- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2000

Cleaning out the notebook on the second day of the NFL Draft:
(You know what they say: Waste not, want not.)
The Redskins didn't waste any time yesterday. With their first pick, in the fourth round, they took the Best Mookie Available Michael "Mookie" Moore, a guard from Troy State.
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As any personnel guy will tell you, you can't have too many Mookies on your roster.
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All in all, it was a fabulous draft for the Redskins. They got two blue-chippers in the first round, added depth (they hope) in the later rounds and the coup de grace not one of their selections is represented by Master P.
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I have just one reservation about LaVar Arrington: How did a college team that produced the top two picks in the draft (as Penn State did) end up playing in the Alamo Bowl?
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For those who keep track of such things, here are the players the 49ers wound up with after trading the No. 3 pick to the Redskins for four later selections:
LB Julian Peterson, Michigan State (first round, 16th pick).
CB Ahmed Plummer, Ohio State (first round, 24th pick).
CB Jason Webster, Texas A&M; (second round, 48th pick).
LB Jeff Ulbrich, Hawaii (third round, 86th pick).
San Francisco dealt the 12th pick, which it got from Washington, to the Jets for the 24th and 48th picks. Then, during the draft, it sent the fourth- and fifth-rounders it acquired from the Redskins to the Seahawks for a third-rounder (used to select Ulbrich).
Will these four players do more for the Niners than Chris Samuels does for the Redskins? Beats me, but I'm dying to find out.
Footnote: It was interesting to see Bill Walsh double up on cornerbacks in the first two rounds. The last time he did that was in 1981, when he took Ronnie Lott No. 1 and Eric Wright with his second No. 2 choice. Lott, of course, had a Hall of Fame career, and Wright went to two Pro Bowls.
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Lots of first-round offensive tackles are starters as rookies because their teams don't have anybody else. That's not the case with the Redskins, though. Andy Heck, their incumbent left tackle, is quite capable. So I asked Norv Turner: Are you looking for Samuels to play right away?
His answer: "When you pick a player that high, that's your expectation. Everything ability, competitiveness indicates he's ready [to start]. He'll line up the first day of training camp right opposite Bruce Smith, so he'll be tested right away. I expect him to be ready."
That I've gotta see not Samuels going up against a future Hall of Famer but Smith lining up on the first day of camp. From what I've heard, Bruce hasn't been much for practice in recent years. He basically just has shown up for the games. (Seniority has its privileges in the NFL.)
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Todd Husak, the Redskins' sixth-round pick, might not set the world on fire as a quarterback, but coming from Stanford he should at least be able to remember the plays.
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Call me crazy, but I really think the Redskins will miss Brad Badger, who signed with the Vikings as a free agent. He's a versatile backup who can play guard and, in a pinch, tackle, and every team needs a guy like that. When he filled in for Keith Sims last season, the running game didn't miss a beat, averaging 187 yards in three games.
The Redskins don't have anybody on the roster like Badger right now, and they certainly didn't replace him in the draft. With the fifth-round compensatory pick they got from Minnesota, they took a safety, Quincy Sanders of UNLV. Given Sims' age (33 in June) and Tre Johnson's injury history, I would have tried to find a way any way to keep Badger. It might have taken some creative cap-onomics, but it would have been worth it.
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Biggest upset of the draft: Defensive tackle Jeff Marriott, the Patriots' fifth-rounder from Missouri, is not repeat, not majoring in hotel/motel management. (Agricultural economics is his bag.)
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Just wondering: Do you have to be a top-five pick to be whisked to Washington in Dan Snyder's jet, or is he going to treat all his first-round choices like that? And what about the helicopter ride? If the Redskins don't pick until the second round some year, will Snyder just send a cab for the kid?
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And finally, the Redskins' eighth and last pick, Oklahoma State wide receiver Ethan Howell, has a twin brother (Evan) who played defensive back for OSU. When Vinny Cerrato phoned Ethan to tell him he had been drafted, the conversation went something like this:
Cerrato: "Who am I talking to, the wide receiver or the DB?"
Voice on the phone: "The DB."
Cerrato: "Well, can I speak to the wide receiver?"
Norv Turner isn't worried about the wrong brother showing up at camp. "Vinny has some experience with twins," he said, "so he'll handle that one."
Cerrato, it turns out, is engaged to a twin.

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