March 28, 2012; Palm Beach, FL, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan listens to a reporters questions during the NFC head coaches media breakfast at the Breakers Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Mike Shanahan held a pre-draft press conference today in Ashburn. As usual some interesting tidbits came out during the presser and there may have been some hints at what the Redskins will do in this week's NFL Draft.
The most startling comments came in regards to the right tackle position. We have to draft another tackle in the third or fourth, right? RIGHT? I feel like I've been yelling that for year's but Shanny seems pretty content with Jammal Brown and others:
"His flexibility is 100 percent different than the last two years, We believe we helped ourselves just with Jammal Brown getting better." via Mike Wise
Shanny also hinted at Tyler Polumbus and recent addition James Lee at being very capable backups at the right tackle position. Strangely enough Willie Smith was not mentioned, so perhaps he is slated to backup Trent Williams. Shanny made it sound as if additions to the tackle positions are not in the immediate future for the Skins.
Other interesting statements after the jump:
Apparently Jabbar Gaffney has been given the opportunity to seek a trade but is more than welcome to come back as a Redskin:
"I know he was very troubled about it, I won't go through our conversation but he was upset with what happened with Twitter, but that was not the deciding factor.
He may want to come back and compete," Shanahan said. "I can’t tell you at this time what’s going to happen."
Shanahan also commented on Chris Cooley's health saying he should be ready to go for OTAs. Here are some other tidbits from the presser via Mike Wise.