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Quotes: Head Coach Jay Gruden (4-29-16)

Head Coach Jay Gruden

On LB Su'a Cravens:

"Yeah, there's not a lot of things that he can't do. He's a playmaker. When you're talking about defensive football nowadays, you want to get people who can do multiple things and be versatile in what they do and figure out ways to get the ball back for your offense. He's one of the top guys at his position. He's got position flex. He's a ball hawk. He's a turnover machine and he's a great player. He'd be effective on special teams obviously. He can play in the box at linebacker, there's a thought he might be able to play some safety. Once we get him in the building, we will figure out a way to get him on the field."

On DB Kendall Fuller and his knee:

"A lot went into that. We feel good about his progression from his injury. We think he's going to miss rookie minicamp but there's a chance he could be back for the OTA's. Worst case scenario we think he will be back for training camp. He's too talented of a player to pass up. He can play nickel obviously. There's a big hope for him. He can play outside. He's got great, natural football instincts at the nickel or corner position. Obviously he's got great bloodlines. I think it's a great pick."

On the value of versatility and flexibility:

"It's very important. There are so many sub packages nowadays – three-receiver sets, four-receiver sets, halfbacks lined up outside. Tight ends nowadays are versatile and can lineup outside. You need a guy that can be in the box, be effective in the run and then go out and cover people. We're playing Darren Sproles. We are playing running backs who can go out there and catch the ball. [Shane] Vereen of the New York Giants. We've got to be able to have someone in there who can cover. He [Cravens] can lineup in the box. He's effective against the run. He can cover tight ends. He can cover backs. He's a great blitzer. He's got a great nose for the football, one of the best zoning defenders that we saw in this draft. He got great vision on the quarterback, ball-out break. Everything that Joe Barry preaches, he does. We'll find a spot for him whether it's in the box, whether it's out of the box. He'll be effective."

On what the picks and recent signings mean for CB Chris Culliver in terms of his recovery:

"Yeah, that's what we have to wait and see. We have to get him healthy and see where he's at. We're just trying to add good football players to this team. We'll figure out who's playing where, how to get the receivers the ball, what have you. I think the important thing here, and the goal of this draft, is to sign the best players we can and draft the best players we can. Josh, and obviously Su'a and Kendall are three pretty good football players. We feel great about them coming and being Washington Redskins."

On if the team leaned on Dr. James Andrews in assessing Fuller's knee:

"I think every team has that information on the kid and we feel good about his recovery. We know he's a hard worker. We know where he is in his rehab. We'll get him down here and help him along the way, but he's a hard worker and he's going to get himself ready to go."

On not selecting a defensive lineman in the first three rounds:

"There's a lot of debate going on for every pick. We feel great about the guys we got, but I feel good about the line that we have. We'll try to add one tomorrow and see what happens, but we've got [Ryan] Kerrigan, [Junior] Galette, we've got Preston Smith, [Trent] Murphy, [Stephen] Paea, Ricky Jean [Francois], we've got Chris Baker, we've got Kedric [Golston]. We added some other guys. Corey Crawford is a young player – up-and-coming player. I feel good about the depth that we have. I'd like to maybe add one tomorrow, but we'll see."

On if he views Trent Murphy as a defensive lineman now:

"Yeah, absolutely."

On trade interest:

"Yeah, there were a few phone calls that Bruce [Allen] and Scot [McCloughan] took. It just wasn't to our liking, so we stayed where we were and got the players that we wanted."

On Fuller's family history in the NFL and his brothers saying he's the best in the family: "Yeah, that's a pretty good thing to say about the kid. It shows what type of guy he is and what kind of worker he is. It's exciting to know that he has been growing up in football. He has got older brothers that have showed him the ropes. He has gone to Virginia Tech and started a lot of football games there and played for a great coach in Coach Beamer. And I'll tell you what, he's a great kid and if he's the best Fuller like they say he is, man, we've got a heck of a football player. Even if he's not, man, that's a great family football tradition and we are happy to be part of it."

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