Cerrato's prediction: Okung to Redskins
Redskins former executive vice president of awkward laughter Vinny Cerrato was on the Mike Wise Show on Wednesday, continuing to promote his upcoming draft work with ESPN Radio, and he offered a mock top 10. Sort of.
(And to those of you who have pleaded with me to stop posting about Vinny Cerrato, sorry. You lose. Check back in 2015. Maybe I'll have gotten over it.)
Anyhow, Cerrato included three offensive tackles in his top nine picks, which caused the earth's plates to shift around a bit. And he predicted one of them would go to the Redskins, which probably makes sense, inasmuch as he won't be the guy making that pick.
"I would say Russell Okung, Oklahoma State offensive tackle," Cerrato predicted. "Big kid, smart kid, three-and-a-half year graduate. Leader of that football team. Similar type personality as Chris Samuels. So I could see Russell Okung going there, or outside chance Trent Williams, tackle from Oklahoma. I could see either one. One of those two."
Cerrato was asked what the team's biggest need is, and somehow, he didn't say punter or wide receiver.
"Let me just say this, I think getting Donovan McNabb was an outstanding move," Cerrato replied. "It's similar to when Mike Shanahan went to Denver and Elway was pretty much the same age. And I think Mike Shanahan is not a good coach, he's a great coach. So I think they would have won nine games no matter who was the quarterback before they got McNabb. Now I think the expectations will be really good, because the offense will be phenomenal.
"Going back to who I think that pick will be, to me the most glaring need is replacing Chris Samuels. And you've got Russell Okung or Trent Williams that will probably be taken off the board at that time, I would think."
Then Wise asked about the Albert Haynesworth imbroglio.
"You know what Mike, I don't know, because I haven't really followed," Cerrato said. "I haven't read a Washington Post in years, so I really haven't followed it at all."
"C'mon," Holden Kushner said.
"Swear to God," Cerrato insisted. "I have a USA Today in my bag right now."
Cerrato was asked if he reads the Baltimore Sun, since he's moving to Charm City.
"No," he said. "You know what, I read the Internet."
"Why would I want to read The Post when all I'm gonna do is get upset?" Cerrato asked.
Well, even if he isn't reading this, I'll go ahead and publish Cerrato's answer when asked to judge his own drafting prowess with the Skins.
"I think we had some pretty good picks," he said. "Because a lot of the high picks that we had were Pro Bowl guys. And I think we didn't have a lot of picks, but I think the picks that we had, most of them came in and contributed and did kind of what we thought. Sean Taylor, I don't think anybody realized, might have been one of the best players in the history of the game. And [Brian] Orap-ko was a Pro Bowler as a rookie at pick 13. A lot of the guys I think contributed and played well. There's always some that you wished would have done better, but that's pretty normal."
Best pick ever?
"Well, you'd have to say probably Sean Taylor or Chris Samuels," Cerrato answered. "Chris Samuels, 7-time Pro bowler. Sean Taylor might have been an 8-, 10-time Pro Bowler if he wouldn't have been shot and killed. So I think those two were head and shoulders above. Orap-ko's got a chance to be a Pro Bowler for a long time too. So I think those are some of the guys that come to my mind quickly."
(Yes, he's still saying Orap-ko. Wow, do I miss him.)
Wise also asked Cerrato if he missed being in Ashburn at this time of year.
"Oh, absolutely," he said. "You're sitting in the room for 15 hours at a time, watching tape and evaluating guys. This is when it's fun. Game time, you know?"
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