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Redskins Insider: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Skins Look to Add Picks on Day 2

There's another day of drafting to be done Sunday and the Redskins will be busier. They have four selections, with executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato hoping to add more. Washington had one pick Saturday, taking Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo 13th overall, in the draft's first two...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 25, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
 
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The Orakpo Plan: 'He's Going to Play'

After a 2008 season in which the rookies largely faltered, Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn proclaimed that whomever the team selected 13th overall in April's draft would have to contribute immediately. Now, with the first round of the draft completed and Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo the newest Redskin, that...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
 
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Skins Take Orakpo

Skins told him throughout the process that he would be their guy at 13. And it turns out that was a the case. He was a bigtime target who slipped to 13. I would have taken Michael Oher with him on the board, but this kid will play DE/LB right...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (354)
 
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Skins Are on the Clock

The Redskins have given strong indications to DE Brian Orakpo throughout this process that he had a great chance of being the pick. Now, this time of year, teams say a lot of things to a lot of players, but they have been all over this kid for a while....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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One Pick To Go

T Michael Oher and DE Brian Orakpo still on the board. Skins like them both. Boith might be there at 13. Also, would a team move up to 13 to get WR Jeremy Macklin if he's sitting there? Maybe Cleveland trades up, after already trading back, and gets a WR...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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A Quick Look Ahead

At 9, I think Green Bay, switiching to 3-4, takes a good long look at DT B.J. Raji. And if he doesn't go there, then I think Denver pounces at 12. San Fran at 10 could take Oher. Buffalo could well get Maybin/Brown, as I have heard all day. And...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Heyward-Bey Joins Another Terp in Bay Area

Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey goes to Oakland at No. 7. He joins another former Terp, Vernon Davis, in the Bay Area; Davis is with San Fran. They probably could have traded down and got him. Now wide receiver Michael Crabtree is falling a bit, as is Virginia OT Eugene...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Maybe Now A Tackle Slips?

So if Oakland and Jacksonville go with wide receivers, Cincy and Green Bay go with defense, maybe a tackle slips. I continue to hear Michael Oher won't be there at 13. Cincy has taken Andre Smith, so Brian Orakpo is still there. I hear Buffalo is looking at Maybin/Brown. Denver...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Jets Get Sanchez

Browns swapped picks with the New York Jets and got USC QB Mark Sanchez with the fifth pick....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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A Big 10 Minutes for Redskins

The Seahawks are on the clock with the fourth pick...and they take Aaron Curry. Mark Sanchez is still on the board....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Sanchez Is Still There; Will Skins Trade Up?

The Rams take T Jason Smith with the second pick after entertaining options to trade down. I continue to hear the Skins and Jets are expressing serious interest in trading up and getting QB Mark Sanchez. Seattle's the 4th pick will be key now....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Will It Be Sanchez?

Just a few hours from the draft, I'm getting the sense from some people close to USC quarterback Mark Sanchez that he might not end up with the Redskins. A lot could change in the next few hours, but the pre-draft sense there is that other teams are lining up....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Dawn of the Draft Day

Finally, it has arrived. Who knows for sure what the evening will bring? We'll keep following the buzz and see where it takes us. Mark Maske is on the scene at Radio City in New York. The only real certainty this moment is that he'll be BHGO as long as...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 25, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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I Wouldn't Rule Out Everette Brown

The Redskins have expressed renwed interest in the Florida State DE as the draft has approached, according to a league source, after not having much previous contact with the player. Brown, like Texas prospect Brian Orakpo, could be a hybrid end/linebacker and there is a good chance he could be...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 24, 2009; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Redskins Sign RT Mike Williams

The Redskins will announce the signing of tackle Mike Williams tonight. Williams, 29, signed a one-year deal according to a league source. He has not played in the NFL since the 2005 season. Williams was a college teammate of Skins OL Derrick Dockery in college and was the 4th overall...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 24, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Mike Sellers Unhappy About Contract; Not Participating In Voluntary Workouts

Pro Bowl fullback Mike Sellers has not been participating in the Redskins' voluntary offseason program, according to league and team sources, and is seeking a new contract. Sellers signed a four-year, $4 million deal in March 2007, which included a modest $700,000 signing bonus, and reached the Pro Bowl...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 24, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (263)
 
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Redskins Agree To Terms With Punter Hunter Smith

The Redskins are expected to sign punter Hunter Smith tomorrow, a league source said Thursday, and Smith will join the team for minicamp May 1-3. He has agreed to terms on a one-year deal. The Redskins hope that Smith, a 10-year veteran with the Indianapolis Colts, will help them address...

By Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora  |  April 23, 2009; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (399)
 
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Campbell Wants Out If Redskins Draft Sanchez

Starting quarterback Jason Campbell, whom the Washington Redskins have actively tried to replace this offseason, will request to be traded if the team selects Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez in Saturday's NFL draft, league sources said Thursday. The Redskins are among many teams interested in acquiring Sanchez with their top...

By Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid  |  April 23, 2009; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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K. Washington in Mix

Wide receiver Kelley Washington, formerly of the New England Patriots, is scheduled to participate in next weekend's minicamp, a league source said. Kelley, from Stephens City, Va., is a six-year veteran. He had his best season with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2004, establishing personal bests with 31 receptions for 378...

By Jason Reid  |  April 23, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Kelley Washington, New England Patriots, wide receiver  
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WebChat at 1 pm

Hey there, I'll be on Washingtonpost.com at 1 for about an hour doing a chat, so feel free to fire away with any questions there, mock me, deride me, all the usual good stuff. See ya over there. Cheers....

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 23, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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A Running Back Question

Gene Wang, an NFL editor at the paper, fantasy football guru and draftnik, proposed an unusual scenario to me yesterday. I don't see it happening, but maybe you guys might. Frankly, I'd be stone-cold stunned if this occurred, and even Gene figures it's highly unlikely, but here goes. What...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 23, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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Snyder, Cerrato, Zorn Meet the Press

From the pre-draft press conference featuring Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, executive vice-president Vinny Cerrato and Coach Jim Zorn: Cerrato: "There's a possibility we'll do three things on Saturday: trade up, stay back or stay the same [at 13]. ... It's a decent draft. Probably not as good as last year...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (383)
 
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Cast Your Vote on Sanchez

poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 22, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
 
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Sanchez Raves about His Redskins Visit

Got off the phone with the USC QB a little while ago and hammered out this story, most of which will be used in the paper. The kid is clearly enjoying life right now - as well he should be - and it seems as if playing for the Skins...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 21, 2009; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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One Way of Crunching the Top 10 Picks

As the week progresses, teams -- and media shlubs -- will be trying to get a handle on the top third of the draft because everything else basically falls into place after that. With that in mind, here's a look at which players are likely to be gone by the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 21, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (259)
 
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Brennan, Golston among NFL Draft Bored

Not everyone, it turns out, loves the NFL Draft, which may come as depressing news to ESPN, the NFL Network, nfl.com, and the extended Mel Kiper family. Count "Cult of Colt" Brennan and Kedric Golston, a coupla dudes who found themselves hanging out with Dan "Cheeseboy" Steinberg at a recent...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 21, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Rock the Vote: Skins and the First-Round Pick

Has what you've read about USC quarterback Mark Sanchez changed your mind on what the Skins should do with that No. 13 pick? Do tell. poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 20, 2009; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Orakpo Enticing

Brian Orakpo could be gone prior to Washington's 13th overall selection on Saturday, but he is a player they value greatly and someone team officials have indicated they would pounce on should he slip

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 20, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
Tags: Brian Orakpo, Jason Taylor, NFL draft, Redskins, Texas, defensive line  
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Center, Linebacker Are Late-Round Options

We blogged last week about D.C. native and small-college cornerback Greg Toler, a local product the Skins could look to draft in the mid-to-late rounds, and want to mention another kid with local ties who could be on their radar come the end of the draft. The Redskins like...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 20, 2009; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
 
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Mark Sanchez Loves Him Some Veal Chops

There have been times on this beat when I've felt as if I was writing for Page Six of the New York Post, but never more than now. As we reported last week, USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, a player Redskins owner Daniel Snyder covets in the upcoming draft, had an...

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 19, 2009; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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