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Shanahan: Williams is a natural for zone-blocking scheme


After selecting former Oklahoma offensive lineman Trent Williams with the fourth overall pick Thursday evening, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan praised Williams for his athleticism and said he believed the tackle would fit well in the team's zone blocking scheme.

"Well, [Oklahoma Coach] Bob Stoops told me and I felt this way watching film, I want to get a little reinforcement from him, he's been around a lot of good football players throughout his career and there's not many athletes that are 315 pounds that can run that 4.8 range and show the type of athleticism that we look for," Shanahan said. "And we do run that zone blocking scheme, a very agile offensive tackle is something we look for. Sometimes it's hard to find unless you do pick in the first round or early in the first round and we think we found the guy that can really help us."

Though Williams played much of his career at right tackle and also started a game at center, Shanahan said the Redskins will immediately pencil Williams in at left tackle.

The 6-foot-5, 314-pound Williams earned consensus first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors after shifting to left tackle as a senior and will step in to replace veteran Chris Samuels, who retired this offseason.

There were several reports on Thursday that the Redskins were looking to select safety Eric Berry or trade up to take quarterback Sam Bradford, and some had projected Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung as the pick.

But Shanahan reiterated that the Redskins felt confident that Williams was their choice.

"It's an ongoing process, you're evaluating a lot of different people," Shanahan said. "You're not really sure who is going to go at one, two and three and you're evaluating everybody because sometimes you move up sometimes you move down and a lot of variables in there. So you go through the due process. But at the end of the day we were hoping that Trent would be there and luckily he was."

Asked if they had specifically looked at safety, Shanahan again said the team had considered its options but in the end felt Williams was the best selection.

"We had a bunch of different directions we could go," Shanahan said. "Obviously I thought that the tackle position was a need for us. I wasn't sure that Trent was going to be there and if Trent wasn't there would we have entertained different positions? Sure we would have. That's the constant when you're dealing with the draft. But I feel very good about our safety position. I think that we're very deep at that position, I feel very confident not only with our first and our second team. Looking at our mini camp I was very encouraged by the depth we have there and hopefully it'll prevail throughout the season."

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 22, 2010; 11:06 PM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft , Trent Williams  
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Comments

Tomorrow night is round 2 and 3.

Posted by: stevek20147

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You're right. My bad. It begins at 6:30, right? Ok, my point being ... The skins have time to tonight, tomorrow and the entire 2nd round (to see who drops to the 3rd round) to swing a deal. I still don't think the Lions are out in terms of acquiring Hanesworth. I think Martin Mayhew (remember him?) is giddy at the idea of putting Suh and AH together at DT. He's seen how effective in can be in Minnesota with the Williams twins, IMO.

Posted by: C-DubDC | April 22, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Me I trust MS on TW than all the media talking heads and the bloggers on this site.

How can you not be happy with the Skins selecting an OT?

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Clausen to KC in the 2nd. JC to BUF for a 3rd.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 22, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth to the rams? Rocky to the saints? JC to SOMEONE? What I want more than anything right now is for us to get either jamaal brown or flozell Adams. Instant QB protection

Posted by: ddrcoaster | April 22, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

AH has gone from the team's "starter" at NT to competing at different positions. Chalk round 1 to AH.


Shanahan: Haynesworth not on trading block
By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
04/22/10 11:04 PM EDT

Shortly after Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher told Titans beat writers that "the door is shut" on any potential trade for Albert Haynesworth, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the defensive tackle is not being shopped.

"We don't have him on the trading block," Shanahan said. "Does that mean we won't listen to anything that would happen? No. But it would be us listening. I would not anticipate him going anywhere unless he doesn't come to our [training] camp. I'm looking forward to him coming in and competing at different positions and seeing how he practices and helps our organization."

If the Redskins did trade Haynesworth, I've heard, like others have, that they'd like to get a second-round pick in return. Or, perhaps, a third-rounder this year and another one next year. This draft is deep in the second and third rounds, so it would make sense that Washington would want to get picks in those rounds. They don't have any now, but Shanahan also told us a couple times that Donovan McNabb is this year's second-round choice (and Jeremy Jarmon is the third rounder).

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Ok, time to go to bed -- satisfied the team made the right decision and didn't draft a kicker and a bologna sandwich. Let's start prepping for tomorrow and hope we can dump some dead weight onto some unsuspecting suckers and get into the 2nd or 3rd (or both) rounds. Peace!

Posted by: C-DubDC | April 22, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

i want Sergio Kindle
we need OLBs

Posted by: ColumbiaUSkins | April 22, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

O.K. one down, three to go. BTW there is absolutely no way in hell any GM is gonna' give up half of HAYNESWORTH's bonus plus a draft pick to acquire him. He's a REDSKIN for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 22, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Can Levi play RT?

Posted by: AdamCr | April 22, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

If Shanahan had a crystal ball and knew Clausen would fall to the second round, would he have traded for DM5?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 22, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Stunning that Denver gave up more to get Tebow than we gave up for McNabb.

Posted by: thinker11 | April 22, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

be nice if they could get a second for Haynesworth and land Clausen still

Posted by: graywolf323 | April 22, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Should be obvious that GM's don't want CLAUSEN, Thirty minds can't all be wrong.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 22, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

If Shanahan had a crystal ball and knew Clausen would fall to the second round, would he have traded for DM5?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 22, 2010 11:21 PM |

Yes!

Games are won in the 4th qtr. DM5 has that ability. Does anyone currently on the roster have that ability?

Who would Clausen learn that from?

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | April 22, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If Shanahan had a crystal ball and knew Clausen would fall to the second round, would he have traded for DM5?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 22, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Of course he would. A McNABB in the hand is worth two pickles in the bush.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 22, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse


If Shanahan had a crystal ball and knew Clausen would fall to the second round, would he have traded for DM5?

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 22, 2010 11:21 PM


yes.

Posted by: edvar | April 22, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see Al hasn't been traded. Once things get going, he'll be fine & we'll be stout on D with him. Hail!

Posted by: hand_of_doom | April 22, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

So ask Shanny who's going to play free safety. LL is moving to SS. Do they like Kareem? Too bad we don't still have Coffee. Safties would be Kareem and Coffee.

Maybe it's time to go to bed.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 22, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Shud be anyone else, sri.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | April 22, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

There is still HUGE talent out there waiting to be drafted! Please trade up into one of the rounds and get someone that wants to play and will do what they r told!!!

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | April 22, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Me I trust MS on TW than all the media talking heads and the bloggers on this site.

How can you not be happy with the Skins selecting an OT?

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:14 PM

TW is a Clady clone. Clady is already a top 3 LT, I hope Shanny is right.

He's going to need to be pretty good considering the Eagles took Graham and the Giants took Pierre-Paul to add to their superior pass rush.

I would have gone with Okung. The Seahawks have easily the best draft so far and are a lock for a top 3 draft even if they select you and me in the next two rounds.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 22, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Of course he would. A McNABB in the hand is worth two pickles in the bush.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 22, 2010 11:28 PM

?????????????

Posted by: skinfanman | April 22, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of trading next years #1 to get in to round two or next years 2nd round pick to get into the third round?

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

be nice if they could get a second for Haynesworth and land Clausen still

Posted by: graywolf323 | April 22, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

be nice for who? You and your personal love for Clausen? You actually want to give Haynesworth away for Clausen? Wow!

Posted by: abxinc | April 22, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Clausen has good value early in the second round. I guess McShay was correct about where Clausen would go. Here's hoping the Skins get back into the late second or third round (getting into the early second will be expensive).

Posted by: TWISI | April 22, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Any chance RT Bruce Campbell falls to our pick in the 4th round? He's an athletic type.

Posted by: Vicc | April 22, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

This talk of getting one 2nd rounder for AH is pure idiocy.

If the Fins can cough up two 2nd rounders for B.Marshall AND have to pay him big, we should be able to get MORE for one of the top 5 D-tackles in the game playing on a CHEAP contract.

Shanny said he's off the block and I hope it stays that way.

In closing, bravo to the Skins FO for doing the obviously right thing in taking a talented LT prospect. Now we just need to bring in a guy like Levi Jones or Jamaal Brown to give us some veteran cover at the tackle position.

I also find it pretty funny how JReid and all of his useless rumor-mongering blogging buddies are reduced to dis-information tools at this time of year.

The top of this draft pretty much played out how every boneheaded yahoo who follows football would have predicted at the start of the offseason.

But all of these "insiders" fall over each other for months trying to scoop the next guy with stupid rumors everytime an NFL GM cuts a loud fart.

They issue 20 different mock drafts and then turn around and take credit for "predicting" a team's pick if they mentioned it once.

Posted by: p1funk | April 22, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

"Giants took Pierre-Paul to add to their superior pass rush."

the giants pass rush last year was a joke...just saying. that why they took a de. #1 giants topic up here in nyc "what happened to giants pass rush"

look for usi to get traded.

Posted by: chrislarry | April 22, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d817b5186&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

Notably, Williams said he didn't meet with Dan Snyder during his Washington trip, another sign that the Redskins' owner has relinquished control of the roster to Shanahan and Allen. Dinners with Snyder were a standard feature of big-name player visits in past years.

Posted by: anacostia85 | April 22, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of trading next years #1 to get in to round two or next years 2nd round pick to get into the third round?

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:34 PM |

That's how we got in the position we are in now. No way you trade a 1 for a 2.

Posted by: anacostia85 | April 22, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of trading next years #1 to get in to round two or next years 2nd round pick to get into the third round?

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:34 PM


Noooooooooooo!


Stop mortgaging our future picks.

Posted by: edvar | April 22, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

yeah sorry curz no...especially considering you are likely not have to pay future #1s anywhere near where rookie salaries are now.

Posted by: chrislarry | April 22, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

be nice if they could get a second for Haynesworth and land Clausen still

Posted by: graywolf323 | April 22, 2010 11:09 PM

That would be beyond stupid.

Get rid of one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL for a QB prospect who won't play for three years.

Go to bed.

Posted by: edvar | April 22, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

WaPo and Shanahan confirm what Vicc has been saying since the rumors began: Fat Albert won't be traded.

Posted by: Vicc | April 22, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm with both of you on trading future picks. Just wondering how others feel about it.

No trade beeps!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | April 22, 2010 11:43 PM

We weren't even competitive in the two games with the Giants last year.

We lost by 6 week 1 but we were never in that game.

Giants DL/OL>>>>Skins DL/OL

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 22, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

redskins vs Ravens in Super Bowl XLV

Posted by: gpoi | April 22, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of trading next years #1 to get in to round two or next years 2nd round pick to get into the third round?

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 22, 2010 11:34 PM |

That's how we got in the position we are in now. No way you trade a 1 for a 2.

Posted by: anacostia85


It's pretty clear that Curzon is actually Vinny Cerrato.

Posted by: mrsaun | April 22, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of trading next years #1 to get in to round two or next years 2nd round pick to get into the third round?

Posted by: Curzon417

If we were on the cusp, sure. But we're not. We will most likely draft in the top 16 of next year's, so we'd be giving up a good pick. We'll probably need another lineman next year!

Also, next year's 1st rounder is only worth about a single 2nd rounder this year. Maybe throw in a 5th or later with it. I know it doesn't make sense, but that's how it is.

Posted by: lordtwang | April 23, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

It's a damn shame that Albert won't be gone. The sooner they get rid of the fat, lazy jerk the better! He's a top 5 DT about 50 percent of the time because that is about all he plays.
And because everyone knows about Haynesworth's attitude and his approach to the game so that's why a second rounder is about as much as you can get for him.

Posted by: templetontherat1978 | April 23, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

we do have a third round pick in this draft. We already used it on Jeremy Jarmon. why get you guys understand that?
seems like a good third rounder before he got hurt..

Posted by: dean4 | April 23, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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