Redskins getting quarterback Dwayne Haskins is possible, but difficult
Trade up possibilities and potential cost
If the Redskins desire to trade up for a quarterback, there will be ample opportunities to do so. Make no mistake. There are several places that the team could attempt to trade up to in order to leapfrog some other potential quarterback-needy teams.
We’re going to focus on a few different options. The first would be trading up to the No. 3 spot in a deal with the Jets. New York is lacking a second-round pick from the Sam Darnold trade last year, so they may be more than happy to trade down. That said, going down from No. 3 to No. 15 would be a big jump, and it would likely cost the Redskins a lot.
In all likelihood, the Redskins would have to give up the 15th pick, this year’s second round, and a 2020 first-round pick to move up to the No. 3 pick. If they view Haskins as a franchise quarterback, that haul could be justified. However, it would still deplete their early-round resources which would make it far more difficult for them to build around Haskins on the offensive side of the ball.
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Another trade-up option would be the No. 5 pick with the Buccaneers. The Bucs could use some offensive and defensive line help, so they may be happy to pick up some extra resources via a trade down. In turn, the Redskins would draft ahead of the Giants who may or may not be interested in Haskins.
This trade would be slightly more palatable, as the ‘Skins may not necessarily have to surrender a future first-round pick. However, if teams get into a bidding war over the pick, that could happen. And at the very least, they would have to give up the 15th pick and two second-round picks to make this deal happen.
The final trade option would be jumping over the Broncos and Bengals to draft with the No. 9 pick. The Bills are currently slated to pick there. In the event that Haskins is still on the board there, the Redskins could offer their first-round pick and a second rounder. That would likely suffice, meaning that this would be the most ideal trade-up scenario.
Still, there’s no guarantee that Haskins would be on the board there. And no matter how you look at it, Washington would have to give up a lot to get him. While that might be worth it for a player that is viewed as a franchise quarterback, it’s hard to justify giving up that much for a one-year starter, especially when you would lack the offensive weaponry around him to make him a quality passer.
And, of course, the ‘Skins would have competition for these trade-up opportunities, so the prices could get inflated even more.