Even though the Redskins’ first pick is spoken for and they don’t have a second-rounder, Mike Shanahan can still have some fun throwing out smokescreens regarding the NFL draft.
We may have seen a classic one on Wednesday. While answering a question about drafting for need, Shanahan volunteered some information about right tackle Jammal Brown.
“Right now I feel better about Jammal Brown than I have at any time since I’ve been here,” he said. “That hip that he’s had that tear on looks better than it’s ever looked.”
Brown has been the Redskins’ staring right tackle for the past two seasons. His hip injury, which caused him to miss the entire 2009 season when he was with the Saints, has forced him to miss five starts and has clearly hampered his play when he has been in there.
Shanahan also mentioned options at the position such as Tyler Polumbus, who filled in at a few different line spots last year, and James Lee, who the team signed as a free agent earlier this month.
Given the context of the discussion of Brown, in the midst of talking about draft needs, it would be easy to think that the Redskins have no intention of drafting someone to play right tackle. According to Shanahan, they have a healthy former Pro Bowler in Brown and two other experienced options.
Of course, they could have every intention of taking an tackle in the middle rounds. There is are many reasons to discount the words of Shanahan or any other NFL coach less than 36 hours before the draft, especially if the information is volunteered.