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Redskins' Vinny Cerrato Says He Wants to Acquire More Picks on Second Day of NFL Draft

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By Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Redskins have four selections today on the second day of the NFL draft, with Vinny Cerrato, the team's executive vice president of football operations, hoping to add more.

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Washington had one pick yesterday, taking Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo 13th overall, in the draft's first two rounds.

"I'd like to add a couple more picks," Cerrato said, "and on the second day a lot of times it's not that hard to like back up in the fifth [round] and get another [fifth-round pick] or [sixth-round pick] or something."

Cerrato said it becomes more difficult to draft for a particular need as the draft progresses, but the team could still use depth at right tackle and guard, center, cornerback and linebacker. The team has shown interest in local players such as cornerback Greg Toler of St. Paul's College and Maryland center Edwin Williams.

Cerrato said that in most drafts there are starters to be found, and pointed to ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. as someone who agrees.

"My buddy Mel says there's players in every round," Cerrato said. "We've just got to find them."

The Redskins' picks are No. 80 overall (third round), 150 (fifth round), 186 (sixth round), and 243 (seventh round).

'Horns Hook Up

Orakpo is eager to meet his new teammates.

"Obviously, [guard] Derrick Dockery, a former Longhorn, is down there," Orakpo said on a conference call. "I heard they just signed [tackle] Mike Williams for Texas, so I know a couple of guys. I'm just ready to get to it and [meet] some more guys and make some good friendships with my teammates." . . .

Orakpo is the first defensive lineman Washington has selected in the first round since it chose Miami defensive end Kenard Lang at No. 17 in 1997. The No. 13 pick was the highest the Redskins have ever used for a defensive lineman since the first AFL-NFL draft in 1967.


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