Redskins add depth on draft's Day Two

`No glitches' as Washington fortifies both lines, QB, receiving, secondary

April 17, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins polished their sleek Super Bowl contender Saturday by drafting celebrated linebacker LaVar Arrington and offensive tackle Chris Samuels near the top of the first round and grabbing gifted cornerback Lloyd Harrison as the second player taken in the third round.

That was the glamorous part of this weekend's job for player personnel director Vinny Cerrato and coach Norv Turner.

Yesterday it was time to get down to the rather mundane task of looking out for the future well-being of the franchise, adding depth to the secondary and improving the speed on special teams.

Cerrato and Turner had five picks yesterday to fill in the missing blanks, and they brought in an interesting cast of characters from such surprising places as Troy State and Nevada-Las Vegas.

Troy State?

That's right, the Redskins used their fourth-round selection yesterday to take 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive guard Michael "Mookie" Moore from little Troy (Ala.) State.

But there is a hitch.

Moore played three years at the University of Alabama and roomed with Samuels before transferring to Troy State in order to gain more playing time.

"Michael just fell out of graces at Alabama," said Washington offensive line coach Russ Grimm.

"I'm very excited to get him. He's a nasty player and a bulldozer."

To which Moore responded, "I'm not a nasty player. I don't do dirty things on a pile or anything like that. He's probably saying that because I stay on the block all the time."

The massive Moore was obviously brought in to provide more offensive line security for quarterbacks Brad Johnson and backup Jeff George.

In the fifth round, the Redskins went to little-known football school Nevada-Las Vegas to select 6-3, 200-pound safety Quincy Sanders. The major question surrounding Sanders is how fully he has recovered from right anterior cruciate ligament knee surgery in 1998.

"I've done special workouts to improve my quickness after the surgery," Sanders said. "Now I'm going to a great situation where I have one of the best defensive backs to ever play the game, Darrell Green, to learn from."

Then Washington looked to the future again in the sixth round, taking Stanford's Todd Husak, a 6-3, 210-pound quarterback.

One of Husak's claims to fame is "Chelsea Clinton is buddies with some of my friends and I've been around her a little. Maybe I can pull some strings when I get there to Washington and spend a night in the White House."

In the seventh round, depth and special teams were the primary focus as the Redskins used the final two of their eight picks to select Maryland defensive tackle Delbert Cowsette (6-1, 274) and Oklahoma State wide receiver Ethan Howell (5-11, 177), who played collegiately with his twin brother, Evan.

Cowsette was the first Maryland player drafted by Washington since 1993, when the Redskins took tight end Frank Wycheck.

The Howell twins were redshirted at Grambling in 1995 before transferring to Oklahoma State, where Ethan was known primarily as a special teams player until his senior season.

And speaking of characters?

N.C. State's Harrison, the team's third-round choice, spent part of last summer in Cancun filming a video with popular rapper DaBrat (real name Shawntae Harris) and four other collegiate football players.

When asked to sum up the draft, Cerrato said, "If you had asked me on Friday what I wanted to happen, this was it. There were no glitches."

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