Chris Samuels will be the Redskins' runner at the draft

In 2000, Chris Samuels attended the NFL draft as an offensive tackle out of Alabama who became the third overall pick of the Washington Redskins.

In 2010, will attend the draft again, this time in a very different capacity: He’s going to be the guy turning in the card when the Redskins make their picks.

“[Redskins G.M.] Bruce Allen asked me, did I want to go up and represent the team,” Samuels told the Washington Post. “I thought it was a huge opportunity just to go up and support the organization, so it’s big time for me.”

Samuels will be stationed next to a phone on the floor of Radio City Music Hall, and when the Redskins’ war room comes to its decision on a pick, they’ll call Samuels, tell him the name to put on the card, and have him hustle up to the front to turn it in. If he doesn’t get the pick in on time the next team can leapfrog the Redskins in the draft order, so Samuels will need to show off good speed for a 300-pounder.

Samuels, who retired last month, was also on the practice field during the Redskins’ minicamp over the weekend and says he still considers himself a part of the franchise.

“Normally when you retire from the NFL, that’s pretty much it from the organization,” Samuels said. “But the owner and Bruce Allen and everybody’s basically showing me a lot of love, just letting me stick around and just stay active.”

20 responses to “Chris Samuels will be the Redskins' runner at the draft

  1. They need more Chris Samuels and less Fat Albert Hayneworth. Easy to tell the difference between the two…

  2. Big Sam “B-Psi-Phi”. Represent. This seals it, the Skins are drafting an Offensive Tackle. Chris Samuels and Shaun Alexander are two of the best human beings to play in the NFL over the last 10-15 years and they both were part of a 14- man signing class for Bama back in 1995.

  3. That’s cause you earned Chris.
    I hope having you at the draft is symbollic with you handing the Commish a name of another future 6-time pro bowl OT.

  4. it would be funny if he wrote down the name of an OL no matter what name they gave him.

  5. This is a good gesture from the Redskins. I definitely think they are taking an OT now. Now if KC and Seattle follow suit, Cleveland will land the best player in the Draft… Eric Berry.

  6. @HappyBunny: That would be cool, especially with an Armani suit. He should wear cleats to balance it out.

  7. capslockkey should right speculation stories, not you florio. he is dead on.

  8. as much as i want to see them draft his replacement there, we need to get some draft picks first, so if they cant do anything with campbell and fat albert and whoever else they want to trade away we need to trade out of this spot and pick up some draft picks…having the #4 pick overall and then not picking till the 4th round isnt gonna cut it

  9. A class act naming his heir on draft day. I like it. Also glad to hear he was on hand at the minicamp. He’s expressed interest in coaching so I hope Shanahan names him as “quality control” or whatever and keeps him on staff right away. He deserves the same appreciation from Redskins fans as Jacoby and Lachey. Hail!

  10. The Skins are making a big mistake. John Riggins would be a much better runner. Better yet: Zola Budd.

  11. Samuels got the gig because Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker were all out with injuries.

  12. Samuels might not have the speed but if the clock does reach zero, who’s going to get past him to the podium?

  13. I really hope this means they are serious about drafting his repalcement!
    One thing is for sure, he is going to be bored as hell. He can go back to his hotel room by 7:45 Thursday!

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