Draft needs will be a big topic of discussion during the three months between now and the NFL draft. Fans, draft analysts, and other pundits will probably list just about every position on the field as a need for the Redskins, who have some good players but are in need of depth just about everywhere.
But if you ask Scot McCloughan, the general manager who will be making the draft picks, what the team needs, he has a much simpler answer.
He used the phrase, singular or plural, 23 times in a 20-minute press conference in Mobile.
On DB Kyshoen Jarrett: “He’s a really good football player.”
On Robert Griffin III: “He is a good football player.”
On what he’s doing at the Senior Bowl: “I’m looking for the best football players.”
On what new linebackers coach Greg Manusky is going to do: “Help guys become better football players.”
I'm sure you get the idea without me listing all 23 repetitions.
So when he was asked what he was looking for with the Redskins’ first-round pick, the 21st in the draft, he doubled down on his favorite phrase.
"There’s going to be a good football player there no matter what,” he said. “Like I said last year, in every round we pick there’s going to be a good football player. That’s the way the draft works, that’s what you make of it.”
Of course, McCloughan isn’t looking for just any guy who happens to be wearing a helmet a shoulder pads. He’s looking for a specific type.
“I don’t need the biggest, the fastest, the prettiest – I want a football player . . . I know I keep reiterating on it but high-character football players; that are tough guys that understand that it’s about the sum of parts not the individual,” he said.
So if during the draft you find yourself wondering why the Redskins by passed the player you wanted them to take, stop and think that it just may be because, in Scot McCloughan’s eyes, he’s not a “football player”.