- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 7, 2002

The Washington Redskins yesterday acquired David Loverne to compete for the left guard spot by swapping places with the New York Jets at an undisclosed point in this month's NFL Draft.
Loverne, who turns 26 next month, did not blossom into the player the Jets thought he would be when they selected him in the third round of the 1999 draft. New York lost left guard Kerry Jenkins in free agency this offseason but signed former Redskin Dave Szott rather than promote Loverne.
But the Redskins like the physical play and potential of Loverne, a 6-foot-3, 299-pound former tackle at San Jose State. The club expects him to make the roster and perhaps contend for Szott's vacated spot at left guard.
The pick involved for each side is believed to be in the fourth or fifth round. Before the trade, Washington had selections in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, as well as two in the seventh. The Jets had picks in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth.
Loverne saw time in short-yardage situations and on special teams in 2000 and 2001 after being inactive all of 1999. His work at fullback in goal-line sets demonstrates his mobility, something teams generally look for at left guard, where players tend to pull more and do less drive-blocking for the run.
The Redskins still might select a guard in the first round of the draft, where their pick at No.18 might land any one of the top-rated interior blockers: Nebraska's Toniu Fonoti, Colorado's Andre Gurode or Auburn's Kendall Simmons. Or Washington might sign another veteran, having negotiated with Bob Hallen and held preliminary conversations with Heath Irwin.
Two 2001 rookies, Ross Tucker and Alex Sulfsted, lined up first-string for the Redskins during last month's minicamp, but the club since has signed St.Louis Rams free agent Rod Jones to start on the right side. Washington also picked up starting center Larry Moore from the Indianapolis Colts.
Ben Coleman, who started at right guard for the Redskins last season, remains unlikely to return. Backup center Mark Fischer signed an injury protection agreement to participate in minicamp but remains unsigned.

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