There has been a lot of talk about who the Redskins should draft with the 34th pick. The best answer may be “none of the above”.
They are without a first-round pick and in a deep draft they may want to replenish their stock of picks by trading back and picking up additional selections. And some recent movement among quarterbacks may make it easier for the Redskins to do just that.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s stock is improving after his pro day workout gave solid indications that he should be ready for NFL training camp after suffering a torn ACL during the season. At the same time, the prospects of Teddy Bridgewater, once thought to be a candidate for the top overall pick, are said to be sliding due to a string of subpar private workouts. It’s not out of the question that both quarterbacks are still on the board when the first round ends late Thursday.
The Texans, with the first pick of the second round, could take either Mettenberger or Bridgewater, especially if they opt to take defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the top pick. Seven of the eight teams drafting after the Redskins’ second-round pick are candidates to draft a QB in the second round—the Browns, Raiders, Bucs, Jaguars, Vikings, Bill, and Titans. The Redskins could be in the catbird seat with those teams, and possibly more, looking to move up.
Normally, moving down five spots at that point in the draft would net a something like a fifth-round pick. But teams will overpay to move up to get a quarterback and if there is competition the price could get drive up even higher. Netting a third-round pick to move back six spots might be a bit unrealistic but getting a fourth and perhaps a sixth or seventh is not out of the question.