Redskins make draft a family affair for Spencers

Published May. 5, 2015 5:24 p.m. ET

The Washington Redskins made Evan Spencer's day when they drafted him in the sixth round on Saturday. They made it even better the way they let the former Ohio State receiver know about it: By letting his brother, Cole, make the call.

"I picked up the phone and heard Cole’s voice, and he was like, ‘Hey man, we’re getting you,’” Spencer told Washington reporters on a conference call. “I didn’t know how to react and I didn’t even know what I said, honestly, but I probably started freaking out.”

Cole Spencer is a scout for the Redskins, and head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Saturday the honor was earned by Evan, who was a regular for the Buckeyes for much of his four years in Columbus but caught only 52 passes for his career. He started all 15 games last season and was frequently praised by head coach Urban Meyer for his blocking ability.

“When you watch him play, you look at his stats, you’re like ‘Why would they draft him?'" Gruden said. "But this guy is a very tough football player. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s physical. He’s going to be a demon on special teams.”


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