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Who will relay Redskins' first-round pick in NFL Draft? Chris Samuels

The NFL Draft runs Thursday through Saturday, and we can confirm that the Redskins definitely expect at least one left tackle to make the trek back from New York City to Redskins Park. The bigger question is: Will there be more than one?

The team is sending Chris Samuels, the long-time, reliable left tackle who retired from the Redskins last month, to represent the franchise Thursday night on the floor of Radio City Music Hall. We'll have to wait and see whether one of Samuels' responsibilities is to bring back someone like Oklahoma State's Russell Okung or Oklahoma's Trent Williams.

"[General manager] Bruce Allen asked me, did I want to go up and represent the team," said Samuels. "I thought it was a huge opportunity just to go up and support the organization, so it's big time for me."

Teams typically make their draft selection from a war room at their home base. They use a representative in New York City, stationed next to a telephone, to actually inform Commissioner Roger Goodell of the team's pick.

Maybe it's a gesture to ensure the Redskins land a solid tackle. Or maybe it's just an odd job to assign the intern. But Samuels' own draft history in New York isn't too bad. He was the third overall of the 2000 draft, appeared on stage alongside former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and went on to play in six Pro Bowls. So the last time he was present at the draft, the Redskins scored pretty big. (That was the last time the Redskins used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman.)

Time will tell whether he can bring another Pro Bowl-caliber tackle home with him.

For now, Samuels is remaining active with the team through the league's Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship. He's helping coach offensive linemen and is expected to remain a part of coaching staff at least through training camp. He was on the practice field for all three days of the Redskins' first minicamp that ended Sunday.

"Normally when you retire from the NFL, that's pretty much it from the organization," Samuels said. "But the owner and Bruce Allen and everybody's basically showing me a lot of love, just letting me stick around and just stay active."

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  April 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft  
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Comments

I just have this sinking feeling that they are going to draft either Eric Berry or Taylor Mays at #4. After hearing what Shan Jr. said, I just don't feel like they think O-Line is a "draft for need" position.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 19, 2010 8:35 AM

That's what they want people to think.

When Thursday actually comes, our board is going to read like this:

1. Trade down
2. Suh
3. Okung

If NONE of those are options, Berry MIGHT be an option at that point.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 19, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

When Thursday actually comes, our board is going to read like this:

1. Trade down
2. Suh
3. Okung

If NONE of those are options, Berry MIGHT be an option at that point.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 19, 2010 9:05 AM

Agree to disagree (but only a little):

1. Trade down
2. Trent Williams
3. Russell Okung

Suh is only in the equation if Haynesworth gets dealt before the #4 pick.

Posted by: dcsween | April 19, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"....mel kiper knows more about football in his little finger than every one put together who ever posted on this blog --- jeez, here we have a bunch of idiots posing as "analysts"...."


And you base this astute assessment on, let me guess: Mel is an authority because he says he is.

Well, how does that make him more able or certified than those of us who also watch tons 'o football?

I am great because I says I am, and if you doubt that, it's becuase you don't understand my greatness.

Mel Kiper is a media creature not unlike Paris Hilton.

The difference between them is what she does in her sex tape is something I'd rather not watch Mel perform.

And I don't care how good he is at it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 19, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

After what Shanny Jr. said about good running OLs, Williams may get the nod at no. 4.

Posted by: hbu_dog | April 19, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

If the Skins pick up a safety in the draft; then unless they keep six safeties -- either Horton, Moore, or Doughty might not make the team.

The only FS they should consider signing is Sharper and that would probably be at the expense of Moore, because Doughty excels special teams.

Posted by: siris | April 19, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

my .02. Trade down to 7-9 to the possibility of getting

Trent Williams
Eric Berry
Dan Williams

Posted by: TWISI | April 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

my .02. Trade down to 7-9 to the possibility of getting

Trent Williams
Eric Berry
Dan Williams

Posted by: TWISI | April 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I disagree... I think Okung is their 1st choice, followed by trading down.

Really classy move to have Samuels represent!! I do hope he becomes a part of the regular staff on the Skins. He definitely knows what it takes to be great and could be a tremendous mentor to Okung to best help him dominate onfield starting from day 1.

I, for 1, will miss him. Never heard a negative offseason (or even during the season, for that matter) thing about him. He was a true professional, gentleman, powerhouse, and Redskin and I wish him all success and happiness in his post-career. He deserves it!

Go bring us back Okung, Chris!

HTTR

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | April 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I disagree... I think Okung is their 1st choice, followed by trading down.

Really classy move to have Samuels represent!! I do hope he becomes a part of the regular staff on the Skins. He definitely knows what it takes to be great and could be a tremendous mentor to Okung to best help him dominate onfield starting from day 1.

I, for 1, will miss him. Never heard a negative offseason (or even during the season, for that matter) thing about him. He was a true professional, gentleman, powerhouse, and Redskin and I wish him all success and happiness in his post-career. He deserves it!

Go bring us back Okung, Chris!

HTTR

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | April 19, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I just have this sinking feeling that they are going to draft either Eric Berry or Taylor Mays at #4. After hearing what Shan Jr. said, I just don't feel like they think O-Line is a "draft for need" position.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 19, 2010 8:35 AM

What do you expect Shanny Jr. to say, "Our current tackles stink?" Having Samuels represent the team at the draft suggests to me that they are going to go OT with their first pick. The "passing the torch" symbolism is just too strong to ignore.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

regarding landry's "beefing up" to 230, on his way to 240 and playing LB:

it's all a smoke screen. given his coverage skills, maybe he's being groomed for nose tackle - which would "free up" haynesworth to "create havoc."

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | April 19, 2010 9:00 AM

if he would just eat a couple more of these, our OT problem could be solved as well:

http://www.bigtexan.com/

not a big fan of Texas, but this place is a fun time if you're driving cross country via Amarillo.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

my .03 is that they've gotta recoup some picks, and you do that by holding that #4 selection up for bid to the highest bidder....I'd rather trade back and get a 2 and a 3, than take Okung/Williams, and call it a draft, until saturday.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 19, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post. I swear I hit the submit button only once.

Now I forgive the "idiots" who keep having double posts; I just thought you/they were just being impatient.

Nice "feature", there WaPo.

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | April 19, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

All you have to do to attract attention on RI is have an opinion and to be successful. Then a bunch of us experts will explain why you never should have succeeded and we'll call you a d-bag: Mel Kiper, Peter King, Michael Wilbon, Tony Korneiser, Tim Tebow, theCork.

Posted by: League-Source | April 19, 2010 9:04 AM

That's where you're wrong...if Kiper is "successful" it's in that ESPN props him up as an authority on the draft, whereas league insiders (you know, actual "League Sources") consider him a joke.

Again...the only draft "expert" worth a sh*t is Mike Mayock. Dude studies film beyond what is considered healthy and gears his evaluations toward the team, not who his agent is.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse


After what Shanny Jr. said about good running OLs, Williams may get the nod at no. 4.

Posted by: hbu_dog | April 19, 2010 9:22 AM |

Interesting. It may be the only smoke screen opportunity exists. What they should is convince everyone it's going to be Okung and if is there trade down a few with a team that really wants him and take Williams.

Getting desperate but all the real leverage was lost when Shanallen traded picks for McNabb. And no one wants our disgruntled prima donnas of course...

Posted by: Pepper5 | April 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So what would happen if the war room phoned up and said "Clausen," but Chris Samuels told the commish "Okung"? I'm sure it would be a firing offense, but Chris is a true Redskins, so he'd have to take one for the team, right?

Posted by: closer44 | April 19, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

ESPN isn't in the business of providing the most accurate draft analysis. They are in the sports programming business...and they need to fill up hours and hours of programming about the draft and the players. From that point of view...Kiper provides exactly what they want. He keeps it interesting and can spout and spout and spout on draft day. Think Mayock could do that? (Maybe he could. I'm not familiar with all of his skills) From the standpoint of generating interest in their broadcast...Kiper's mistakes/shortcomings might actually keep the audience more interested. For example, most of us like to see Kiper proven wrong. That probably boosts the viewership a bit.

Posted by: MColeman51 | April 19, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It may be the only smoke screen opportunity exists....

Posted by: Pepper5 | April 19, 2010 9:32 AM

Here's Peter King this morning explaining why it's hard to put together his mock draft after the third pick: "At four, Washington's Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are championship smokescreeners or simply uninformative."

Posted by: League-Source | April 19, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

if Kiper is "successful" ...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 9:32 AM

You really want to claim that Mel Kiper isn't successful? Or argue over the meaning of "successful"? You're delusional again.

Posted by: League-Source | April 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

mel kiper knows more about football in his little finger than every one put together who ever posted on this blog

Posted by: bestmick1 | April 19, 2010 8:54 AM

agree to disagree

Posted by: dcsween | April 19, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Happy to see Chris Samuels still being welcomed and active at Redskins Park. Here's to hoping that they keep him as a consultant or assistant line coach to keep his positive influence on the franchise going! Definitely one of the best (if not THE best) player that we drafted in the last 15 years.

To quote Red Dwarf (and reveal my nerd-dom): "What a guy."

Posted by: TDawg1 | April 19, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

mahmahmah poker her face
fuhfuh SJK her face.
[I can't be the only one who thinks she's saying that, can I?]

I guess the 'tell' is out, eh?

OL @ # 4

woo hoo! Can you say Teeeeeboah!?

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 19, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

my .02. Trade down to 7-9 to the possibility of getting

Trent Williams
Eric Berry
Dan Williams

Posted by: TWISI | April 19, 2010 9:25 AM

I think the ONLY way they can get to 7-9 is to trading down, i.e., I'm with Bgreg on this ... not trading down = 4-12

[Note: Mrs. 4-12 had to trade down after years of dating a guy named 1-15.]

Posted by: dcsween | April 19, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather trade back and get a 2 and a 3, than take Okung/Williams, and call it a draft, until saturday.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 19, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

So would I, but I think that it is unlikely that they will be able to trade down. In the past ten years, when teams have traded up into the top five, it's almost always been to get a QB, and the only QB whom most people seem to think warrants such a high pick this year will probably not be there at 4.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 19, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Passing of the torch from Samuels to Okung? Let's hope so:

Chris Samuels will be the Redskins' runner at the draft
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 19, 2010 9:45 AM ET
In 2000, Chris Samuels attended the NFL draft as an offensive tackle out of Alabama who became the third overall pick of the Washington Redskins.

In 2010, will attend the draft again, this time in a very different capacity: He's going to be the guy turning in the card when the Redskins make their picks.

"[Redskins G.M.] Bruce Allen asked me, did I want to go up and represent the team," Samuels told the Washington Post. "I thought it was a huge opportunity just to go up and support the organization, so it's big time for me."

Samuels will be stationed next to a phone on the floor of Radio City Music Hall, and when the Redskins' war room comes to its decision on a pick, they'll call Samuels, tell him the name to put on the card, and have him hustle up to the front to turn it in. If he doesn't get the pick in on time the next team can leapfrog the Redskins in the draft order, so Samuels will need to show off good speed for a 300-pounder.

Samuels, who retired last month, was also on the practice field during the Redskins' minicamp over the weekend and says he still considers himself a part of the franchise.

"Normally when you retire from the NFL, that's pretty much it from the organization," Samuels said. "But the owner and Bruce Allen and everybody's basically showing me a lot of love, just letting me stick around and just stay active."

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

You really want to claim that Mel Kiper isn't successful? Or argue over the meaning of "successful"? You're delusional again.

Posted by: League-Source | April 19, 2010 9:43 AM

Again..."famous" doesn't equal "successful". I believe Moe pointed out Paris Hilton as a great example of that dynamic. Just because he talks loud and with authority, doesn't mean he knows what the hell he's talking about. Take your posts for example...

Mayock backs his stuff up with film. He doesn't speak in absolutes. And most importantly, come draft day he's not wrong very often.

But hey, if you like style over substance than farbeit from me to pull you off of Kiper's jock...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"I base this astute assessment not on anything Mel has said but on the stuff that I read posted up here."


Mel's assertions are not different than what most of us post about daily.

So how's he a genius for saying what's already been said?

Has stating the obvious become so important that you can become a millionaire commentator on that which we already know?

Mel is a media creature, a feckless prognosticator not unlike the tv guys who tell you what stocks to buy after you've lost money in the market.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 19, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

As I have always said. If any of the TV draft gurus were any good, they would be working for a team.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 19, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"After hearing what Shan Jr. said, I just don't feel like they think O-Line is a "draft for need" position.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 19, 2010 8:35 AM"

Why do you think Shan Jr. said what he said?

Come on people, it's draft time. Nothing said can be taken at face value now.

Posted by: psps23 | April 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"After hearing what Shan Jr. said, I just don't feel like they think O-Line is a "draft for need" position.

Posted by: HawksPride | April 19, 2010 8:35 AM"

Why do you think Shan Jr. said what he said?

Come on people, it's draft time. Nothing said can be taken at face value now.

Posted by: psps23 | April 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

As I have always said. If any of the TV draft gurus were any good, they would be working for a team.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 19, 2010 10:03 AM

Would they? Kiper has had the same gig for over 20 years. It's low pressure. He hasn't had to move around. I'm sure he's very comfortable financially. Maybe he just likes what he's doing.

Posted by: MColeman51 | April 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Mel is a media creature, a feckless prognosticator not unlike the tv guys who tell you what stocks to buy after you've lost money in the market.

Posted by: MistaMoe"

Kiper is a true "insider" with information regarding where a team is leaning towards on draft day.

Mayock is an analyst with a scout's eye.

They both have their value.

If I'm looking for the best prediction of future success regarding the prospects, I'll take Mayock.

But if I'm looking at which prospect will land where in the draft, no doubt Kiper is as good as anyone in the business.

Posted by: psps23 | April 19, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Would they? Kiper has had the same gig for over 20 years. It's low pressure. He hasn't had to move around. I'm sure he's very comfortable financially. Maybe he just likes what he's doing.

Posted by: MColeman51 | April 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has a price.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 19, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

As I have always said. If any of the TV draft gurus were any good, they would be working for a team.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 19, 2010 10:03 AM

Would they? Kiper has had the same gig for over 20 years. It's low pressure. He hasn't had to move around. I'm sure he's very comfortable financially. Maybe he just likes what he's doing.

Posted by: MColeman51 | April 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

McShay = Kipers B!tch

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 19, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

bruce allens showing hes a redskins fan first and foremost. he dose and says all the lil things that a life long fan reacts positively too. great hire danny boy..

Posted by: cboyhater | April 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Mel Kiper... let's see.

2007:

thought Brady Quinn was a good pick for Cleveland.

Mel rated Leon Hall higher than Darrelle Revis. Hall is playing very well, but few would choose him today over Revis.

And he thought the Eagles made a big mistake taking Houston QB Kevin Kolb when QBs Drew Stanton, John Beck and Trent Edwards were all still on the board

Really. We'll see how that works out.

Mel talks loud and with authority. He's never been responsible for the performance of any team. His record of evaluating talent is no better than an average fan.

Posted by: dpc2003 | April 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

bruce allens showing hes a redskins fan first and foremost. he dose and says all the lil things that a life long fan reacts positively too. great hire danny boy..

Posted by: cboyhater | April 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

But hey, if you like style over substance than farbeit from me to pull you off of Kiper's jock...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 9:57 AM

Oh, there you go again blownwood. You always admit you're wrong when you launch into one of your frequent homo-erotic fantasies. Not that there's anything wrong with that in your case.

Posted by: League-Source | April 19, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

moodlymoodlymoo,
given your bovinity, you must hate that place!

i've eaten 2 lbs of steak at a sitting. i believe, if pressed, i could maybe eat 3, but 5! incredible.... but then again, i'm not beefing up (intentionally, anyway) for a spot on the 'skins d-line...

someone (forgive me, i forget who) talked about taping 20 1-lb steaks on your body to simulate how much added bulk 20 lbs of muscle is... that's a great visual...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | April 19, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

As I have always said. If any of the TV draft gurus were any good, they would be working for a team.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 19, 2010 10:03 AM


Not necessarily...scouts toil in anonymity and have close to ZERO job security. It's probably the most thankless job in football. Being a TV "draft guru" is much more steady work (at least in the spring) and gives you plenty of attention with none of the accountability. Several teams have tried to get Mayock but he likes where he's at and won't give up his cushy gig.

And wisely so.

For the record, I don't hate Kiper per se or fault him for reaping the benefits of his TV gig. I just don't buy into the notion that he is some sort of authority on the draft because I haven't seen any real evidence to back up that assertion. Frankly, I think he's got way more credibility than that clown McShay, but that ain't sayin' much.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

JLa is a muck-raking runor-monger with no access to anyone anywhere who makes a name for himself by being a controversial turd with goofy glasses.

Posted by: p1funk |

Says the guy commenting in the comments section on a guy who used to write for the Post, and now works for NFL Network. Be sure to copy him on your comments, I'm sure it will break his heart knowing you think so little of his efforts.

Posted by: TheCork | April 19, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse


It won't break his heart as much as it breaks yours you sad-sack. We all know you have a hard time swallowing criticism of your boyfriend.

If my comments are pathetic and irrelevant, then how pathetic and irrelevant is your little self-appointed crusade to defend Jason LaCanfora's honor and integritry to the grave?

There's a really easy way to shut up my criticism, Corky, and it's not by belittling my comments.

If you want to shut me up, just show me a single solitary piece of NFL-related news that JLa got "inside access" on and broke before anyone else.

All I ask for is one - one story of any significance to the NFL that Jason LaCanfora reported on before anyone else that turned out to be true.


Posted by: p1funk | April 19, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I hope the redskins dont draft BERRY

Posted by: chinngy23 | April 19, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh, there you go again blownwood. You always admit you're wrong when you launch into one of your frequent homo-erotic fantasies. Not that there's anything wrong with that in your case.

Posted by: League-Source | April 19, 2010 10:21 AM


Shocker...LS veering off topic to take some low road, pot-shot. At least you're consistent...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Beep beep...except you, LS

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

ESPN is a media giant. They are in the business of attracting viewers and selling advertising. Mel Crapper is a media personality, nothing more. His big bored is just that. What does he really say? I think a majority of the viewers watch just to see how many times he's wrong.

ESPN has done much for sports, but they also have hurt the industry with the air time they fill will tripe.

Bring back beach volley ball and Chris Shenckel announcing bowling. They make more sense than he does.

Posted by: pjente | April 19, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

ESPN is a media giant. They are in the business of attracting viewers and selling advertising. Mel Crapper is a media personality, nothing more. His big bored is just that. What does he really say? I think a majority of the viewers watch just to see how many times he's wrong.

ESPN has done much for sports, but they also have hurt the industry with the air time they fill will tripe.

Bring back beach volley ball and Chris Shenckel announcing bowling. They make more sense than he does.

Posted by: pjente | April 19, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

p1, corky is if anything consistent.

1. defend any and all journalists
2. rip the team
3. blame Bush

its like he's posting from a script...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 19, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Thank's GM Bruce Allen for asking a recent big-time Redskins player to represent our team in New York, NO MATTER WHO WE DRAFT. Hey, fake team sportswriter, what's up with the follow the leader, thou must clown up an unnecessary negative spin, instead of an easily positve way to make us aware of our teams representation. Thanks for teaching me that teams have been doing this for years. I still say, I'm tired of my cities almost universal, not trying to hide, must be negative, imitation sportscasters and team writers. I've come to believe it's the only individuals the bosses will hire, unfortunately for team fans. I hope my opinion is absolutely incorrect. If it isn't, none of them deserve a positive break.

Posted by: DMcCall2 | April 20, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

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