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Jordy Nelson

The WR prospect out of Kansas State has been flying under the radar, but last week we noted the Skins mounting interest in him and how impressive he was during his visit to Redskins Park. Well, according to team sources, the Redskins contingent of 10-odd people - including owner Dan Snyder - also worked him out yesterday.

After leaving Clemson and flying to Oklahoma for the Merling and Kelly workouts, the Skins then flew to Kansas and did the drill with Nelson. Kelly has been sliding down draft boards and his times have been slow. There are some worries from some teams about character.

I'm working on a bigger breakdown of the draft based on the Skins need positions that I'll post before heading to Comcast for Wash Post Live.

Nelson could be a great value pick in the second round. Not sure he'll be around in the third round.

WR is a position of particular import to Snyder. You often hear about he miffed he was the team passed on Santana Moss in the draft - a player he wanted - and he was very high on Calvin Johnson and Braylon Edwards the past few years, mulling trading up for them. Last year, team sources said Snyder was very interested in taking Ted Ginn with the sixth-overall pick, and now with Joe Gibbs gone it will quite interesting to see what the Skins at 21, assuming they even make the pick.

To me, Phillip Merling is the guy I take there assuming the board comes out as expected, and then you turn around and get Nelson or Kelly in the second round, because at least of them will probably be there.

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 25, 2008; 1:10 PM ET
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Bring back Michael Westbrook!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Vinny Vicious | April 25, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

i'm not sold on kelly

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 25, 2008, 1:27 p.m.
It has been widely reported that the Washington Redskins' top front office personnel worked out Clemson defensive end Phillip Merling and Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly yesterday, but a league source tells PFT that the Redskins weren't done after visiting those two.

Per the source, team owner Daniel Snyder, vice president for football operations Vinny Cerrato and head coach Jim Zorn also conducted a private workout with Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell made the trip to throw passes to Nelson.

Nelson has previously told the Manhattan (Kansas) Mercury that the Redskins told him they're interested when he visited their facilities.

"They just said they were interested and wanted to see how I might fit in with their team," Nelson said last week of visiting the Redskins. "I went out to eat with the owner, head coach and position coach, toured the facility, and met some of the players. They just wanted to find out what kind of person I am."

Nelson had a 10-catch, 137-yard game against Kansas last season, repeatedly beating cornerback Aqib Talib, who is projected as a first-round pick. Nelson told the Mercury last week that he thinks he'll be a second- or third-round pick

Posted by: Rob | April 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope there is some genuine interest there and they aren't simply bluffing the Bengals. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by: Rob | April 25, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This is the one player I hope the Skins draft. They may need to move up in the second to get him.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Snyder worked him out?? Did he have a stop watch? Was he wearing athletic shorts with his suit top? What a loser...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Skins aren't this smart. I bet Danny Boy has looked into trading the 1st round pick to the Jets for the rights to Lam Jones. At least being speed happy won Al Davis the Super Bowl.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | April 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Not only has Jordy been flying under the radar, he's also been flying starships. The guy has many skills. If he could paint, I'd say take him.

Is anyone else as completely ambivalent about this as me? I know I'm supposed to be positive and all, but I just can't help but feeling that the Three Blind Mice of Snyder, Cerrato, and Zorn are going to just stumble around for a couple of seasons.

Oh well, if I wear my Cooley jersey and drink heavily during the games, it'll all be fine.

Posted by: P Diddy | April 25, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT DRAFT A WR IN THE FIRST ROUND, PLEASE!!! It's a waste. I like the plan to take the DE in the first, followed by a receiver in the 2nd. And KELLY is not the guy. Not with that speed.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd be fine with taking him with our 2nd (as it stands), but if we're going to have to move up and sacrifice an extra pick anyway, I would rather hope for the Bengals to pull the trigger with the Johnson offer (and there's no doubt in my mind that if they don't get any higher bidders on draft day, they will pull the trigger). If we're going for a 2 for 1 deal, we might as well get a proven bona fide star rather than a project. I'm not at all in favor of moving up in drafts, unless you're moving up to get a "consensus" top pick. Nelson doesn't fit that bill.

Posted by: psps23 | April 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Snyder worked him out?? Did he have a stop watch? Was he wearing athletic shorts with his suit top? What a loser...

Posted by: | April 25, 2008 1:39 PM


Posted by: Goldenfried | April 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

yeah trading up never works... like with me

Posted by: Emmitt Smith | April 25, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If the Eagles don't get a WR in the first, I bet they grab Nelson in the second. And rumor has it that they trade Lito to the Bucs for a second and would have two second round picks. That means if they really want him, they would definately have to trade up. I really like this guy, but our needs are the same as Philly and I see the Skins having to "compete" against the Eagles in this years draft.

Posted by: Francisco | April 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Not only has Jordy been flying under the radar, he's also been flying starships. The guy has many skills. If he could paint, I'd say take him.

Posted by: P Diddy | April 25, 2008 1:41 PM

Geordi is also a big Scottish olympic hammer tosser guy.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

You guys probably saw this - but a slightly statistical analysis of busts in the 1st round---QBs and WRs top the list of course.

Interesting to me that DEs picked late in 1st round are also a historical trouble spot


Posted by: zornskins | April 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I feel much better knowing Snyder's putting his profound expertise of WR skills to work.

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | April 25, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There's no point in hoping for anything other than the Danny selling the team. Unfortunately, I think we're cursed with him for the next few decades. I don't plan on watching the draft for the first time in many years because I can't take the pain. It'll be much easier to stand hearing what boneheaded move we make secondhand.

Posted by: The Burglar | April 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I think that if Merling or Sweed is not there in the first, it would not be crazy to reach for Nelson (if we can not trade down). Maybe OL Gosder Cherilous would be an option, but not Kelly. If they do grab Kelly, the positive is his height, hands, leaping ability, and ran a WC type offense already.

Posted by: Francisco | April 25, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

i dont understand why people are turned off by kelly's speed, he is going to be a possession receiver, moss and randle el are our speedy guys, kelly does have character issues though, i agree with whoever said draft a DE in the 1st round and nelson in the 2nd

Posted by: bobby | April 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Nothing gets between me and my Jordys

Posted by: Brooke Shields | April 25, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

we already have a slow possession "receiver". his name is chris cooley. what we want is an all-encompassing receiver. they're not easy to find, but that's why there's so much stock put into the draft. kelly's speed seems to be an issue with that "total package" aspect.

Posted by: psps23 | April 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Warning: comment is football related!

Random thought... I wasn't thrilled with Gibbs 2.0's 3rd down performance. Not as bad as I thought after looking them up (but still not enthused with the #s):

Season 3rd % Rank

2004 - 32% - T28th
2005 - 42% - T5th
2006 - 37% - T18th
2007 - 41% - T14th

But it got me thinking about Zorn and the unavoidable 3rd and 5 situations we'll be in. Any predictions or theories on Zorn and how he'll approach it? As long as JC isn't throwing 5 yard outs on 3rd and 10, I'm game.

Posted by: Dorf | April 25, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

you have returned to the status of Redskins Insider!
thank you.

BTW I think you are spot on the
Skins would do love to get Merling #21
and then either Kelly or Nelson in the 2nd

Posted by: jonthefisherman | April 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

5 TCCLs for Jasno bringing the investigatory sports journalism up here lately.


Posted by: Dorf | April 25, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a huge fan of basing his speed on 40 time. There is a difference between speed on a track and speed on the field. Gary Clark was a 4.6 40 guy, but he was one of the best deep threats in the game because he was fast in pads and ran great routes. I still don't like taking a receiver in the first round, though. The postition seems deep enough that you can fill another need early, then pick up a WR in rounds 2 or 3.

Posted by: etrod | April 25, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse


I read somewhere that in Seattle Zorn was in charge of play calling for 3rd and long situations. I don't know if that answers your question, but at least we could watch film to see how he'll handle it.

Posted by: etrod | April 25, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

and I thought TCCLs were extinct!

5 TCCLs for bringing Soup to work out receiver prospects.

Posted by: mile high | April 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I really hope we get Nelson in the 2nd. Pick up Merling or Albert in the 1st, then wait to see which receiver falls. Nelson reminds me of Cooley, not the fastest guy in the world but a hard worker who will sell out every play. We need more guys like that.

Posted by: scott | April 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh God forbid they would have drafted Ted "Can you say Desmond Howard" Ginn Jr. over LaRon Landry. That is the ultimate proof as to why Snyder should be locked up in St. Elizabeth for the day of the draft. God help us Saturday.

Posted by: virtueandvice | April 25, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I know someone who worked very close to snyder during last years draft and he said the gibbs wanted landry and cerrato wanted the small de(cant remember his name I think he went to the bucs), and snyder was pushing hard for ginn, but in the end gibbs won that, but who knows whats going to happen now.

Posted by: SAK | April 25, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the skins FO is reading this blog. If it weren't for this blog Fassel might be the head coach. And now it seems the FO has caught on and got interested in Nelson.

I'm thinking Nelson would be a reach at 21 regarding how he's perceived by most of the league, but maybe not so much in terms of what he could mean to the skins. He seems like a perfect fit.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 25, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Another scenario occurs to me. Perhaps they take Merling or Mayo in the 1st, and then trade up in the 2nd to make sure they get Nelson. Maybe they give up the 3rd to trade up. It would be similar to the way they traded up to get Cooley or McIntosh. It's a tactic that says, once you've zeroed in on who you want do what you have to to get him.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 25, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Trade down and get two of Nelson, Kelly, Sweed...

Posted by: Flizzo | April 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Bengals coach compares Chad Johnson to Kobe Bryant

"The things he has said about winning playoff games and winning, those are our goals. If you take the money issues out of it, I think you have to own up to it and do it. Hopefully, he'll do what Kobe Bryant did this year and come back and be very competitive and have an accomplished season." - Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, on unhappy wide receiver Chad Johnson. *

-- Philadelphia Daily News

Posted by: 4th | April 25, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The mere thought of the Danny watching a player's workout, stopwatch in hand . .

"So, guys, what'd you think? Huh? He sure looks big and fast, huh? What'd ya think?"

As if Arnold Horschack got a jillion dollars and bought a football team.

Posted by: TMU | April 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

i going to wait a couple years, then evaluate how our picks turnout......hope i can look back and say in 08 we added 5 gives who are part of the new "core"

Posted by: Old School | April 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

according to PFT, several teams at the top of the 1st round are interested in drafting a quarterback below the 20th overall pick. However they speculated a deal would most likely be done with Dallas.

That would piss me off if the cowgirls managed to trade down and we couldn't. how do you guys feel about taking a "below market" trade to accumulate some picks?

For example, a high 2nd and 4th instead of a 2nd and 3rd?

Posted by: talkshowhost | April 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Merling 1st Nelson 2nd Brilliant DO IT!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I have been talking about Nelson for a long time up here.... Finally the front office gets on board

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Now if we can only get Josh Johnson in the 7th

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: chris larry | April 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

if only the front office listened to anonymous posters more often.

Posted by: talkshowhost | April 25, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

talkshowhost is this better I forgot to sign in...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: trailblazer658 | April 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words.

The Redskins will draft Merling at 21 and then they'll trade up with the Jets at 2-5 and take Jordy. The trade will be in exchange for the Redskins 2-20 and 3-21. After which the team will draft an O-Lineman like Tony Hills with the comp pick.

Posted by: RIV | April 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

did JLC have a new post and then take it down? i saw it but didn't have a chance to read it and now it is gone. or i am hallucinating.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, if I wear my Cooley jersey and drink heavily during the games, it'll all be fine.

Pretty much the story of my life since 1999.

I couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Clinton Hill | April 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: John D in Houston | April 25, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: RedskinRay1 | April 25, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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