But I learned something interesting today. Vinny Cerrato hosts a show on my local sportstalk radio on this side of the US. He is always telling stories about his GM days with Washington and San Fran. Today, he gave some fun information about the '09 draft (McDaniels' 1st one). Apparently, the Redskins wanted Brian Orakpo really really bad. They had been calling a few teams in the top 10 as he slid and when Denver went on the clock, Vinny called Brian Xanders and offered a 3rd round pick to move up 1 spot to take Orakpo. Xanders said he would call Vinny back in a minute or 2. So he calls him back and says (paraphrasing), don't worry about moving up, your guy is going to fall to you and went on to select Knowshon Moreno. Vinny went on to say that the reason he didn't take the trade anyway and take the extra 3rd to move down 1 spot is because Xanders was so paranoid about trading the pick to Washington, then having the Redskins turn around and trade the pick to someone else (San Diego, most likely) who wanted to move up for Moreno.
Is it just me or does that sound moronic? The Skins were about to basically give us a 3rd round pick (Mike Wallace and Ladarius Webb went a few picks after the Skins took Kevin Barnes in the 3rd that season, in case anyone was wondering.) and Xanders turned it down because he thought the Skins would trade up, then trade out of that pick so someone can scoop up the guy we wanted? I don't ever remember any draft where a team traded up to an on the clock pick, then traded out of it.
Like I said, sorry for bringing up the past, but if you guys remember I was very angry with passing on Orakpo for a RB. I'm actually still very sore about it, considering I have a lot of friends who are Redskin fans that remind me about it. I usually just mention Champ Bailey and they shut up, but that's not the point. Then, come to find out this tidbit. Grr... can't say that this softens the blow any.