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Allen discusses Redskins' draft plans
Sam Bradford is the NFL's likely No. 1 pick. No one is quite sure of who'll go next.
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They traded their second-round choice (No. 37 overall) to Philadelphia for McNabb earlier this month. The third-rounder was used to take defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in last summer's supplemental draft, and the sixth-rounder was dealt to Miami for defensive end Jason Taylor in 2008. Two of those three transactions occurred before Allen and Shanahan were hired.
"If you look at my past, I love draft choices, so this is a little bit unusual for me going in without a third- or a sixth-rounder, and making the decision to acquire someone like Donovan," said Shanahan, who averaged almost eight picks per draft in 14 seasons in Denver.
Washington could recoup some of those selections through trades, but the likelihood of moving back into the top half of the draft is unlikely if the Redskins aren't looking to deal Haynesworth, as Allen said.
One day after Shanahan said Washington hasn't attempted to trade any players other than Campbell, Allen went a step further in attempting to quell the Haynesworth chatter.
"We really are looking forward to Albert coming in and helping us win," he said.
As for Campbell, the market for his services figures to evolve as quarterbacks are drafted and teams in need of one weigh Campbell's availability against the remaining available passers.
"Jason's a known commodity and a proven player in this league," Allen said, "but nothing is imminent."
One noticeable absence from Allen's news conference yesterday was owner Daniel Snyder, who usually attends the annual event.
Allen gave the impression that Snyder is not involved in the player evaluation process other than meeting with prospects to get a feel for their personality and character. Snyder will be at team headquarters during the draft.
"We want all the ownership to be here," Allen said. "This is an exciting time for the Redskins. Dan's involvement, I'm not sure what he has done before, but I do know that he cares about the character of the players that we bring in who will wear burgundy and gold."
Washington signed wide receivers Marques Hagans and Roydell Williams, running back Ryan Torain and nose tackle Howard Green yesterday.
Hagans, a former Virginia standout, and Williams were in Redskins training camp last year. Torain played for Shanahan in Denver in 2008, and Green played for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in New Orleans in 2004.
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