We all know the Washington Redskins don’t have a first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft due to the 2012 trade with the St. Louis Rams for Robert Griffin III. But one advantage they do have is that they have the number two pick in the second round. And if they play things with patience and savvy, they may be able to trade that pick for even more.
With a record 98 underclassmen entering this years draft, that makes it one of the deepest drafts in memory. The more draft picks a team has, the better chance that they’ll hit on some of those picks. The Redskins have many needs to address, and they won’t be able to take care of all of them through free agency.
Odds are there will be some coveted players that will slide out of the first round, and teams will be looking to move up to the top of the second round. If the Redskins play their cards right, they could still end up with a fairly decent second round pick, and then acquire even more picks to help address the many needs they have.
This Redskins have needs at wide receiver, defensive line, offensive line, inside linebacker, and in the secondary. Pretty much every where. If they can load up on a few more high round picks, along with what they sign in free agency then should be able to have to depth to get back into competing for the NFC East title.
And the Redskins don’t want to splurge and over spend too much into free agency. They’ve tried that in the past and the results haven’t been very successful. The great thing about the draft is it allows to you add good inexpensive talent to your team. And rookies typically are much hungrier to prove themselves than over paid veterans.
So if the Redskins have a chance to trade down, and they get offered a good deal then they should take it. Possibly throw in Kirk Cousins to sweeten the deal as well. One of the draft picks they might gain could be used to draft Cousins replacement. Hopefully general manager Bruce Allen and his personnel department will be open and willing to pull the trigger on a trade if the right one comes along.