By Jake Russell
For the second year in a row, the Washington Redskins’ first selection in the NFL Draft will not come until the second round, this time at 34th overall.
The likelihood is the Redskins remain inactive tonight and stay put at their present second round selection given the depth of the draft. Coming off of a 3-13 season, the team has a myriad of needs ranging from right tackle to safety and offensive guard to inside linebacker.
In a press conference on Tuesday, general manager Bruce Allen said the team will likely not move up into the first round.
“During the draft, and once again to follow up on the process, in the draft room, [Director of Pro Personnel] Morocco Brown and [Vice President of Football Administration] Eric Schaffer are involved in checking the temperature of other teams to see what trade possibilities are available,” Allen said. “We’ll listen. I can’t imagine that there aren’t going to be other teams that have more picks that are going to be trying to get into the bottom of that first round than we have. So I think it’s unlikely, but we’ll listen to other people’s offers.”
Allen, however, did not rule out trading back to acquire more picks.
“Where we’re picking, and you can look at all the mock drafts that you want, I think the most mock drafts have probably the top 15 players that is all similar,” Allen said. “When you get down to our neck of the woods, there’s great variation. If we have a player that has a first-round grade that falls to us, it will make us less likely to trade out of there. We have several players who have about the same grade on them and if that’s the case, and we get the opportunity, we would move.”
The team has said they view this offseason’s big addition, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, as their missing first round pick.
A trade involving backup quarterback Kirk Cousins for a first round (or any round) pick seems lukewarm at best at this point although his name will be thrown around a bit starting tonight.
The logical trading partner would be with former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and the Cleveland Browns, who raved about Cousins after the Redskins selected him in the fourth round in 2012. In a best-case scenario for the Redskins, the Browns would ship their 26th overall pick to D.C. in exchange for the third-year passer. In two other more likely scenarios, the Redskins send him to a team for a mid-round selection or hold onto him until next offseason when he has one year left on his rookie contract.
Barring a trade for a first round pick, who do you think the Redskins should take in the second round?