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Need to Know: How many draft picks do the Redskins have?

Jan 25, 2016, 6:32 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 25, 30 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Question of the day

We’re flipping into offseason mode with Need to Know. At least a few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Today’s question is from Twitter:

We’re over three months away from the draft and a lot can happen. But, hey, if you want to talk about the draft, we’ll talk about it.

The Redskins have eight picks in the draft, which will be held in Chicago on April 26-30. They have their own picks in rounds 1-5 and in round seven. They will have the 21st pick in the first round and then alternate picks 21 and 22 in each round with the Texans, who also were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and who also had a 9-7 record. Washington got the better pick in the first round due to having played a weaker schedule than Houston.

They do not have their own sixth-round pick, having traded it to the Buccaneers as part of the Dashon Goldson trade. In that deal they got Tampa Bay’s seventh-round pick. And last year they got the Saints’ sixth-round pick in this draft as part of a trade of picks in the 2014 draft.

To sum it up, the Redskins have one pick in each round 1-6 and two in round 7 for a total of eight.

They are unlikely to add to that total through picking up any compensatory draft picks. Those will be awarded in March via a formula that considers free agents lost and signed last year and their contract values. The Redskins signed Chris Culliver, Stephen Paea, Terrance Knighton, and Jeron Johnson as free agents. The only qualifying Redskins players who signed elsewhere were Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson, Brian Orakpo and Jarvis Jenkins. All but Orakpo signed relatively modest deals and according to the formula they signed more free agent value than they lose. That adds up to no compensatory picks. (For more details on the compensatory pick formula, which the NFL has not made public, scroll down in this article.)

Will Scot McCloughan trade out of the first round? You can’t rule it out; he showed last year that he is willing to wheel and deal. Last year he turned seven picks into ten plus that sixth in this year’s draft. But despite many predicting that they would trade out of their top pick, they stood pat at fifth overall.

It appeared that the Redskins were willing to listen to trade offers when they were on the clock but the phone didn’t ring. The lesson there is that it takes two to make a deal and there has to be a player on the board that another team thinks is worth trading up for. So McCloughan may be very willing to deal out of the first round for the right deal but if he can’t scare up a trade partner he will be forced to stand pat and use the pick.


—The Redskins last played a game 15 days ago. It will be about 230 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 30; NFL free agency starts 44; 2016 NFL draft 94

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  1. Gerald - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Didn’t the Redskins give up a 5th round pick for Carrier which puts us back to 7 picks.

    If not what did they give up for Carrier? I enjoy your articles. Thanks

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 25, 2016 at 1:19 PM

      The fifth for Carrier is in the 2017 draft.

  2. Jim - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Didn’t we lose a 5th rounder to 49’ers for Derek Carrier?

  3. troylok - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    It’s a draft deep in safeties and there isn’t a center worthy of a first round pick. I see these as the two biggest areas of need so trading down isn’t out of the question.

    • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:48 AM

      I’m not sure if there is a center worthy of the 21st overall pick or not. The problem is will the top 2 or 3 centers be gone by the time we pick near the end of the second round? Safety seems deeper than center.

    • ET - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

      This draft class is pretty deep in DL talent, too. I’d be somewhat surprised if Scot doesn’t use one of the first three picks on a defensive lineman. Obviously draft priorities will be influenced by free agency as well, but I don’t expect either DL or safety issues to be “solved” with FA pickups alone.

      I’d also like to see an ILB drafted in the first few picks—we’ll see. Despite the decent season, this team has lots of holes to fill.

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Rich, I recall we traded a conditional 5th round pick to the 49ers for Derek Carrier.

    I guess the conditions were not fulfilled?

  5. abanig - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    My mock:


    Go to to do your own mock draft simulation

    • Mr.moneylover - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:57 AM

      Laquon Treadwell will not be there when the redskins pick he will be long gone…WR from TCU josh doston will be there tho that’s if he don’t raise his stock at the combine in two weeks… Don’t forget about Baylor WR Corey Coleman…there’s options there but its a big drop off after that…I wouldn’t like if redskins pick WR Michael Thomas from OSU he another Ryan grant don’t got break away speed… We need another guy with break away speed djax is the only one who can do that we need another one

      • kenlinkins - Jan 25, 2016 at 10:20 AM

        Thomas is the most under valued WR in this draft. IMO he will be a star in the NFL. I also think his star will raise after they see his numbers at the combine.

      • abanig - Jan 25, 2016 at 1:41 PM

        I see a lot of people saying his. Do you all remember that Alshon Jeffery fell to the Bears in round 2?

    • metalman5150 - Jan 25, 2016 at 1:39 PM

      Treadwell and Reed will both be gone by the end of the first round.

  6. Mr.moneylover - Jan 25, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    I don’t think they gonna trade out they first pick…its gonna be a lot of good players available with the 21th pick whoever it is they expected to start and be a big help next season …I see redskins drafting DL with the first pick and drafting a wide receiver in the second round if they don’t address it in free agency… After free agency you can tell what direction the team is gonna go in..they miss on some O-lineman in free agency last year so guess what they address it in the draft by picking Brandon scherff and Arie kouandjiou…I hear redskins gonna go after C Alex Mack hard in free agency but also try to get a good WR also…those two are what’s likely to happen

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      The Browns have Mack locked up:

      • Rich Tandler - Jan 25, 2016 at 1:21 PM

        Not if he doesn’t want to be. Look at the notes under the contract table, says “2016-18 player voidable”. That means he can opt out.

  7. colmac69 - Jan 25, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    U watch denver defense last night you realise how far off our 3-4 defense is to b at that level…..their defense reminded me of great pitt/baltimore 3-4,s that dominated football bout 7,8yrs ago…….

    Upgrading defense has to b priority

    • ajbus1 - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:51 AM

      I agree. Upgrade the D and get that ground game going!

    • firesnyder - Jan 25, 2016 at 12:45 PM

      was thinking the same thing colmac — we have so far to go. Need another dominant linebacker, another lockdown corner, and a great safety to even get close to Denver’s talent level. Miller is such a disruptive beast and we just don’t have that.

  8. scottmccloughanfan - Jan 25, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    If any of you noticed yesterday’s games, you saw consistant ferocious pass rushers from the winning teams. And in one instance from a losing team.

    Think back to the games the REDSKINS played in 2015.

    Did you see a ferocious rush line from the REDSKINS? Yes, occasionally? Me too. But the second GIANTS game in particular. The commentators were all talking before the game about how bad the GIANTS O-line was. Did we pressure MANNING throughout the game? Absolutely not. On occasion yes, but generally no.

    We need a pocket collapser and pass rusher in the draft at #21 either a DT or DE.

    HATCHER’s comments about retirement were telling. He knows the story.

    KEDRICK GOLSTON has been a warrior, and I for one really appreciate his efforts over the years. But it’s time to go.

    STEPHEN PAEA was a disappointment, to me anyway. Most games he was a complete non-factor at end.

    Pot Roast will look much more effective with a rush from both sides of him. B.J. RAJI might look even better.

    Let’s sign GALLETT, and a NT. Fill in for HATCHER, KEARSE, and GOLSTON with better players, and turn KERRIGAN and SMITH loose on the opposition.

    Our ILB’s and DB’s will look a lot better with an improved pass rush.

    BTW, we could do worse by signing BERRY or WEDDLE back there and renegotiating with GOLDSTON.

    • Mr.moneylover - Jan 25, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      Exactly… Pass rush and backup DL players help Denver beat patriots… Ryan kerrigan had a off year Preston smith got the start after week 8 after the bye week so if they can replace hatcher,gholston,and kearse…Stephen paea had very bad year just 1 sack in six games…I think they should let him go he was struggling bad a more worst year then pot roast…if we had DE that’s a true threat then pot roast will eat like in the bears game one bears OL said they can’t stop Chris Baker so they double him and left pot roast one on one…our DE need a upgrade for sure…Chris baker is better coming off the bench like Ricky jean…put some threats on the side of pot roast watch how effective that DL will be along with junior gaullet

      • ET - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:27 AM

        Hopefully Hatcher retires (I like the guy, but he’s done) and Golston retires (ditto). Kearse and/or Paea may get the boot. No issues there except that’s perhaps FOUR members of a position group being replaced at once. A pretty tall order even if there’s one good free agency pickup and one draft pick who’s ready to contribute right away.

      • ET - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM

        Oh, and I think Chris Baker will look even better next year, especially if Galette and Preston Smith are ready to go.

      • rtcwon - Jan 25, 2016 at 1:38 PM

        There is a rule of thumb that you shouldn’t release any FA that you signed to a multi-year deal within the first two years. The dead money will be too much.

        To use Paea as an example, releasing him would result in $3.75M in dead money, plus you need to spend to replace him. Paea and RJF are going to be here at least one more year.

  9. Mr.moneylover - Jan 25, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Its gonna take young guys to fix the D-line its a big risk going after a player DL player in free agency… Look at Stephen paea and Jason hatcher they haven’t had no kinda effect on the team…Scot m. Sign multiple DL players to future deals already who been with the team all year long…he knows and I know its gonna take young guys to revamp the DL….look at the teams who got a Good DL…young and Hungary

  10. kenlinkins - Jan 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Today Draft Simulator, I traded back twice (Cards / Raiders)totally out of the first round and picked up extra picks in the 2nd and 3rd round.
    2nd – 13 Reed DT Ala
    2nd – 21 Elliott RB OSU
    2nd – 22 Dodd DE Clem
    2nd – 31 Voltz C Wis
    3rd – 21 Kearse SS Clem
    3rd – 31 Burns CB MIA
    4th – 22 Striker ILB OKL
    5th – 19 Garrett WR Tulsa
    6th – 12 Seau OLB Nev
    7th – 11 Hilton CB Old Miss
    7th – 21 Shell RB W Va.
    IMO the sweet spot in this draft is the 2nd, and 3rd round where there are many guys who could make a fast impact of the Redskins. While this is a lot of youth to add in one year, I for one would welcome it.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:43 AM

      Unfortunately trading back in draft simulator is much easier than in the actual draft.

      You need a team that has a jones for a player (e.g. Dallas, he punned). Otherwise, you’re the one giving up value to make it happen.

      • kenlinkins - Jan 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

        I agree but in this case I only took deals that might happen in real life (i.e. deal was fair from a team who might be targeting a player, and I believed it when they picked). A few times I started over due to not believing the player picked after the deal and passed on many deals I knew would never happen in real life. In this simulation I was a bit shocked that both the OSU RB and the big power RB from Alabama were still on the board at pick 21 of the 2nd round (not 100% sure that will happen). I Also took Striker as a ILB and not a OLB which will be a gamble moving positions. IMO this draft is very deep in second level talent (i.e. normally late 1st and early 2nd round types) who will be there until the 4th round. And if I can see it, I am sure NFL GM’s see it also, which will make trading down harder to do, which was your point to start with.

  11. Mr.moneylover - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    And whoever saying get rid of pot roast is crazy…do you know how many times he made a stop on 4 down and on field goal stops…we haven’t had a guy who could do that in years he just need help on the side of him so the D-line can be more effective and so he won’t get double team on every play…pot roast ain’t have no help most of the year if not all year Chris baker was coming off the bench and Stephen paea was a no show for the games he play and Ryan kerrigan was struggling along with Jason hatcher… Get three young DL we will be straight next year trust me…old free agents won’t fix that problem

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 25, 2016 at 3:45 PM

      Call me crazy then since I’d let him go if we get a better NT in FA. Yes there is a much better option in FA than retaining Knighton. The guy has a weight issue and we are talking freaking Nose Tackle here. That’s almost as whacked as sending a Sumo Wrestler to Weight Watchers.

      “he just need help on the side of him so the D-line can be more effective and so he won’t get double team on every play’

      Getting double teamed is what is to be expected from NT. That’s the whole idea of having a mega big guy in the middle of a 3-4. The difference is not getting pushed so far out of the play where fans have started to hold a seat for you. Many very good NTs can hold their own when double teamed. The idea behind the NT is to also disrupt the run which he didn’t do very often most the season.

      Knighton has talent and a great burst for a guy his size but he needs to get in shape. Asking a veteran NT to get into shape is a huge red flag IMO.

      • smotion55 - Jan 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

        100% right. pot roast was slow and out of shape all year. His exit comments were telling. He knows he could have been much better= 30 LBS lighter. We need 2 in the draft up front early and a center If we don’t upgrade in free agency. I think hatcher is going to retire, and as was said in a earlier comment Golsten is old and Paea was hurt and under performed. Baker can play either and will do just fine with some help. All of the needs are very apparent to the scouting Dept. I would love to be the fly on the wall and be in there for all the conversations . Nose tackle early in the draft is deep so I would bet somebody that can line up anywhere on the line. Austin Johnson, or Billings from Baylor. Shelton Rankins can play both . Young and Smart above all.

  12. Kennethwmobley - Jan 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    My. Team. The. Redskins. The. Best. Team. In. The. World

  13. Nancy - Jan 25, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Didn’t they trade a 6th pick to the 49ers for TE Carrier

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 26, 2016 at 4:44 AM

      They traded a 2017 fifth for Carrier.

  14. Raymond - Jan 25, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    I read garcon/djax count combined nearly20 million against the cap.who will go and who will restructure…what do you think of using 1st pick at WR treadwell..a solid weapon for kirk.i know we need help on defense,but can address that after rd 1. Archives

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