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News & Notes: Skins get three extra picks

Apr 3, 2008, 10:34 PM EDT

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Some smaller items have filled up the inbox and it’s time to empty it out with this version of News & Notes.

News:
The Redskins were awarded three compensatory picks in this month’s draft; a third round selection and two seventh-rounders.

Notes: This is not news here. Our source Adam had this one pegged as was reported here one month ago today. The third is really a fourth since it comes after the end of the third round, but it’s the 96th overall pick and they should be able to score a pretty good player with it. The Skins now have four of the top 100 selections (21, 51, 84, and 96) plus five more (154, 186, 228, 242, 249) later during the selection meeting.

News: Quarterback Chad Henne of Michigan came in for a pre-draft visit.

Notes: It’s hard to read why teams bring in particular players for these visits. You have a limited number of them—32—and you don’t want to waste them. Henne is pegged as about a third-round selection and that seems kind of high to take a project quarterback and make him your third-string guy. But maybe the Skins don’t want to wait until the sixth or seventh round to take a QB. Whoever it is will have to be ready for the possibility of having to play on any given (disastrous) Sunday and, in any case, will have to be ready to be the backup in a year or two as Todd Collins isn’t going to spend much longer than that as a backup. Maybe they’re thinking of using that comp third on their backup quarterback of the future.

News: Vinny Cerrato wants to trade down from the 21st overall pick.

Notes: I just found out that he said this on Riggins’ show this afternoon. I don’t quite see how it benefits the Redskins for him to announce this to the world, but it’s not a big deal either. If he starts working the phones trying to set up possible on-the-clock deals, the whole world will know soon enough anyway. As most of you know, I’m not a draftnick by any stretch of the imagination, but from what I’ve read it looks like there will be a lot of good, roughly equal players available in the second and third rounds. According to the draft value chart, the #21 overall is worth early selections in the second and third. (I’ll try to get the audio link for Cerrato’s visit with Riggo and company and post it later).

News: The Redskins re-sign fullback Nehemiah Broughton.

Notes: This move is peculiar only in that the team had exclusive rights to him in February and chose to cut him loose. “Nemo” was selected by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. He bounced on and off the practice squad and the roster for the next two years and landed on IR last year after a preseason knee injury. He and incumbent starter Mike Sellers are the only two fullbacks on the roster, so there would appear to be some opportunity for Broughton to land a spot.

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