Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan will hold his first press conference following the 2016 NFL Draft on Monday afternoon at Redskins Park. That comes after McCloughan first shared his take on his seven-player haul earlier in the day on ESPN 980.
"My gut tells me we did a good job. We got not just quality football players, but quality individuals," McCloughan said on the "Cooley and Kevin" morning show. "They're going to work hard and understand the importance of team."
Washington selected TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson with the 22nd overall pick, USC safety Su'a Cravens in the second round and Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller in the third. By nearly any measure, all three are strong prospects*. Yet none of them are defensive linemen, which was perceived as the team's biggest need, and ideal for a class loaded with quality prospects at that spot. McCloughan eventually added some DL help in the fifth round with Temple's Matt Ioannidis.
"It goes to show our philosophy going forward," McCloughan said. "We worked so hard all fall, in the spring to set [our draft board] right. ...We got the best football players. You can't have enough football players."
[* For what it's worth, all three were in my first mock draft after the college football season. The two defensive backs dropped out soon after.]
Selecting Doctson in the first round, even with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon on the roster, epitomized the sticking-with-the-board strategy. Despite the positional strength, McCloughan said the 6-foot-2 receiver was "the best player on our board."
The Redskins landed Doctson after executing one of their three trades. This one moved Washington back just one spot, but it allowed Houston to take a receiver it desired. The Texans took Notre Dame's Will Fuller, leaving Doctson for the gambling McCloughan, who admitted he didn't know who Houston wanted.
"We had a really good feeling [Doctson] would be there and we had him ranked higher than Fuller," the GM said.
As for why he fell for Doctson, McCloughan noted his impressive size and "not great play speed, but really good play speed. He's a phenomenal athlete. he's got great body control and hand-eye coordination. He makes some very impressive plays."
Some other highlights:
* McCloughan likes the versatility offered by Cravens, who he said is "the definition of a football player."
* Fuller passed his team physical after coming off microfracture surgery last year. Despite the injury, McCloughan identified the "intriguing" corner as the player with arguably the best chance to help right away. "He's such a good football player. ...I respect guys who can come in as a freshman and start."
* McCloughan acknowledged he had genuine interest in Alabama center Ryan Kelly, who went off the board at No. 18 to Indianapolis.
* Jackson and Garcon will return for 2016 under their current contracts.
* McCloughan remains "positive" that the team will come to terms on a long-term deal with quarterback Kirk Cousins, who had the one-year franchise tag placed on him in March. The two sides have until mid-summer to come together on a multi-year deal or the QB will count for $20 million on the 2016 salary cap.
"I get along with Kirk very well, not just as a football player, but a person," McCloughan said. "Everybody does. Everybody respects what he did last year. ... But it's a business too. He has to do what's best for him. His agent has to do what's best for him. We've got to do what's best for the organization. In the long run, I'd love to have him be our quarterback for the next 5-7 years, would love to, but it's a business. There are two sides. It's not just us. The fans want him. I want him. The coaches want him. The president wants him. The owner wants him. But, it's a business, it's part of the process. I feel positive about it, I really do. Even if [the long-term contract] it doesn't happen this year, I feel positive going forward that he's going to be our quarterback for a long time."
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