...0TC The Washington Redskins are trying to trade the sixth pick in the April 26 college draft for a proven player, general manager Charley Casserly said yesterday.
"Our first choice is to trade it for an established player, but nobody's interested right now," said Casserly.
Casserly, noting the success the Redskins have had in getting veterans Jim Lachey and Wilber Marshall, said he'd prefer a proven player over a highly touted draft choice.
The Redskins, who also own the last pick on the first round, got the sixth pick when they traded their second-round choice to the San Diego Chargers last year.
Casserly said he has had two conversations with the Colts, who own the first two picks, but was told Indianapolis has no interest in trading them.
Cornerback Terrell Buckley, who might be taken at No. 5 by the Green Bay Packers, was at Redskin Park yesterday. Other players who might be available at No. 6 are linebacker Alonzo Spellman and offensive lineman Bob Whitfield.
Meanwhile, Casserly said he has reached contract terms with running back Earnest Byner and quarterback Cary Conklin but won't start serious talks with quarterback Mark Rypien and cornerback Darrell Green until after the draft.
Rypien said yesterday that he expects negotiations to begin next month, adding he doesn't see anything that would prompt him to leave.