It's draft day!
Well, sort of. The NFL's supplemental draft is being held today and the league's teams will be mailing it in.
Actually, they'll be emailing it in. Each team will send an email into the league office that may contain a draft-pick bid for each of the eight players who have, for various reasons, lost their college eligibility since the April draft. The team with the highest draft bid for a given player is awarded that player's rights and will forfeit that pick in the 2010 draft.
The highest rated of the potential selections is Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon. He's 6-3, 278 and you can read his scouting report from the Sporting News here. The upshot of the report is that Jarmon is more in the mold of the run-stopping defensive end rather than being a skilled pass rusher. This is the type of left defensive end that the Redskins are seeking, for this year at least.
So, it's not surprising to learn that the Redskins displayed considerable interest in Jarmon at his recent workout. They sent four representatives. One of them was Vinny Cerrato and he had quite a bit to say about the junior Wildcat:
"I think he worked out well," Cerrato said. "He ran well and was in good shape. He needs to get a little stronger, but he represented himself well. He's a great kid, solid in the locker room. He's smart. He's got all of the intangible things."
Under previous Redskins personnel directors, you could automatically eliminate the possibility of the Redskins putting in a bid for a player based on statements like that. If Bobby Beathard liked a guy, he wouldn't comment on him. In fact, you could get a pretty good idea of who he would draft by looking through the papers and eliminating any player he had mentioned from the list of possibilities.
But Cerrato is the guy that everyone wants to play poker with. He's the guy with a pair of aces in the hole who does a fist pump when another ace is turned up. So when he heaps praise on a prospective draftee you can bank on the fact that he's high on their list.
I could see the Redskins bidding a fourth for Jarmon. If they agree with the Sporting News assessment that he's a fourth-round talent maybe they will bid a third. When you're making a draft day trade using next year's picks you always have to give up a round higher next year than you're getting this year. The reasoning behind that is that you're getting the services of the player for an extra year.
There were 17 other teams at Jarmon's workout so it may well take a third to land him. If the Redskins are going to keep Brian Orakpo in a hybrid-type role, it may well be a good idea to get a replacement for Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn at left DE.
An announcement regarding the supplemental selections will be made at some point this afternoon.