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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

Mar 29, 2015, 6:19 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 29, 32 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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I get a lot of good questions during the week that don’t require an answer long enough to make a whole post. So on the weekend I clear out the inbox, Quick Hits style. Let’s get rolling.

We have done a few posts on that subject lately. The free agency market has pretty well dried up. It looks like Jay Gruden would like to let Spencer Long and Chris Chester battle it out at right guard. And he’d like Morgan Moses and Tom Compton to compete at right tackle. It appears that any further additions to the line will come in the draft. Gruden mentioned that he, new O-line coach Bill Callahan and Scot McCloughan are looking for a type of lineman that will fit what they want to do. Whether an O-line draft picks comes early, in the form of LSU OT La’el Collins, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, or perhaps Florida State G Tre Jackson, or later on remains to be seen.

Lefty is referring to Ted Bolser, a seventh-round pick last year. He was released in the final cuts last year and although he bounced around a couple of practice squads he didn’t catch on with anyone. Nobody has picked him up yet this offseason, although he could sign with another team after the draft. But the fact that he was released from the Redskins’ practice squad after about a month says that they think they made a mistake when they drafted him. I wouldn’t rule out a return for Bolser but I would think that if they really wanted him back they would have signed him by now. Update: Bolser has signed with the Cardinals, ht/@IIWIISkinsBlog.

If the Redskins end up taking Amari Cooper or Kevin White with the No. 5 pick a trade would have to be considered a possibility. They could decide that Pierre Garçon’s $7.1 million base salary is not worth keeping and put the “for sale” sign up on the receiver. Perhaps between the first round on Thursday and the final rounds on Saturday a deal could be done. A more likely scenario might be for the Redskins to hold on to Garçon and then see if a contending team that suffers an injury to a receiver in training camp would offer a 2016 draft pick for him in the summer.

Only seven other NFL head coaches call offensive plays (and two others call defenses) so Gruden is definitely in the minority as one who calls his own plays. I would think that eventually he will turn over the duties to McVay, who is viewed as a rising star around the league. But it doesn’t look like the change will take place this season. Usually such things are decided in January and we haven’t heard of any change at this point.


It’s always a possibility. In the last two drafts teams have traded into the top five to draft non-quarterbacks (Miami moved up to take Dion Jordan in 2013, the Bills jumped up for Sammy Watkins last year). White could draw some offers as could one of the edge rushers if a team believes that one is far superior to the others. And the other day I mentioned the possibility that the Redskins’ pick could become a hot commodity if USC DT Leonard Williams slips to No. 5. So there are plenty of possibilities but four weeks out there are no reports that a certain team is interested in trading up for a certain player. Stay tuned.


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Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 22; 2015 NFL Draft 32; Redskins training camp starts 123

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  1. mr.moneylover - Mar 29, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    They tryna get ppl thats behind the 5th pick to move ahead of them….its kinda a smart move or if they feel mariota is the guy they can groom they will take him…or they can take him as a bargain for the teams who need a QB and do a trade…I herd that redskins might have been having visits from college players but just havent made it public weather thats true or not this is a draft player that u want to announce that hes coming for a visit can you say SMOKE SCREEN because thats all I think they doing its a draft strategy thats smart on scot m.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 29, 2015 at 6:40 AM

      Add the chargers,browns,and steelers to the group who might want to move up to get mariota…everybody knows jets looking to move up ahead of the redskins since we interested in Marcus mariota

      • jasonnecros04 - Mar 29, 2015 at 8:26 AM

        if marriota falls, no chance the redskins will draft him…

      • Jgd2016 - Mar 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        The steelers? They just gave Ben a huge contract

        • ceetown22 - Mar 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

          yeah well he’s 33 these days…

  2. oaklandred - Mar 29, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Yes, if a team offers enough in a trade for the 5th pick, we’ll trade it. Otherwise, if Marcus Mariota is there at 5, as he probably will be, I think the Redskins will draft him.

    Tennessee I think is trying to generate interest in their choice, but they are at this point only going to work Mariota out. Their coach is probably too traditional to get the most out of Mariota. I think the Redskins are the only team that is bringing Mariota into their facility. That’s a significant step, and McCloughan and Gruden both say that Mariota is a serious possibility, if he’s the best available player.

    • Travis - Mar 29, 2015 at 10:53 AM

      By bringing him into the facility only give the image that we are confident in his ability and are jumping straight to the next step making those teams that really want him more desperate to move up!

  3. Jgd2016 - Mar 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    The sentence that most caught my eye in this story was about McVay being viewed as a rising star in the league. I know he’s young for a coordinator, but had not heard this “rising star” statement from anyone else

  4. gurnblanstonreturns - Mar 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Thanks for the answer, Rich. Leonard Williams is the only player on the board that someone would have to overpay significantly to get me to trade the pick. Most likely, I would snatch him up. I would be open to listening to any offer if Williams is off the board. And I would take the best offer. It would be incredible if McCloughan shows all-pro chops and convinces the Jets that they need to trade up one spot to get Mariota. Getting value and the next best available player (or rolling them bones and trading down again from #6) would be a real offseason win – not the usual ill-fated mirage that made Dan Snyder famous.

    • jtaylor68 - Mar 29, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      gurn – If there is a bidding war for our pick and the Jets win that bid, I would love to know what we could gain and still pick up Beasley by dropping one spot.

  5. timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 29, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Rich could this turn into a Phillip Rivers & Drew Brees scenario like the Chargers had on their hands a decade ago?If I recall Dreww started playing Great after they Drafted Rivers then they had to choose between them.

  6. redskinscaio - Mar 29, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    I’d love to see the Skins grab the best available offensive lineman. there’s no way that the SKins can’t find one pro bowl type offensive lineman to draft with the 5th pick… is there? Man, you put a couple of pro bowlers on that offensive line and Morris runs for 2100 yards. The team with the best offensive line usually wins… you have the lead in the 4th, and all you gotta do is run the clock out…. look at the Patriots for example…. That offensive line made Blount look like a star, yes the same BLount that the steelers cut a few weeks before…. HTTR

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 29, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      Nobody in this draft is a top 5 O.L.

      The top guy by most draft experts is Scherff, likely to be a guard.

      Then you have some promising guys who need work, and may turn out great. But guys who need work aren’t top 5.

    • captblood3000 - Mar 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      I agree with thunder. There isn’t a lineman worth the #5 pick. What you describe assumes a trade down partner where your new first round pick gets you Scherff, and your additional pick and #38 get you Cameron Erving and a right tackle. Aside from Erving , I don’t think there’s a center worth taking before round 3. Then among your existing starters, projected starters and draftees you assemble a new line.

  7. captblood3000 - Mar 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    The trade down scenarios as I see them are wide receiver (2 players), Leonard Williams, 4 edge rushers, Danny Shelton. The trade partner has to want a particular prospect for at least 1700 points, which is the value of #5 pick. The Redskins also have to be guided by their Board. I’ve said before that if Leonard Williams is available at #5, and the Redskins rank Williams as the #1 prospect, then they must treat the #5 pick as worth the #1 pick (3000 points). They shouldn’t make their trading partner the beneficiary of their good fortune.

    If the Redskins prefer to draft one of the edge rushers, but may not have a clear preference among them at #5, they could trade down with a team like the Bears or the Giants to acquire one or two additional picks. This is basically what the Redskins did in 2011, trading #10 to Jacksonville for #16 and a second rounder. In the interim, Coples and Quinn went off their Board, and the Skins selected Kerrigan.

    • ceetown22 - Mar 30, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      coples was taken in 2012.

      looking back would you take JJ Watt or trade down and grab Kerrigan? (which the trade ultimately netted us Kerrigan, Leonard Hankerson, Dejon Gomes (5 spots before Richard Sherman) Roy Helu, Aldrick Robinson and Maurice Hurt.)

      There was a lot of trading down and up, but that pick ultimately netted us Jax 2nd rounder which we then traded to Indy I think and that pick was traded to Hou…. bla bla bla

  8. warpath1 - Mar 30, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    whether it is mariota, white, or an edge rusher, lineman, im not really worried about it. Im just glad that we have a gm who has the skills and knowledge to make the best move. Im sure he is a little smarter than the rest of us in player selection. HTTR

  9. boysheadcoach - Mar 30, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Fun Draft would be
    Redskins trade down w/ Jets #6 and pick up their second this year and 4th next year
    Trade down #6 w/ rams and pick up 1st next year and third this year
    Pick up OL at 10
    pick up CB and pass rusher in second
    pick up FS and OL in third
    next year pick up QB and Safety next year in first
    Dreaaaaaaaaam on

  10. sidepull - Mar 30, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    I like AJ Cann ahead of Tre Jackson but Jackson would be a fantastic pick up as well. Archives

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