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Inside the War Room

Fast friendship blooming between Redskins' top two picks

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Posted: Sunday April 16, 2000 05:56 PM

  Lavar Arrington, Chris Samuels With Lavar Arrington (left) and Chris Samuels in the fold, the Skins' front office expects a trip to the Super Bowl next season.

By Josie Karp,

ASHBURN, Va. -- By choosing LaVar Arrington and Chris Samuels, the Redskins possibly change the fortunes of a franchise. What they definitely did was forge a connection between two players that will stand as a symbol for the next decade of the teams' success or failure.

"It's a great thing that I get to experience with Chris," Arrington said. "A lot of times you got to come in by yourself, and I think that Chris is my litter-mate. We really are coming in here as pups."

"We're going to help each other out, and we are going to continue to be friends," Samuels said. "We are going to battle on the field. I know we are going to get after each other, but off the field I know that are going to keep a good friendship.

"He's just hilarious. Every minute he gets he's cracking a joke or doing something funny, so I know we are going to have a lot of fun together here."

The comparisons between the style of play of Arrington and Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor bring a great deal of pressure, but now Arrington will be wearing No. 56 for the Redskins.

"I chose the number," Arrington said. "You are correct, it is Lawrence Taylor's number, but I just felt compelled to request his number. And I'm going to try my best to bring back the L.T. days."

In a day filled with memorable moments, one thing stood out for the Redskins' new offensive tackle that he said he will take with him from Draft Day.

"Just seeing my parents faces light up with excitement and parental concern," Samuels said. "I think that's the most important thing to me, and that will stick in my brain for a long time."

Arrington and Samuels aren't walking into your typical high draft pick situation. The Redskins are a division winner that came so close to the NFC Championship game.

Owner Daniel Snyder said a draft like this should be a turning point. For the Redskins indications are anything less than a Super Bowl next season will be a disappointment.

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