When it comes to the NFL Draft, the more picks you have, the better off you are probably going to be into the future. At least, that is how the Washington Redskins feel right now as they have already racked up eight picks in April’s draft. However, Washington general manager Scot McCloughan would love to bring even more in as he is planning to trade down and add on four more picks before draft next month.
“The thing is, the more you kind of swing at it, the more chances you’ve got to hit,” McCloughan said.
“And I think last year we had a solid draft – we got some guys that came in and helped us win a division – we’re going to keep adding to it. And the more picks I can get, the more younger guys – the more healthier guys – I’m going that route.”
This may mean even giving up their first-round pick this year, but it could help them in the long run, getting more chances to bring in young guys into the future. McCloughan has said in the past that the best way to build a winning team is through the draft and he stands by that.
“I preach and preach and preach and I’ll never change: you build through the draft,” he said. “You identify your own – who can play, but not just from a talent standpoint, but from a personality standpoint, character standpoint, a passion standpoint, a competitive standpoint where you know, ‘This guy fits what we’re looking for. We can build on these guys.’ And they teach younger guys how to do it.”
The Redskins certainly seem to be building for success after their 9-7 season last year, that saw them win the NFC East for the first time since 2012. You can’t really blame the team for wanting to bring in more young talent.
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