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The Redskins should Trade Down, not Up

Bad teams seem to make the same mistakes over and over again.  One of these mistakes is becoming fixated with one or two players that they convince themselves are the last pieces to the puzzle to make them a winner.  But there is no such thing.  Because one good player doesn’t put a team over the top, it takes a collection of good players to do that.

But every year you see teams trading up in the draft, even though it’s been proven that the teams who win consistently in the NFL acquire more draft picks instead of trading them away.  And it’s rumored the Redskins will trade up,  but what they should do is acquire more picks.  The more draft picks you have, the better chance that you will hit on some.

The good teams prove that you can find really good players later in the draft if you trust your scouts, and show patience.  Bad teams are often impatient, and panic when they think the player they covet won’t be there when they make their pick.  So out of fear they trade up when if they’d just been patient, the player they wanted probably would have been there any way.

And the team who trades down ends up with more picks and more talent to work with than the team who traded up.  Because yes, they got the player they wanted, but what happens if that player gets injured for an extended amount of time?  You don’t have the services of that player, and you also lost the depth you would have had by not trading up.

The Redskins already have a shortage of draft picks, and instead of giving more of them away, they should look to acquire more.  Trading away mid to late round draft picks might not seem like a big deal to some.  But like I said we’ve seen other teams strike gold with those picks, so the Redskins shouldn’t trade them away lightly.


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