The Philadelphia Eagles were set to receive either a 3rd or 4th round pick for Donovan McNabb in the upcoming draft. This would be on top of the 2nd-round pick they received in this year’s draft. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), none of the three escalator triggers was satisfied. Reportedly, one of the following conditions had to come true for the pick to be a ‘3’: the ‘Skins had to make the playoffs, they had to win 9 games, or McNabb had to make the Pro Bowl. I say ‘had’, because it ain’t happenin’ this year. The truth is, it doesn’t matter much.
When the Redskins surrender their 4th-round pick to the Beagles, their 3rd-round selection will go to the New Orleans Saints as payment for Jamaal ‘My hipe still hurts like heck‘ Brown. The Saints will then send their 5th-round pick to the ‘Skins. Are you hangin’ with me on this?
The bottom line is that the Redskins, barring any further trades, will have the following draft picks next April: 1st, 2nd, 5th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. If you’re wondering what round the ‘Skins will likely make their selection in, you’ll have to wait. At this point they could draft anywhere from position 7 to position 21. Splitting the difference, I’d guess they’ll draft around the 14th slot.
So, what could the Redskins get with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft? An Offensive Tackle like Anthony Castonzo (Boston) or DeMarcus Love (Arkansas) would likely be available. A Defensive Tackle such as Drake Nevis (LSU) or Stephen Paea (Oregon State) should be on the board. If they decide to draft a Wide Receiver or Running Back, they could definitely trade back and possibly obtain another second-round pick . Or, they could target Penn State’s big ole Center – Stefen Wisniewski. He’s 6′ 3″, 308 lbs, and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.16. I’m not sure he’s first-round material.
The good news is that the first round of the upcoming draft will be all about offensive and defensive linemen, with the so-called skill position players falling into the second and third rounds. If the Redskins package their fifth-round picks, I’m sure they can obtain a late third or early fourth round selection. Regardless, they’d better draft well, because they’re likely to have just six opportunities to re-stock the oldest team in the league.