With less certainty in their pick than last year, and much less of a national spotlight, the Washington Redskins are busily preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night in New York City. Mike Shanahan addressed the media Wednesday about the team's 51st pick.
With no first round pick - and no pick at all until 51st overall in Friday's 2nd round, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan called trading up into the first round a long-shot and a "one-in-a million" chance.
Shanahan, though, still didn't rule out any possibilities.
"I've learned through the years (that) you've got to be true to your board and you've got to look at every player," Shanahan said.
The draft conversation quickly shifted to yet another frequently talked about subject: Robert Griffin III, who's still recovering from major knee surgery.
"One thing I don't want to do is I don't want to see anything too quick," Shanahan said. "One thing we will make sure of is that Robert never plays if he isn't 100 percent."
Griffin had surgery on his ACL January 9 after tearing it in his team's Divisional Playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks He is expected to be ready for the Redskins season opener on Sept. 9.
Shanahan has been criticized for not removing Griffin from that Seahawks game earlier.
"Sometimes you make the right call, other times you don't, but at the end of the day you're always hoping that you learn from your mistakes, whatever they are," Shanahan said.