MOBILE, Ala. | While coach Mike Shanahan and his staff have been on the field working with the South team here at the Senior Bowl this week, the Redskins have had other sets of eyes evaluating the talent from different vantage points.
Director of player personnel Scott Campbell and his team of five area scouts are constants at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. They are hoping to produce an encore worthy of a 2011 draft class that featured several promising rookies, including linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, receiver Leonard Hankerson and running back Roy Helu.
Campbell this morning discussed the momentum his staff has entering its third draft since Shanahan took over.
“It’s always gratifying when you spend the time starting when they’re playing the season in the fall through the process, they come in and look exactly like the guy you described and felt like he was,” Campbell said.
“I think that’s how you build a football team. Most teams that have had success, that’s the way they’ve done it. We’ve had to improve not only the quality of the starters but the depth behind those guys. You’ve got to have drafts like that.
“And it’s still early on that group. I think most people say you’ve got to give it three years to truly get a feel for it because guys develop at different rates. Some are slow developers. Some need time to learn. Some come out of the box like Ryan and contribute immediately. So everyone is at their own pace.”
As for the scouts themselves, Campbell’s group is thrilled that Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen’s high value of draft picks allows them to contribute to the final product.
“Everybody takes pride in what they do,” Campbell said. “We’re all striving and working hard to win football games, and everyone has a role. It’s important to everybody. When players start to have success that you’ve scouted and evaluated, you’re excited about it because it’s helping the football team.”
Much of my 15-minute conversation with Campbell was for a story that will appear in the paper soon. Please keep an eye out for that.