Re-grading the Washington Redskins 2016 NFL Draft

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LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 22: A Washington Redskins helmet is seen on the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants at FedExField on December 22, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

After a good draft in 2015 and an NFC East championship, the Washington Redskins were looking to take the next steps toward an NFC championship and a Super Bowl berth.

2015 was good to the Washington Redskins, and now it was time to build on that success with a superb 2016 offseason. Taking the next steps could propel the team to greater success — perhaps an NFC championship or even a Super Bowl title. The team had moved on from quarterback Robert Griffin and was now placing its hopes in Kirk Cousins at the most important position for any team. For the first time since the second coaching stint of Redskins legend Joe Gibbs, optimism and excitement seemed to be sky-high for fans of the Burgundy and Gold.

As we continue to re-grade the Redskins drafts from 2010 to 2019, our focus today shifts to the 2016 NFL Draft. After wheeling and dealing during the draft, the front office was able to lasso seven picks, including trading out of the fourth round. With that fourth-round trade, the team was able to gain an additional fifth-rounder and a 2017 fifth-round selection as well. Another trade in the fifth round sent that choice to the Jets for a 2017 fourth-rounder. Confused? Hey, let’s jump right to the 2016 re-grades!

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