In case you were wondering which Washington Redskins coach was driving the John-Beck-as-starter bandwagon, now you know. Via Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com:
Kyle: "My first year as a position coach in the league, Houston had me scout all the quarterbacks coming out that year,'' Kyle Shanahan said. "That was the JaMarcus Russell year, with Brady Quinn, Trent Edwards, Kevin Kolb and Beck. So they asked me who I'd pick if I had the 10th pick in the draft. I told them Beck. They said he's not worth the 10th pick in the draft. I was standing on the table for him. I've never seen a guy play that well in college.''
The Texans ultimately took Amobi Okoye, a defensive tackle, with the pick. Okoye has started pretty much every single game of his career since then. Three of the next five picks were Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis and Lawrence Timmons. In other words, Kyle Shanahan is volunteering information suggesting he would have taken John Beck over a bunch of Pro Bowlers.
I'm guessing he would have taken Donovan McNabb in the fifth round of the 1999 draft.