Appearing on ESPN-980 this afternoon, owner Dan Snyder said the Redskins won’t trade their first-round pick in 2010 tomorrow in order to get Mark Sanchez or anyone else. That could make acquiring the coveted USC quarterback problematic since Washington’s first-rounder this year is only No. 13.
“We’re not trading next year’s No. 1,” Snyder said, noting that the only time his Redskins have done that was in 2005 to get current starting quarterback Jason Campbell.
Snyder then cited Washington’s fine track record of first-round picks, mentioning offensive tackle Chris Samuels, safeties Sean Taylor and LaRon Landry and cornerback Carlos Rogers.
Of course, all four of those guys — and linebacker LaVar Arrington, whom Snyder mentioned during Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference, were all top 10 picks.
Snyder said that the Redskins brought in about 20 potential draft picks for visits, but that Sanchez got all the attention because he’s a quarterback.
— Executive vice president Vinny Cerrato said there will be 146 players on the board tomorrow compared to 150-155 last year. Cerrato mentioned picking guard Derrick Dockery in the third round in 2003 because he had a first-round grade although the Redskins had just spent big money on free agent guards Randy Thomas and Dave Fiore the previous month.
— Snyder said the Redskins had signed a player today to compete at offensive tackle. Unclear at the moment who that is. Perhaps former Packer Mark Tauscher?
— Coach Jim Zorn talked about evaluating quarterbacks on accuracy, what former Maryland coach Bobby Ross called “evadeability.” tenacity and leadership. Zorn also said the Redskins will definitely add a quarterback this weekend, whether through the draft or as a undrafted free agent.
— Snyder said the board, which has still yet to be posted in the war room, is based on collective grades from the scouts and coaches not on “need, desire or the media.”
— Zorn predicted big seasons from Campbell as well as disappointing 2008 second-round picks Devin Thomas, Fred Davis and Malcolm Kelly.
- David Elfin