Former Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato Talks Snyder's Influence On Team
Former Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato on a recent podcast appearance offered some "insight on what it was like to work with" Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder in the team's draft room, according to Jake Russell of the WASHINGTON POST. Cerrato, speaking on "The Kevin Sheehan Show," said of the Redskins drafting QB Dwayne Haskins in the first round: "From all reports, Dan was running the first round. I think Dan did a good job. I think the evaluations he had on Haskins, I liked." Cerrato said of NFL front offices: "If it doesn’t go good, part of their job is the owner’s always right, so you got to take the hit." However, he added, "If Haskins doesn’t turn out well ... it's not Dan’s fault; it’s whoever’s fault. That’s just part of the job duties." Cerrato said that he had to "change Snyder’s opinion when the owner was set on whom he wanted to draft." He said, "We would just have to convince him otherwise a lot of the times. He would listen. And if we had a good enough evaluation and good reasoning, then he was cool with it. He was good at listening at those things, especially when Joe Gibbs was there. If the scouts wanted somebody else and Dan took the other (player), they didn’t do a very good job of portraying their case to get somebody else." Russell noted during his 10 seasons with the Redskins, Cerrato "appeared to be very close to Snyder." Cerrato said that "that’s not the case anymore." He added, "I haven’t talked to him for a while, but he was a good family friend" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/11).