The Redskins were rumored to be picking anywhere as high as number 2, possibly selecting Blaine Gabbert with that pick. Had the Redskins made that pick many analysts would bash them for doing what they had predicted.
Meanwhile, others felt that the Redskins would stay at 10 and possibly draft a stud WR like Julio Jones. As it turns out, he was taken by the Atlanta Falcons who traded up to get him.
Instead the Redskins sat back and traded by dealing their pick to Jacksonville, who needed a quarterback and selected Blaine Gabbert. Irony!
The Redskins then assumed Jacksonville’s 16th and 49th pick. So they got back one of the two picks lost last year in the trades for Donovan McNabb and Jamaal Brown.
So what does this mean? Absolutely nothing, and that is perfectly alright! For once the Redskins didn’t make a move they didn’t have to. They found more value in trading back and weren’t forced into any pick. Stud players like Nick Fairely, Blaine Gabbert, and Price Amukamara were still available at 10, but the Redskins stuck with whatever plan they had coming in. That is the biggest win the could have asked for.