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Gibbs 'Comfortable' With Redskins' Roster

Coming off a playoff season and an aggressive free agency period, the Redskins entered the NFL Draft with few holes on the roster.

After a draft bounty that netted six more players, including a potential starter in linebacker Roger "Rocky" McIntosh, Gibbs said he felt comfortable with the makeup of the team at this point of the offseason.

"I don't you ever feel as a coach that you have everything," Gibbs commented on Sunday evening. "But certainly we feel very good about where we are right now. I don't feel like there's something that we have to go make a move on, let's put it that way."

Gibbs, vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and team officials put a focus on acquiring depth, special teams help and developmental players in last weekend's NFL Draft.

After trading up to draft McIntosh in the second round on Saturday, the Redskins had five more picks on Sunday, day two of the draft. The team selected defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery in the fifth round, safety Reed Doughty and defensive tackle Kedric Golston in the sixth round and offensive lineman Kili Lefotu and linebacker Kevin Simon in the seventh round.

Most of those players will likely have to earn a roster spot in their rookie season, then compete on special teams while developing skills as a potential starter down the line.

At one point, Gibbs found himself pacing back and forth, nervous that some prospects the team had targeted would be drafted before the Redskins had a chance to pick. Team officials resisted the urge to trade up on day two, though.

"We had guys we really wanted," Gibbs said. "It was a hectic, long weekend, but I think it was kind of an important one for our team."

Gibbs said the Redskins did not go into the draft specifically looking to use so many picks on defense. Six of the team's seven draft picks were on defense, including two linebackers and two defensive tackles.

"What we tried to do on each one of our picks is say, 'What's the best pick for the football team,'" he said. "In every case, when we got to the picks, the guys who we really felt fit the best for us wound up being on defense. It wasn't planned, by any means. It was where we thought those players in that round and that position had the best chance of making the club."

Asked if the offense remained somewhat thin at offensive tackle, Gibbs said that Lefotu was drafted because he can play tackle, guard and center. Currently, the Redskins have untested backups Jim Molinaro, Jonta Woodard and Jon Alston serving as backups to starters Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen.

The Redskins will add approximately 11 undrafted rookie free agents during the next week. Those players will likely compete for roster spots and the practice squad.

The team is pursuing undrafted free agents who would have a chance to make the team, Gibbs said.

"I don't want to sign a bunch of guys just to sign them," he said. "When you talk to those guys, I think you have an obligation to tell them exactly what the situation is and where they fit in.

"A lot of times, the guys that don't get picked have a lot of choices. I talked to an agent who said to me, 'Look, I just made four other teams mad. Take care of this guy.' So those are the kinds of things that are playing out. I take it real serious. We're real careful about it."

One undrafted free agent that the team has no interest in is quarterback Marcus Vick, who had a checkered career at Virginia Tech before entering the 2006 draft. Gibbs said the team is set at the QB position with Mark Brunell, Todd Collins, Jason Campbell and Casey Bramlet.

The Redskins are expected to announce the list of undrafted free agent signings later this week.

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