First day ends with surprises

The Redskins ended their first day nearly the same way they started it: with a trade. And then Washington continued a day-long trend, picking players who don't fill immediate needs.

The Redskins selected Oregon corner Rashad Bauman with the 79th pick in the third round. That pick came via a trade with Jacksonville (the Redskins gave up the 89th overall pick and the 118th overall pick).

Washington ended its day by picking a project in Utah receiver Cliff Russell, who once ran a 4.27 40-yard dash.

Russell caught 124 passes for 1,862 yards in four seasons, scoring 10 touchdowns. ''We're excited about Cliff,'' Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said. ''He's really not a polished receiver. He needs to work on his route-running. But his speed is the reason we went for him rather than some other guys.''

His speed makes him a potential returner, though he didn't do that at Utah.

As for Bauman, he's known as a trash-talke with a high opinion of himself. He won't be starting in Washington, not with Fred Smoot and Champ Bailey ahead of him.

And Darrell Green is the No. 3 corner, making Bauman No. 4. But the 5-foot-8 Bauman was a third-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report this past season. Some scouts said had he been taller, he would have been a first-round pick.

Still, he didn't fill a need at guard or defensive tackle. The Redskins will seek help there, starting in the fifth round Sunday. They traded their fourth round pick to the Jaguars.

''A guard just never showed up,'' Spurrier said. ''Maybe we'll need to trade for one and go from there. But we need to pick up at least one and a defensive lineman.''

Spurrier said the biggest debate all day occured when Washington selected Patrick Ramsey in the first round instead of a guard.

''But most of us felt like a skill player was the direction we needed to go,'' Spurrier said. John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.


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