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LeRibeus At Home In Zone-Blocking Scheme


When the Redskins drafted Josh LeRibeus with the 71st overall selection in the draft, they had to project how he would adapt to a zone-blocking scheme.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has perfected the system, using smaller, more athletic linemen that move laterally and block downfield.

LeRibeus played almost exclusively in a man-blocking system at Southern Methodist University, but feels ready to make the transition to zone.

"I love it," LeRibeus told the media in his draft day conference call.  "We did a lot of it at the [East-West] Shrine game.  Definitely feels more at home."

During his college days with the Mustangs, LeRibeus would take the snap from a two-point stance.  In Washington, he'll have one hand in the dirt, allowing him to take advantage of his physical nature.

"I play with a lot of strength and aggression," he said.  "The three-point stance is just exploding off of the ball, and it's definitely something I feel more comfortable with."

Head coach Mike Shanahan told the media after the draft that he had LeRibeus ranked high on his board, and sees him as a good fit in Washington.

"Here's a guy that has pretty good size, does have quickness, plays the center or guard position, and is extremely bright," Shanahan explained.  "We're very happy to get him."

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