Mel Kiper mentioned today on ESPN’s draft special that the Atlanta Falcons might be very interested in trading up to the Redskins pick at 21 to pick QB Joe Flacco from Delaware. The Falcons have 2 picks in the second and third rounds this year and if they feel they need to move that far up to get Flacco, they certainly could do it.
Moving down seems an excellent choice for the Redskins if they can do it. If they can get a similar deal to what the Cowboys got last year, the 3rd pick in the 2nd round this year and a 1st rounder next year, we set ourselves up for some long terms success. That Falcons 1st round pick is likely to be a top 10 pick and next year is likely to be the year when we really need to address some holes due to aging players. It will be easier to identify who those players need to be.
Even if we can’t get the 1st rounder and instead we settle for say both 2nd rounders or say a 2nd and a 3rd, that’s good stuff for moving down 12 spots in the draft. Not only does it save us much needed cap room, but there are guys who fall there that are likely just as good.
With essentially the entire team that made the playoffs back from last year, this year’s draft is about depth. By accumulating picks for this year and next, we can establish the foundation of this team for the next 4 or 5 years. Stepping back in the draft for more picks allows us to up the chance that we get serious starters out of the later rounds and doesn’t hurt us at all in terms of the current starters. We’re in a great position and if we do this draft right, we’ll be able to look back at it as the time when the Skins turned the corner from sporadic performer to perennial contender.
I’m in Vegas the next couple of days, but I leave you in the hands of the excellent Guy Damrosch who will plum the depths of the news wire to have anything interesting to say before the draft overwhelms us all.