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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cerrato Getting Creative at Dumping Draft Picks

Image Courtesy of TrueBlueKentucky

It looks like Vinny Cerrato has found a new method for tossing out draft picks before a season even begins. This afternoon, the Redskins selected Jeremy Jarmon out of the University of Kentucky in the NFL’s supplemental draft. I don’t think anyone even realized that the supplemental draft was today, and a lot of people don’t understand the process. By selecting a player in the supplemental draft, which is typically reserved for players that have lost eligibility due to criminal or academic reasons, a team forfeits its corresponding pick (by round) in the following regular draft. In layman’s terms, Vinny Cerrato has now shipped our 3rd and 6th round picks in the 2010 Draft for gambles at defensive end. The latter was unnecessarily thrown into the Jason Taylor deal, and we all know how that worked out.

The pick was justified by management because Reynaldo Wynn and Phillip Daniels (the expected “starters” at left DE) are in the twilight of their respective careers, and were hoping to develop Jarmon as a replacement. Jarmon is 3rd on Kentucky’s all-time sack list, and was suspended due to testing positive for a banned substance. Jarmon admitted that the substance was a diuretic that he purchased at his friendly neighborhood GNC. A lot of people believe Jarmon was shafted by the NCAA, but we’ll see how upstanding of a guy he turns out to be. Here’s hoping that he can put it all together and turn into a steal. He has good size (6’3” 277) and decent athleticism, and Redskins officials believe he can rotate between tackle and end depending on the down. This is the only footage he had on YouTube:

I believe that Cerrato has pulled his high-risk moderate-reward model with this move, as Jarmon could eventually turn into a reliable starter. Teams didn’t expect for him to be taken before the fourth round today, and he was projected as a fifth-rounder in the April draft. If Jarmon falters, Redskins fans will point to this as another failed personnel move by an inept GM Executive Vice President of Football Operations. On the upside, at least he’s not over thirty live most of Vinny’s other gambles.

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