NFC East: kellen moore

The Washington Redskins had an extra fourth-round draft pick this year, No. 109 overall, as a result of the Jason Campbell trade with Oakland two years ago. When that pick came around, they traded it to the Steelers for the No. 119 overall pick and what appears to be a sixth-rounder (No. 193 overall). And when the 119th pick came around, the Redskins used it to select Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson.

I still think the Redskins need to be doing more on the offensive line here, but they do look for specific types of linemen for their zone-blocking schemes, and it's possible they have their eyes on some guys they can get in the later rounds. Meantime, they did need some depth in the linebacking corps, and Robinson offers that.

The knock on Robinson is that he's too much of a finesse player and not aggressive or physical enough. But he does have good speed, athleticism and tackling instincts when he gets there, so I guess if they can find a way to make him a little meaner they could have a player on their hands. And as with any linebacker the Redskins bring in, exposure to people like London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo can only help a guy develop his game as a professional.

Me, I thought they'd go quarterback again. Kellen Moore was still on the board, after all, and they've only drafted two so far. ...
Mike Shanahan and his Washington Redskins coaches are serving as the coaching staff for the South team at the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Ala. Coaches who have coached the Senior Bowl in the past say it's a great opportunity to get to know players in a way that the usual pre-draft process doesn't allow. Sure, you can interview these guys and do background checks and give them Wonderlic tests and all of that. But a chance to actually spend a week putting them through drills, learning how they respond to coaching? Priceless, and one more possible aid for Shanahan and the Redskins as they prepare for April's draft.

The two quarterbacks on Shanahan's South team are Arizona's Nick Foles and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, neither of which is projected to be picked as high as No. 6 overall, where the Redskins are picking. But as we've discussed many times here, if the Redskins can't find their franchise quarterback in the first round, they could address another need, such as wide receiver or defensive back, at No. 6 and see if they can't turn up their new quarterback in one of the later rounds. After this week, they'll have a pretty good read on Foles and Weeden and whether either is worth pursuing as a possible solution to the Redskins' biggest problem.

Here's a copy of the roster of the South team that Shanahan and the Redskins' staff will be coaching, and in case you're curious, here's a copy of the North team's roster, which includes Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Minnesota Vikings' coaches are coaching the North team.

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