UPDATED: So much for all that Eric Berry buzz, the Redskins went with the position that was expected: left tackle.
With the fourth overall pick, Washington chose Trent Williams from Oklahoma. That means three of the first four picks have been Sooners.
Asked by ESPN about blocking for Donovan McNabb, William said, "It's an honor. I've been looking up to him for a long time ... It's a dream come true."
Berry, the Tennessee safety, went one pick later to Kansas City.
EARLIER: One offshoot of the NFL draft being moved to prime time is that it leads to a full day of speculation and rumors about just what might happen.
The buzz throughout the afternoon has been that the Washington Redskins are planning a surprise move and will select Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the No. 4 overall pick.
The assumption has been that the Redskins need to select a left tackle to protect Donovan McNabb and replace the retiring Chris Samuel. Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung or Oklahoma’s Trent Williams seemed the obvious choice.
The Washington Post’s Jason Reid says there is a “60 percent chance” that the Redskins will take Berry, although he also concedes the team has a lot of holes to fill. Jason LaCanfora, of the NFL Network and a former Redskins beat writer, says other teams are projecting Berry at No. 4 on their draft boards.
Of course, maybe the Redskins don’t want Berry but figure putting the word out will net them some additional draft picks from a team behind them that really covets Berry.
As noted earlier, the Eagles are looking for a safety and could be looking to move up to get Berry or move up not as far to get Earl Thomas, of Texas. Numerous reports have the Eagles in talks with Miami at No. 12 in order to get Thomas. Swapping first-round picks with the Dolphins likely would cost the Eagles the No. 37 pick overall, obtained in the McNabb trade from Washington.
Only time will tell …
Each NFL team was allowed to select a celebrity fan to announce their draft pick in Saturday's morning's fourth round. The Eagles have chosen track and field legend Carl Lewis, a Willingboro, N.J., native.
“Having the opportunity to be part of the draft is amazing,” said Lewis. “I’m just a retired former athlete now. I’m a regular fan like everyone else, so to be able to go to New York and be part of the draft is a dream come true for me. I’m truly honored to represent the Eagles and Eagles fans everywhere in the world.”
Former Eagles defensive back Lito Sheppard met the media in Minnesota today after signing a 1-year contract. He will be reunited with Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier, who were both on the Eagles staff early in Sheppard's career here.
"Coach Childress, he had a good time trying to beat me in practice in a couple of my early years in Philly. He got a little glimpse of me," Sheppard said. "But it’s been a great opportunity, because I know what type of coach he is and how thorough (he is). He does a great job of getting his point over and relating to the players."
Asked what is the difference between Sheppard now and the version that made the Pro Bowl in 2006, he said, "I think I’m smarter with the same athletic ability. My past three years have been a tough road as far as off the field situations. This predicament, I think I can put all that behind me and we can move forward. Those guys will be able to tell you once the season has started and they see me out there."
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