Draft day decision makers: Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins draft is technically run by General Manager Bruce Allen, but Head Coach Mike Shanahan has the final say on all personnel decisions. The two likely sit down together to make all the final decisions. This will be the second draft of the Allen-Shanahan regime and the first one left something to be desired. Even if we count Donovan McNabb as this team’s second round pick the 2010 class was way below average. This team simply must do a better job on draft day.

Allen comes to the Redskins after stints with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While GM of Tampa Bay he led a youth movement that had very mixed results. They did win two NFC South division titles while he was there, but as a whole the group underperformed and after a 9-7 2008 season he was let go.

Mike Shanahan on the other hand has a long history with the Denver Broncos having final say over personnel decisions. For the most part he does a very good job of finding guys who fit his system, guys like 2010 first round draft pick Trent Williams, but also has had his share of draft day misses.

Coming off a 6-10 season the Redskins need to deliver a strong draft class to keep their rebuilding effort moving. I would expect them to draft a QB early and then look for offensive linemen that fit Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme in the middle rounds.

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