I knew I was going to be surprised with the Redskins’ pick in the first round of the draft. Not because we are dealing with the Skins and they always seem to surprise for better or worse, but because I literally was going to be surprised. I could not watch the draft. I won’t bore you with the details of my softball team getting blown out by ten runs in both games of a double-header by a team full of ringers. I’ll just give a brief first reaction on finding out who the Redskins took.
Immediately after the game I picked up the phone and rang my wife. Bless her heart, I picked the wrong life-line. I asked who the Redskins took and she quickly replied “something Kerrigan” before moving on to tell me about how Christian Ponder of Florida State, her alma mater, was drafted. Nice, but I really didn’t care. Immediately my thoughts were could the Skins really have drafted Ryan Kerrigan, a defensive end from Purdue in with the 16th pick? I then called who I should have in the first place, my Dad, who proceeded to give me the lowdown. I listened to the information about the trade-down and let it digest.
At first I was definitely surprised. I was expecting to hear the name Jones or Wright. I long surmised the Skins would take a WR, as with Moss leaving with most certainty they really don’t have one. At first I thought it was a poor pick, but then I started to see the positive. Right now, for the Redskins, any pick at any position will help. That’s a testament to how much we really need. However the genius of the pick is the trading-down, locking two picks in the second round. The more I think about it, the more I like it. This sets the Skins up better than they have looked draft-wise in a long time. I look forward to seeing how round two plays out. To quote Clark Griswold, as I so often do, If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now. It’s a good surprise though.