Redskins go back to Longview

Oklahoma tackle Williams is third draftee from high school in 3 years

April 23, 2010

Let's hear it for the Longview Lobos — pipeline to the Washington Redskins.

Nestled in Dallas Cowboys territory in east Texas, Longview High School has had a player drafted by the Redskins for the third straight year. The biggest of the three came Thursday night, when Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams became the first high-round offensive lineman selected by the team in a decade.

"They might have to hang a couple of Redskins flags across the city of Longview," Williams said with a laugh.

Williams joins receiver Malcolm Kelly (2008, second round) and linebacker Robert Henson (2009, sixth round) as Longview products on the Redskins roster. Williams even stayed with Kelly during a predraft visit to Washington.

"He gave me advice all through college," Williams said. "I was like a sponge, soaking everything up."

The announcement of Williams' name by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spurned an instant mystery. Goodell introduced the pick as Trent "Silverback" Williams. What was that all about?

"It's just a little thing my teammates kind of went with on the field," Williams said. "Beast-like, silverback is one of the most strongest beasts. I was joking around with Mr. Goodell, and told him to call me that and he actually did it."

BROWNS: Joe Haden's slow times in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine didn't scare Cleveland away.

The Browns didn't waste one second before taking the cornerback.

Unable to move in the first round, the Browns took Haden, a two-time All-American at Florida, with the No. 7 overall pick.

"We thought he was the best fit for us at No. 7," Browns general manager Tom Heckert said. "He was a guy we spent a lot of time with and evaluating. He's a bigger corner that can really play the run, has good cover ability, is a smart kid and he's tough. We liked Joe all along in the process."

Haden is the first player taken by Cleveland's new regime of Heckert and president Mike Holmgren, who was brought in to restore this troubled franchise. The 5-foor-10, 193-pound Haden, who wept when he was called by the Browns, is also the second addition to Cleveland's shaky secondary; the Browns acquired former Pro Bowler Sheldon Brown in a trade from Philadelphia earlier this month.

Sheldon's arrival seemed to lessen the possibility of Haden's going to the Browns, but coach Eric Mangini said 21-year-old passed the criteria needed to earn a "green sticker."

"Smart, tough, hardworking, competitive," Mangini said. "Somebody who is selfless, somebody who the game is important to."

STEELERS: Pittsburgh selected Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th pick, the first center the Steelers drafted in the first round in 69 years.

The last center they took with their first pick, Chet Gladchuck of Boston College in 1941, never played for them.

Pouncey, who is 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, can play guard or center. The Steelers could play him initially at guard.

BENGALS: Cincinnati attempted to fill its biggest hole by picking tight end Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma with the 21st pick.

It's only the second time in franchise history that the Bengals selected a tight end in the first round. They picked Mike Cobb with the 22nd overall pick in 1977, when they had three first-round picks.

Reggie Kelly and Ben Utecht got hurt early in training camp last season, leaving little at the position.

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