Though they own the fifth overall pick, the Washington Redskins are looking to trade down in tonight’s draft. According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, GM Scot McCloughlan wants to unload the pick in hopes of acquiring more selections so that he can either build depth or change out talent on the existing roster.
Sources say that if Washington still holds the pick by the time the fifth pick rolls around, the team would select Florida linebacker Dante Fowler, Jr.
Granted, Washington does need another pass rusher to complement Ryan Kerrigan, but the team is not necessarily in a position where the front office can keep drafting the best players available year after year after year and just hope for the best.
Washington went 4-12 last season and has made the playoffs just once in the last five years. Over that stretch, the team has gone 28-52 and been marred by inconsistency.
Thus, while trading the fifth overall pick just for more draft picks may seem like an odd move to some, the Redskins need all the roster turnover they can get at this point. This year’s draft class is incredibly deep, so perhaps hitting the reset button and blowing the roster up via the draft instead of just relying on one or two picks plus veterans each year is the best approach.
Campus Sports will update this story as further developments come in, so stay tuned.
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