The Washington Redskins have the second, 12th and 24th selections in April's college draft, according to the draft order announced by the NFL yesterday. The Redskins will consider taking Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington, Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown or Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick with the No. 2 pick, director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato said.
Cerrato said the Redskins will consider trade offers from other NFL teams for their draft choices but are unwilling to pick lower than third to ensure they can select Arrington, Brown or Warrick.
"You never know," Cerrato said of the possibility of a trade. "We're going to weigh all our options, and see what's best for our football team and our needs. There's always a possibility if we get a deal that is beneficial to our football team. We'll look at it and evaluate it and decide what to do. [But] we won't trade out of the top three spots."
Most NFL people expect the Cleveland Browns to take Warrick with the top selection to provide a target for quarterback Tim Couch. The Redskins probably then would opt for Arrington with the second pick, giving them the sort of playmaker in the defensive front seven they now lack. Cerrato, however, did not rule out selecting Brown, or Warrick, if he's available.
"It's pretty obvious--Warrick, Arrington and Courtney Brown," Cerrato said. "It's not hard to figure out."
The 24th pick would drop to 30th if the Redskins reach the Super Bowl, and 31st if they win the Super Bowl. The No. 2 pick came from the New Orleans Saints as part of last spring's draft-day trade that allowed the Saints to select running back Ricky Williams, and the 12th selection came from the Carolina Panthers in the Sean Gilbert deal in April 1998.
Cerrato indicated he'll have a better idea about the strength of the draft next week after college underclassmen decide whether to leave school, but said: "The strongest position in the draft is linebackers. The weakest position is cornerbacks."
The Redskins apparently will consider renewing their efforts to trade for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Joey Galloway in the offseason, and they likely would offer at least one of their first-round picks for him.
Rookie cornerback Champ Bailey received treatment yesterday for a sprained thumb, but Coach Norv Turner said the injury will not prevent Bailey from playing in Saturday's first-round playoff game against the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.
The Redskins hope to have running back Stephen Davis, wide receiver Albert Connell and linebacker Greg Jones on the practice field today. Davis has missed the past 2 1/2 games because of a sprained ankle. Connell (shoulder) and Jones (back) were sidelined for Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins in the regular season finale. . . .
Veteran cornerback Darrell Green says he has no plans to deliver a formal lecture to his teammates about how to approach the playoffs.
"If I do talk to them, I'll do it out of the natural progression of the day," Green said. "I won't have a big meeting. I don't have any official plans. . . . I'm excited about the possibilities. You want to approach the playoffs with excitement."
Turner said: "Once the game starts, it's just football. . . . I'm going to stress to our players the importance of preparation."