Shanahan Says Skins Won’t Draft Players With Character Issues

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says when it comes to taking players with questionable character, it’s not going to happen.

“If it’s a big risk, we’re not going there. We’re not going there,” Shanahan said at his pre-draft press conference, The Washington Post’s Mike Jones reported. “We’ve worked too hard to build this football team to take big risks. Now, will you take a risk? It all depends on how much research you do and you decide if it’s worth the risk, and sometimes we’ll look at a guy and someone will think it is a big risk but we’ve done our homework so, if it was that big a risk, he wouldn’t be on our football team.

“So, you go ahead and do your homework, your due diligence. There’s always mistakes made, but that’s something that we put a lot of time in.”

Shanahan described their background check process.

“Go back to high school. Go back to the college,” Shanahan said. “Go back to the equipment man, the trainer. Not just the coaches that usually give you the standard line, ‘Yeah, this guy’s great.’ Teachers in college. There’s a lot of different people that you can find out about the true character of a guy and usually it’s the people that aren’t your coach or aren’t the people that are talking to the scouts.

“We try to do that and if you do it enough and you’ve got scouts that work hard enough, you start eliminating mistakes and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”

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