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What Was Said At The Predraft Press Conference

Posted by Matt Terl on April 22, 2009 – 4:01 pm

The predraft press conference was held this afternoon at Redskins Park, with Executive Vice President Football Operations Vinny Cerrato, owner Daniel M. Snyder, and head coach Jim Zorn sitting in the front of the newly-remodeled auditorium, taking questions from the local media.

Nothing that was said screamed “stop the presses, breaking news,” which seem to me as it should be. All of the back-and-forth subterfuge of the draft would be pretty pointless if the decision-makers just came out and patiently explained to the newspaper reporters exactly what they were planning to do three days in advance.

But there were some interesting clarifications as to how the Redskins draft procedure works, what the draft philosophy is, and some further elaboration on the Redskins Grades and the Redskins Board that Scott Campbell was talking about yesterday.

Cerrato: “Welcome to the draft media event here. I guess as we go into the draft, I guess I start out saying that we talked to every team, up down, all around.

“So, there is a possibility we will do three things on Saturday: trade up, trade back or stay the same. I hope that helps.

“Otherwise, when you look at the Draft, as Mel Kiper told me, there are good players in every round. You just have to find them. I think it’s a decent draft, probably not as deep as it was last year, but there is quality there. I think there is good defensive line. There are good receivers. There is talent in the o line. I think there is depth throughout the draft.”

On if he feels more teams are willing to move up or back this year:

Cerrato: “You don’t know until Saturday. Because you know what, right now everybody is willing to go up, back, wherever. So you don’t know until Saturday. On Saturday, there are deal makers and there are pretenders. There are people just searching to see if somebody will give you an unbelievable deal.”

On if only having five picks will encourage them to trade back: Read more »

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Wednesday, April 22: Some Good News For Jason Campbell

Posted by Matt Terl on April 22, 2009 – 9:50 am

It’s been less than a month since my not-quite-epic trilogy of posts on people saying nice things about Jason Campbell, but I imagine it’s felt a lot longer for the quarterback himself. In that month, we’ve had the Jay Cutler rumors, the even-more-heated Jay Cutler rumors, the post-Jay-Cutler-rumors meeting, the initial Mark Sanchez rumors, and the subsequent Mark Sanchez dinner report. It seems safe to say that none of those things was entirely relaxing to the incumbent QB.

Through it all, Campbell has just kept on keeping on, saying all the right things to the media and being met with raucous applause from Redskins fans in public. Now, after all of that, there’s finally something for him to smile about if he reads the morning paper, and it comes from just about the unlikeliest of sources: Mark Sanchez.

In a conversation with Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post, Sanchez (who seems pretty media-savvy himself) described owner Daniel M. Snyder’s description of the potential opportunity in Washington and the current quarterbacking situation. Per La Canfora:

“It was later in our dinner [Friday night] that Mr. Snyder started asking me the tough questions, and he was totally honest and upfront,” Sanchez said. “He’s proud of the guys they have here, and he thinks the world of Jason Campbell, and that was obvious. He said that if I come in, it’s a competition, and nothing will be given to me, and he makes no promises. And that’s way I want it.”

Reading the conversation, it’s easy to see why every team that meets with Sanchez comes away impressed. He appears to be a level-headed, personable prospect who’s approaching the whole process with the right mix of enthusiasm and confidence. It’s a good read.

But here’s the thing about Sanchez: Read more »

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