Now that Vinny Cerrato is unattached to any NFL team, he can talk openly about the events of drafts gone by.
In a spot on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore (via Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog), Cerrato spoke about some of the decisions made during his time with the Redskins.
Here’s a quick summary:
1. Cerrato says he would have taken linebacker DeMarcus Ware instead of cornerback Carlos Rogers in 2005. (Given the overall quality of the top ten in 2005, most teams would have taken Ware instead of the player they picked.)
2. Receiver Michael Crabtree was on the Redskins’ board in 2009, and they had at the draft a jersey with his name on it, in the event he squirted through.
3. Cerrato explained that, at a pre-draft dinner event with a group of defensive linemen in 2009, one of the guys picked before the Redskins were on the clock at No. 13 “was so obnoxious . . . just yelling across the room, and yelling certain things.” The only defensive linemen taken before No. 13 were Tyson Jackson, Aaron Maybin, and B.J. Raji. Cerrato said the player “had a terrible year,” which as Steinberg believes means it was Maybin.
4. In 2004, the Redskins were torn between Miami teammates Kellen Winslow and Sean Taylor. Winslow didn’t help himself by failing to answer his door for a breakfast meeting with coach Joe Gibbs, and then falling asleep in the locker room.