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Need to Know: Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options

Need to Know: Redskins first-round trade up-trade down options

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 12, 15 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 5
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 30
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 42
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 151

Trade up/trade down options for the Redskins

I did a mock draft for the Redskins yesterday and when I made the first-round pick there really wasn’t anyone on the board at No. 17 who I thought would have sufficient impact on the team. It was a perfect situation for the Redskins to trade down and collect some more picks or, if they are targeting a particular player, use some of their 10 picks to trade up.

Let’s take the latter scenario first. Suppose the Redskins think that RB Christian McCaffrey will be the perfect addition to change their offense from good to great. But there is credible intel out there that the Eagles, who are drafting three spots earlier at 14th, will take the former Stanford star. What would it take for the Redskins to jump ahead of Philly?

Per the draft pick trade chart, the 17th pick is worth 950 points and the 13th is worth 1,150. To move up to No. 13 the Redskins would have to give up their third-round pick (No. 81, 185 points) and possibly one of their sixth-round picks. The lesson here is that moving up in the first round is very expensive. A third-round pick has about a 50 percent chance of evolving into being a starter at some point.

On the other side, suppose they don’t trade up and they’re looking at the same situation I was the mock yesterday, with nobody particularly appealing on the board. I had it set up so I couldn’t make trades but, of course, that would be an option for the Redskins.

You first thing you have to remember about trading down is that another team has to want to trade up. In other words, another team must look at the same pool of available players that you’re looking at and be excited enough about one of them to give up a future starter as part of a deal to move up.

It’s usually quarterbacks who excite teams enough to make moves so let’s say that Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina is still hanging around at No. 17 and the Texans, who have the 25th pick, see him as their QB of the future.

The 25th pick is worth 720 points so the Texans would have to come up with 230 points of value to move up. Their third-round pick (No. 81), worth 185, and their fourth rounder (No. 131), 41, would total 226. Bill O’Brien could throw in a few racks of BBQ ribs and they could call it even.

Let’s look at one more trade back that would net the Redskins a bigger haul. Cleveland needs a quarterback and they might think that they can bypass Trubisky with their two first-round picks at No. 1 and No. 12 and move up to get him a little later. The Browns have two second-round picks, No. 33 (580 points) and No. 52 (380 points). Those add up to 960 points, making it just about the right price for Washington’s 950-point pick at 17.

That would leave the Redskins without a first-round pick but they could get some quality players with three second-round picks—their own and the two from the Browns. In fact, with that 33rd pick the Redskins could jump up into the end of the first round with a Saturday pick. Their later fourth-rounder, No. 124 overall, could get them to about pick No. 29.

This is all hypothetical and the value chart is only a guide, not a hard and fast way of doing business. But it does give you an idea of what to look for if the Redskins start wheeling and dealing.

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Redskins 2017 position outlook: Wide receiver

Redskins 2017 position outlook: Wide receiver

With the season opener fast approaching, it’s time to put the Redskins’ depth chart under the microscope. Over the coming days we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Wide receivers

Starters: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Other roster locks: Ryan Grant, Maurice Harris.
On the bubble: Robert Davis, Brian Quick

How the wide receivers compare:

To the rest of the NFL: This is an unproven group, with Pryor in his second year playing the position and Doctson coming off a lost rookie season. You don’t have to look far to find receiving groups with more proven production. The Giants have added Brandon Marshall to Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard to form one of the top groups in the NFL. It’s arguable that the Cowboys have a better corps. But Pryor has produced a 1000-yard season, Crowder improved from his rookie year to last year and Doctson is a recognized talent. They’re outside of the top 10 but not too far down the list, somewhere in the teens.


To the 2016 Redskins: The Redskins became the first team to lose two 1000-yard receivers in a single offseason when both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left in free agency. They managed to recover about as well as could be expected by signing Pryor and having Doctson in the wings. And maybe the backups could be better than they were last year. Ryan Grant has been catching everything thrown near him in practice and Maurice Harris will have his rookie year out of the way. But the harsh reality is that you don’t easily replace receivers like Garçon and, especially, the speedy Jackson easily. This group must be considered a downgrade until we see production on the field that indicates otherwise.

2017 outlook:

Biggest upside: Doctson was off to a great start in training camp before he suffered a hamstring injury. His talent for high-pointing the ball could make him a favorite red zone and third down target.

Most to prove: Ryan Grant has been a favorite of the coaches since he was a fifth-round pick in 2014. But he had only nine receptions in 16 games last year. If he wants an NFL future here or elsewhere, he needs to catch passes.


Rookie watch: Sixth-round pick Davis has been targeted 11 times in two preseason games and he has 20- and 31-yard receptions. He is going to have to fight off Quick to remain on the roster but he appears to be ahead in that battle. Davis is helping his case by working as a gunner on the punt team.

Bottom line: There is no doubt that the team will miss the ability of Jackson to go deep, opening things up underneath. But it also is clear that the bigger, more physical receivers will help move the chains and increase red zone productivity. The size does not necessarily compensate for the loss of speed but Kirk Cousins still should find quality targets.


Jay Gruden on Ryan Grant:

He’s really strong, he’s in great shape, and he’s Mr. Consistent. Everything we ask him to do he does, and he does it right. No matter where he lines up, no matter what we ask him to do – he can come in the core and block the safety, whatever we want him to do, he can run whatever route from whatever positon and he runs at the right depth, perfect angles coming out of them. He’s just ‘Steady Eddie,’ and that’s why I like him. I like consistent, smart players and that’s what Ryan is.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Report: Despite off-field turmoil, NFL close to extension with commissioner Roger Goodell

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Report: Despite off-field turmoil, NFL close to extension with commissioner Roger Goodell

Despite off-field turmoil and a seemingly endless list of controversies, the NFL plans to extend the tenure of commissioner Roger Goodell, per a report from the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. 

Goodell took over the top NFL job in 2006, replacing the long-tenured Paul Tagliabue. The extension reportedly will extend his era as commissioner through 2024, though Garafolo said the league and Goodell have a few "minor issues" to work through.

In 2016, Goodell reportedly made $34 million as commissioner. 

Under Goodell, the league has seen a windfall of cash, but also numerous off-field controversies.

The commissioner's role with player punishments has dramatically increased, and seems to grow more litigious year after year.


Things seemed to hit their peak when the NFL suspended New England Patriots QB Tom Brady four games for possibly deflating footballs, though the evidence was far from concrete.

There have been plenty of other major controversies during Goodell's leadership: the ongoing concussion lawsuits and settlements, Ray Rice's domestic violence incident, Michael Vick's dog-fighting ring, Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault allegations, and more. 

This year — right now — Goodell is in the middle of dealing with an announced six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and the ongoing controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's inability to land a job in the NFL. 

Ultimately, it appears cash matters most for the league and its commissioner. 

It's also worth adding that the NFL has not lost any games due to labor stoppage under Goodell's leadership. That could change, however, when the next collective bargaining agreement comes up after the 2020 season. NFL Player's Association leader DeMaurice Smith has talked of a possible strike or lockout, and some vocal critics of Goodell and the NFL, like Richard Sherman, have said that the players need to be prepared to strike to elicit actual change. 

There was some speculation that NFL owners, particularly Robert Kraft in New England and Jerry Jones in Dallas, might push for a change at the top as Goodell's autocratic disciplinary style found league stars suspended. Assuming a contract gets done, that speculation appears to be false. 

Goodell was commissioner in 2012 when the NFL penalized the Redskins $36 million against the salary cap for overspending during the uncapped 2010 season.

Redskins officials adamantly denied any wrongdoing, and the penalties had a significant impact on the team's ability to compete for free agents and roster depth. 

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