Redskins Saturday Spotlight: The complications of a top three pick
By Ian Cummings
The first quarter of the season has been a sobering time for the Redskins.
The Washington Redskins organization, from top to bottom, came into the 2019 season with the belief that they could compete for success, to some degree.
Now, four weeks have gone by, and the Redskins are 0-4. They’re already on their third quarterback, and each loss has seen the margin of defeat increase. The team has displayed an ineptitude on par with the tanking Miami Dolphins, and unlike the Dolphins, this collapse caught Washington entirely by surprise.
There are few ways to spin such an embarrassing stretch into a positive, but if the Redskins keep this pace, they should be able to secure a top three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, putting themselves in prime position to have maximum leverage, as well as a chance to nab a top college talent. As of now, per OddsShark, Washington has the second-highest odds to land the No. 1 pick.
The Redskins haven’t picked in the top three, without trading up, since 1994. What are the opportunities and stipulations that come with an early first-round pick?