It is a time-honored tradition in the modern NFL Draft to have the commissioner present each team’s first-round selection with the No. 1 jersey of their new employer.
It’s symbolic, it’s tradition, and it serves as an excuse for an iconic photo shoot.
This year, the Redskins are one of three teams that enters the 2013 NFL Draft without a first round draft pick (joined by the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The Redskins are not scheduled to select a player until the second round, on Friday evening with the 51st overall pick.
With that in mind (and very little trade bait to move back into the first round), you would think that the Redskins would not have any No. 1 jerseys ready to go at Radio City Music Hall.
And you would be wrong.
According to the @NFL345 Twitter account, which disseminates information for the NFL’s Communication department, the Redskins do indeed have a jersey. As a matter of fact, they have four waiting in the wings:
The image above was tastefully screen-grabbed from a Vine video posted on the account earlier this week.
In the interests of transparency, the Buccaneers’ jerseys are clearly visible in this shot (despite trading for Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis), and I would assume that the Seahawks’ are in there as well (despite trading for Vikings’ receiver Percy Harvin), although I cannot pick them out.
Much like the Super Bowl champion apparel for the game’s loser, these jerseys will likely be whisked away at the close of the first round, never to be seen again (until next year). As a reminder, the Redskins are not scheduled to have a first round pick next year either.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.