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Ryan Kerrigan was selected in 2011 after a trade down in the first round.
With no first-round pick and only six selections overall, Allen has to consider trading down at some point. It has, after all, worked well for this team in the recent past.
Allen was part of the group that opted to trade down in 2011 to select Ryan Kerrigan. Not only did that move net the Redskins Kerrigan, it also earned them another second-round pick.
But as Fanspeak.com writer Steve Shoup noted, the trading didn't stop there:
The Redskins used the 16th pick on OLB Ryan Kerrigan and in a series of trades turned that mid-2nd round pick into WR Leonard Hankerson, RB Roy Helu, WR Aldrick Robinson, G Maurice Hurt* (note: The Redskins used one of their own picks in the deal to move up and get Helu, but the other two picks came from the trading back process, the easiest way to look at it is the Redskins began the draft with a 1st, 2nd, two 5th's, a 6th and three 7th's, they ended draft weekend with a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd, a 4th, two 5th's, tw0 6th's and 4 7th's).
If there is no player who truly revs the engines at No. 34, then Allen can dangle the pick as bait for extra selections. One team he might be able to tempt are the San Francisco 49ers.
Rotoworld writer Evan Silva quotes ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen suggesting the 49ers will be "very aggressive" in this draft. That aggression could lead them to covet the 34th overall pick.
San Francisco owns a whopping 12 picks, including three selections in both the third and seventh rounds. They might part with as many as three if it means the chance to select a borderline first-round talent.
That would give Allen an extra bargaining chip, as well as boost the numbers he and Gruden can add to a rebuilding roster next month.