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What a moment it was for the Spencer family on Saturday afternoon.
You see, Cole Spencer is an area scout for the Washington Redskins while his brother Evan Spencer – a wide receiver from Ohio State – was still on the board late in the sixth round.
Through a trade with the New Orleans Saints, the Redskins were able to acquire the No. 187 pick, giving them three picks (No. 181 and No. 182 as well) in a seven-pick span.
While they used the first two picks of the round on defensive backs, they went wide receiver with the 187th-overall pick.
But they didn't just take any receiver.
They took Evan who would hear his dream come true from a very familiar voice.
"We let Cole make the initial phone call and that's a big deal for both of them, and Evan earned it, you know?" said head coach Jay Gruden on Saturday. "When you watch him play, you look at his stats, you're like 'Why would they draft him?' 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."
During his conference call with the media, Evan said he noticed a call was coming in from a Virginia area code.
Check out these photos of Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer, the 187th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
"I picked up the phone and heard Cole's voice, and he was like, 'Hey man, we're getting you,'" he said. "I didn't know how to react and I didn't even know what I said, honestly, but I probably started freaking out."
So yes, there is the family connection, but at the end of the day the Redskins made the call on Spencer for his talents on the football field.
"Everybody is like, 'Well, his brother works here and all that,' and I told him prior to the draft, I said, 'You know, I have him put on a spot not because of the relation but because that's where I think he is as a football player,'" said general manager Scot McCloughan on Monday. "A matter of fact, he was even around higher than when we took him on our board. I'm very excited and I got a really nice text from [Cole] last night. And he's like 'Listen, to hear my brother announced as a Redskin was so strong.' Very cool."