Shanahan: Lockout won't dissuade Redskins from drafting QB

If Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has his heart set on drafting a quarterback early in the NFL draft, a long lockout would not dissuade Shanahan from picking him -- or starting him, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Shanahan emphasized he hopes there is a quick resolution to the labor dispute, and that a lockout extending into the summer could stunt any rookie's growth initially.

"No, that doesn't bother me," Shanahan said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in New Orleans. "I think everybody's in the same situation, bringing in a rookie quarterback or even a veteran quarterback. I don't care what it is, if someone's not familiar with your system, it's going to take some time."

The Redskins are expected to release veteran Donovan McNabb, while Rex Grossman, who replaced McNabb as a starter in the final three games, will be a free agent. It's possible the team will bring one of them back and or sign another veteran. Regardless, the team is expected to select a passer at some point.

"Obviously, you would like to have a full offseason to work with them, and your whole team, but that might not be the case," Shanahan said. "So you have game plans for every situation."

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