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Shanahan was emphatic when explaining why he values interacting with the area scouts. Last Wednesday before hosting Senior Bowl practice, he met with them to discuss the prospects on the South roster.

“Not only did they get a feel for what we saw in the first two practices, we heard how they felt, a little bit more about their background, because area scouts usually know what type of guy they are — good guy, bad guy, the reputation he has,” Shanahan said. “We get a chance to be around these guys for three more days, so we get to ask a few more questions after listening to them.”

The results, at least to this point, appear to have helped the Redskins‘ building process. Eleven of 12 players from last year’s draft were on the active roster at one point. And second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins, who meets the new requirements for a Redskins defensive end, would have been a major contributor if he had not torn the ACL in his right knee during the preseason.

First-round pick Ryan Kerrigan played every snap of his rookie season and had 7.5 sacks. Fourth-round running back Roy Helu set a Redskins‘ rookie record with three straight 100-yard games. On the back end of the class, sixth-round running back Evan Royster averaged 5.9 yards on 56 carries.

Of course, it’s relatively easy for draft picks to make an impact on a team coming off multiple losing seasons. But as Campbell sees it, that’s the point.

“I think that’s how you build a football team,” he said. “Most teams that have had success, that’s the way they’ve done it.”