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Group decides Redskins draft pick, but Bruce Allen has final say on trades

There's no confusion over who will make the Washington Redskins' draft pick. It won't be one person making the final call at the last minute -- and any strong debate would have taken place before the selection.

If there's a trade? Then it's up to one person: president Bruce Allen.

With general manager Scot McCloughan fired early last month, the question has been: Who's in charge of the Redskins' draft? Scott Campbell, their director of college scouting, has been the point man since McCloughan's firing. But coach Jay Gruden has long enjoyed evaluating players and Allen, obviously, will be involved as well.

Campbell told reporters Monday what the team has long said: They receive input from many, place a grade on a player and let that be their guide. It's similar to how they ran the 2014 draft, with all the parties still in their current positions.

"The goal is to not have panic on draft day," Campbell said. "You don't want to have a brand-new argument break out right there before you're picking. That's ridiculous. I've never seen that happen in any team I've been with. It's all been worked out, hashed out. The argument's already been had, because really by then it's too late. You've got to go with how they are."

But if the Redskins want to make a trade, then a final call must be made by one person -- and that's Allen. Eric Schaffer, their chief negotiator, and Alex Santos, their director of pro personnel, will work the phones -- calling those ahead of them or fielding calls from those behind them.

"A lot of times per Bruce's instructions, he'll say, 'Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.' And then we're receiving calls too at the same time," Campbell said.

At that point, they'll tell the group what they can receive if they trade back -- or what it would cost to move up.

"It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying 'No, no, we've got enough guys there' or say 'I like these guys,' or like, 'Hey, there's guys there,'" Campbell said. "So it's kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it's Bruce saying, 'Just tell them we're not interested,' or he says, 'Get the league on the phone. We're going to make that trade.'"

One aspect the Redskins do agree on: It's a good draft for defensive players.

"It's one of the strongest, deepest classes on the defensive side of the ball that I've seen," said Campbell, entering his 31st season in the NFL. "I know there's going to be a guy sitting there at 17 or if we want to move back, there's enough thickness of the group. Across the board on defense, I'm really excited about the class and the guys we're going to bring in are going to help us. So if I have to identify any kind of trend or something I see in the board itself, I think the defensive side of the ball is pretty good."