Redskins host ‘Draft Day’ movie screening


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The Redskins welcomed select premium season ticket holders and suite owners to an advanced screening of “Draft Day” on Wednesday night at Brambleton Plaza in Ashburn. The movie, which opens April 11, stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the fictional general manager of the Cleveland Browns who trades three first-round picks to Seattle for the No. 1 pick hours before the 2014 NFL Draft and must decide what to do with it. 

Without spoiling the ending, I will say there’s a scene in the first few minutes that references the deal Washington made to acquire the Rams’ No. 2 pick (used to draft Robert Griffin III) in 2012. It drew a lot of laughs.

Kirk Cousins and Ryan Kerrigan were in attendance and reflected on their own draft experiences after posing for photos with fans and signing autographs after the movie. 

“When it comes to the draft, you have to expect the unexpected,” said Cousins, who was picked three rounds after Griffin in 2012. “I learned that firsthand. Of 32 teams, I really would’ve picked the Redskins to be the 32nd-most likely to pick me, and sure enough, that was the one that picked me. You have to expect the unexpected, and I think this movie does a good job of demonstrating that.” 

I asked Kerrigan, the No. 16 pick out of Purdue in 2011, if he still has the suit he wore to the draft.

“I still wear that suit quite frequently,” he said. “That’s on my two-suit rotation. That’s still a pretty prominent figure in my wardrobe.”

Here’s a look at the suit on the front page of the Post the day after Kerrigan was drafted:


Jay Gruden was there, too, but I didn’t have a chance to ask him what he thought of Denis Leary’s portrayal of Browns coach Vince Penn.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.

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