Trade with the Los Angeles Chargers into the No. 13 spot. To acquire the pick, you give up this year’s first-round pick (19th), the earlier of this year’s two third-round picks (74th) and this year’s fourth-round pick (124th).
Options: Trey Lance, Justin Fields, Mac Jones (again)
If Lance is gone at nine – or if Denver holds out for more than a token addition to the deal – and if Fields manages to fall to 13, I do the deal with the Chargers.
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I think this is the most likely trade scenario. On the heels of an impressive Pro Day, Fields began having some bad press leaked about his work habits. You would think that if such reports about an Ohio State quarterback would scare off any team, that team would be Washington. The Dwayne Haskins fiasco is still a fresh wound.
But I do not see Haskins when I watch Fields, and I don’t place all that much stock in whispers about player’s work ethic that come out in the run-up to the draft, when misinformation is rampant. I have seen Fields produce for two years (unlike Haskins’ one) and I have seen him make more off-script plays under duress than I ever saw from Haskins.
And the Haskins experience to the contrary, Washington has Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Marcus Baugh in-house, each of whom should have a decent read on what kind of leader Fields is. Even if they didn’t play together, players remain plugged into their alma maters.
Because of your extra third-rounder this year, you are essentially getting Fields for the cost of one fourth-round pick. You still have a second and third to address other roster issues. I don’t see the same upside with Fields that I see with Lance, but this looks like another worthwhile gamble.