Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins’ former executive vice president of football operations, took a trip down NFL draft memory lane with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday. As you could probably guess, the interview was not filled with stories about how many teams Cerrato fleeced in draft-day deals, or the Pro Bowlers he cleverly picked up in the seventh round.
Cerrato did tell a fun story about how Redskins running backs coach Stump Mitchell vetoed trading a future mid-round pick for a pick that would’ve netted Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy in 2009.
“The deal was done,” Cerrato said. “At the time, the running backs coach did not want him. I’m not taking a player that the running backs coach doesn’t want.”
Cerrato was also asked about the pick he regrets the most.
“Maybe one regret, probably Carlos Rogers because we took him early,” Cerrato said. “If he had caught the ball, he could’ve been a Pro Bowler probably three or four times. He was a Pro Bowler in San Fran.”
Lest you think Cerrato had momentarily forgotten the second round of the 2008 NFL draft and all of the other disappointing picks Washington made during his tenure, he said the exact same thing about Rogers, who was taken No. 9 overall in 2005, on Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan in 2010.
But what about guys like Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, the two wide receivers drafted along with Fred Davis in the 2008 second round? Why don’t they rank worse than the Rogers pick?
“There’s a lot of other stories that go with those picks,” Cerrato said.
Cerrato also talked about how he and Joe Gibbs arrived at the decision to draft Sean Taylor instead of Kellen Winslow Jr. with the fifth pick in the 2004 draft.
“Joe was always in love with tight ends and Winslow was great,” Cerrato said. “Sean was great. It came down to the point it was so close that Joe got everybody back in the room — all the coaches, all the scouts, we went back in the room — and we watched the national championship game of Winslow. We all sat there and watched Winslow and everybody was like wow. Then we said, okay, let’s watch Sean Taylor. We watched Sean and it was like wow wow. After that is finally when Joe was like, okay, I agree with you guys, it’s Sean Taylor.”
Winslow went sixth to the Cleveland Browns.