Redskins Saturday Spotlight: The complications of a top three pick
By Ian Cummings
Drafting to build, not to win
Whatever the Redskins do, whether it’s picking the best available player in the top three, or trading back to accumulate assets, they need to understand that they’re not drafting to win right away. They’re drafting to build a winner the right way, and with that process, they must be patient.
Bruce Allen’s belief that the team was “close” in January of 2019 is the reason they’re currently tanking against their will, and battling a Dolphins team that’s actually trying to lose for the No. 1 overall pick. The Redskins are very far away from competing right now, but they can catalyze a quick rebuild by using their positioning to their advantage in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But herein lies the reason why many teams end up picking early for years on end. It’s not just the possession of the early pick that matters. It’s how you use it. There are endless horror stories available to reference the negligence some teams carry with them into the top of the NFL Draft. The last time the Redskins picked in the top three without making a trade, they selected Heath Shuler. Success is by no means a given.
But by inadvertently tanking the 2019 season, the Redskins are putting themselves in a position to springboard off into a new era. Will they be able to take advantage of the complications that come with possessing a sought-after early first-round pick? All they have to do is keep losing, and they’ll get to answer that soon enough.