Latest On Redskins’ First Round Plans

There has been plenty of chatter suggesting that the Redskins want to trade up from their No. 15 overall pick in order to better position themselves to (presumably) nab one of this year’s top collegiate passers. Earlier today, we heard yet again that Washington is contemplating a move into the Top 5, and while there was no definitive report as to the club’s hypothetical trade partner, the Jets — who hold the No. 3 overall pick — are allegedly determined to trade down.

Adding more fuel to that fire are several tweets suggesting that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is perhaps even more involved than usual in his club’s first-round selection. Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan hears from a team source that Snyder has “taken over the first round of the draft,” and the last time that happened, Washington surrendered a king’s ransom of draft picks to acquire the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 draft, which it used on Robert Griffin III (Twitter link).

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network has a similar report, and he indicates that Snyder “absolutely” has influence on the Redskins’ draft, while team president Bruce Allen also has an important role. On the other hand, senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams has limited input on the team’s picks, and head coach Jay Gruden has even less (Twitter link).

That in and of itself doesn’t mean much, but when put in the context of the RGIII trade, it could serve as a harbinger of things to come tomorrow night (plus, Garafolo’s report obviously doesn’t offer an optimistic view on Gruden’s long-term future with the club, which is an interesting sidenote). However, Mike Jones of USA Today tweets that the Redskins do not feel they can part with their early picks, and if they want to jump all the way up to No. 3, they will have to essentially empty their cupboard of early picks. Jones does note, though, that it’s lying season, so the Redskins’ reported reluctance to part with prime draft capital could be a smokescreen.

For what it’s worth, Paulsen says that Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie categorically denied the notion that Snyder has taken control of the team’s first-round pick, but it’s his job to quash these kinds of rumors, regardless of their veracity. And regardless of Snyder’s influence on the draft, the Redskins have firmly established themselves as one of the most intriguing teams to keep an eye over the next 24 hours or so.

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6 comments on “Latest On Redskins’ First Round Plans

  1. Without a number one receiver, with an ailing offensive line and with aging defenders in key roles, I don’t know what that joker Snyder is doing trading up in a weak quarterback year. This year will be a rebuild year and Snyder might find himself in the top five with no trading.

    Probably will have traded away that number five or six pick to “move up” to number three this year.

    This is just terrible news for Redskins fans. It took five years to recover from the RGIII trade.

  2. badco44

    Skins are in no position to trade up… poor receivers … poor o line… Snyder needs to butte out

  3. jdouble777

    Why does Gruden never get credit for winning as much as he has in spite of this absurd nonsense?

    I’m a sad Redskin fan through and through, stuck, I only love those near my “hometown” so it is what it is. “We” have induced a trying period among our fandom for an absurdly long period by which you expect the chaos to not result in redirection, interest in a new or better product, a time in which you see through the flaws that just are not going to change….

    Gruden has not be the problem and doing what he has what he has had is just awesome. I am sure Snyder will do it again, it will cost Gruden his job, and in the end we will be what we are. HOWEVER, please as a media outlet save Gruden.

  4. seth3120

    Cousins may not be an elite guy but look at the spot they’ve put themselves in. You go pick up the Chiefs discarded starter who wasn’t great before a career threatening injury and now you’re sitting at 15 desperate to find a qb? Playing chicken with cousins doesn’t look so good right now. To go from 15 to nabbing Murray or Haskins would just about end your draft. Or you can move up a little and totally gamble with a first round draft pick ala Paxton Lynch type. Whatever Cousins is or isn’t he was successful in Washington why would you gamble on someone else?

    • Cousins is going nowhere either. He’s lost four out of five big games from college through the pros. Not a leader of men. But yes, locking him down early would have been better. It would still only be an Andy Dalton style situation. Cousins played as well as he did as he’s been playing for a contract every year.

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