Word on the Street (Updated): Ovie, Cam, Cerrato

Word on the Street (Updated): Ovie, Cam, Cerrato
April 15, 2011, 1:55 pm
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Friday, April 15, 20119:38 a.m.Updated 5:39 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comVinny Cerrato on The Mike Wise show wHolden CaufieldThe local airwaves have been and will continue to be flooded with NFL Draft talkers, be they former league executives or football writer types, offering up their expert insight and analysis. Wise chose to go a different but talking with Vinny Cerrato (we kid, we kid, sort of).On the topic of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Cerrato, the former Redskins Executive Vice President for Football Operations, said he would not draft the Heisman winner at No. 10 (where the Redskins select).Newton has thrown 292 career passes in college," Cerrato said. "Blaine Gabbert has thrown over 900. Sam Bradford threw over 900hes two years behind those guys in competitive throws. The time that he is going to need to get ready is going to be drastic, I think.Fair enough. However, when Cerrato started bringing up Newtons red flags, his credibly began to waiver. Its pretty rich to state that the young passer has got work ethic questions when Cerrato handed Albert Haynesworth a seven-year, 100 million dollar contract. Serenity now, serenity nowRumor Mill I hesitate to even toss out this out since even the writer cant comprehend how the Redskins could pull it off. However, they are supposedly trying like crazy to trade up to get one of the quarterbacks," specifically Blaine Gabbert.(Houston Chronicle)First in war, first in peace, last in spelling just about anythingYou dont need to be Alanis Morissette to know its ironic that the city which hosts the National Spelling Bee is home to John Lannon, Andray Baltche and once upon a time, Ladell Bettis. (ESPN)Capitals-Rangers Game 1 reactOvie hits, opponents crumble, teammates inspired. (NHL.com)Mercurial is a great word and a perfect one to describe Alexander Semins career with the Capitals, at least prior to becoming the Game 1 hero. Now that he blasted home the decisive goal, perhaps the wingers erratic norm will be supplanted by a sublime scoring streak. (Washington Post)Entering the series, the Rangers claimed to have a plan destined to stymie the Alexs scoring chances. After allowing the two Russians to launch 10 rockets on goal and score twice including the game-winning slapper its time for Plan B. (Wall Street Journal)JaVale McGee would have fit right in with the Game 1 Capitals. After all, the Wizards center was the second-leading shot blocker in the NBA, though I doubt he ever swatted 32 in a single game. (Washington Times) Redskins passing on NFL DraftWhen you are the first and only college quarterback to throw for over 10,000 yards and run for more than 4,000, people take notice. When that production comes in a 6-foot-5, 233 pound frame with cannon for a right arm, NFL scouts get intrigued. When you combine that with the highest score on the Wonderlic test among the draft prospect throwers, some observers get weak in the knees. Whether Nevadas Colin Kaepernick has that kind of effect on Redskins coach Mike Shanahan remains to be seen. (ESPN 980)Maybe its because he wore No. 10 at the University of Washington that several mock drafters are uniformly slotting Jake Locker to the Redskins with the 10th pick. Otherwise (Rotoworld)What do Rich Tandler and the New York Times Fifth Down Blog have in common? They both like Oklahomas versatile running back DeMarco Murray. If the Redskins can acquire a third or fourth round pick, Ryan Torain might have a pass catching - and equally injury-prone -backfield partner.Nationals fall off a CliffJordan Zimmermann rocked, but Cliff Lee and the Phillies rolled to yet another win over the Nationals. (CSNwashington and Philly)At least when the Nationals lost Adam Dunn, they got stuff for him. Picks numbered 23 and 34 in the 2011 MLB Draft, to be precise. (Washington Post)Frugal CapersFor spending 20 weeks on the Redskins practice squad, Selvish Capers earned 53,000 last season, around 29,500 after taxes. The seventh round picked saved, knowing the rainy day was likely coming, but still. With the NFL players locked out, all the 24-year old tackle can do is work out, eat in. (Washington Post)The DMV in the NBA PlayoffsSuperstars likeLeBron James and Dwight Howard know they have pressure on their chiseled shoulders heading into the postseason. Jeff Green doesnt, or at least thats what he says, even though the former Hoyas star was the primary player acquired for apparently the most beloved Celtic since Larry Bird. (NESN)By signing as a free agent with the two-time defending champion last offseason, Steve Blake proved he was no chicken when it came to playing under the spotlight. Now the Los Angeles Lakers are simply hoping that because the former Maryland point guard contracted a commonly associated with childhood illness, a pox wont fall on Kobe Bryant or their postseason chances. (Los Angeles Times)Click here for more"Word on the Street".