Why the Washington Football Team should trade up to No. 4

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (via The Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (via The Columbus Dispatch) /

What a Washington Football Team trade-up scenario would look like

A potential trade-up scenario to pick No. 4 would look like this:

The Atlanta Falcons swap No. 4 and No. 19 with Washington, while adding an extra second, third and seventh-round picks in 2021. They’ll also receive an extra first-round pick, as well as two second-round picks and two third-round picks in the years 2022 and 2023.

A package of this magnitude is necessary for both sides, considering where Washington is coming from in the draft order and the options that will be available at No. 4.

Washington’s arrival into the top five gives them a plethora of options at quarterback that wouldn’t be there at pick No. 19. With rumors flying that the San Francisco 49ers are interested in Alabama QB Mac Jones, Washington will have their crack at either Trey Lance or Justin Fields.

Some may ask whether or not this is the right move. Some may even get flashbacks of the woeful Robert Griffin III trade back in 2012. But nonetheless, the Washington Football Team isn’t in the state that they once were.

For the first time in quite a while, the Washington Football Team is trending in the right direction on and off the field. A QB that fits the offense ran by Scott Turner, but also has scheme versatility and gives you endless possibilities as a play-caller is exactly what Washington needs.

Luckily for them, both Trey Lance and Justin Fields fit that mold and would be a home run pick whichever route they go.

With Lance, you get a guy who has a strong command of the line of scrimmage, who called out protections, and was a true quarterback both under center and in the gun. You get a guy who has one of the strongest arms in the class, who reminds you of a Josh Allen-type of QB. He’s a fantastic athlete who throws one of the best deep balls in the class, who is comfortable under center, and can run a plethora of play-action passes with ease.

In the case of Justin Fields, you get one of the most accurate throwers of the football coming out in recent history. A phenomenal athlete with true 4.4 speed, Fields is the better scheme fit for Scott Turner’s offense while also being the more polished thrower of the football at all three levels of the field than his counterpart.

Fields has been deemed a leader and a workhorse by fellow coaches and teammates. He’d be the commander necessary that embodies the culture that Riverboat Ron has brought to the Washington Football Team.

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Nonetheless, the Washington Football Team holds the keys here. It’ll all come down to their draft board and how the draft falls come April 29. But one thing is for certain. Should they trade up to No. 4, they’ll have the most realistic shot possible at grabbing the first franchise quarterback in the team’s storied history.