New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan: 'Draft is lifeline of an organization'
McCloughan was hired on Thursday to replace team president Bruce Allen as general manager and will have complete control over the roster. He previously served as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and a senior personnel executive for the Seattle Seahawks, winning the Super Bowl last season.
During his introductory press conference, McCloughan said he wants to follow the same model that led the 49ers and Seahawks to success.
"I honestly think (the) draft is the lifeline of an organization," McCloughan said. "The thing I liked about what we did in (San Francisco), what we did in Seattle: we drafted our own, molded our own and re-signed the ones we wanted to re-sign."
"I think the best-case scenario is you draft and mold your own and re-sign your own. But free agency is still there to be used, make a roster strong -- can't lose sight of that," he said.
While he left the organization in 2010, the 49ers reached three straight NFC championship games and Super Bowl XLVII with a core of players he drafted, including Frank Gore, Joe Staley and Vernon Davis.
After finishing 4-12 in their first season under head coach Jay Gruden, the Redskins will have the No. 5 pick in the 2015 draft.
- Paul Palladino