Renewed pre-draft interest in Sam Bradford has fueled some speculation that Mike Shanahan and the Redskins might attempt to trade up to acquire him. Would this be a good idea for the Redskins?
The majority of Redskins Nation would answer this question with a resounding "NOOO!" Most Redskins fans would like to either see Washington trade down from the fourth pick, or to select Russell Okung to shore up the offensive line.
Many Redskins fans doubt Bradford's value at the No. 4 pick, let alone the first pick. In order to trade up for Bradford, the Redskins would have to trade the Rams for the first pick overall. There is speculation that the Rams would like to select Bradford, as well.
There are a lot of variables that come into play if the Redskins were to choose the trade-up scenario. First, Shanahan would have to be totally focused on Bradford and convinced he could be a great player. Second, the Rams would have to be interested in trading out of the first spot. Lastly, the Redskins would have to give the Rams a package deal that would make the deal worth it.
There is little doubt that Shanahan has some interest in Bradford. Considering the fact that he once traded up in the draft to select Jay Cutler, trading up for Bradford is not out of the realm of possibility. If Shanahan believes Bradford could be a future All-Pro, he would not hesitate to pull the trigger on a deal.
The Rams would be more than willing to trade out of the #No. spot for the right compensation. What could the Redskins provide to entice them to do that?
If the Redskins traded Jason Campbell to the Rams, along with their No. 4 pick, the Rams might be willing to give up their first pick. This would allow the Rams to address their need at quarterback and still be in position at No. 4 to select one of the top defensive players on the board (Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy or Eric Berry).
In order for such a deal to take place, the Rams would also have to value Jason Campbell. It is a big unknown as to whether or not they would believe Campbell could be the long-term answer for them at quarterback. There are other packages the Redskins could put together, but one involving a quarterback would seem to make the most sense for the Rams.
Also, would Shanahan be willing to part with Campbell? He might, if he could find another veteran he liked (ex. Jake Delhomme, Jeff Garcia, Derek Anderson).
Another variable is whether or not Shanahan believes Bradford will fall to NO. 4, anyway, without a trade. Will the Rams be willing to pass on Suh/McCoy? Shanahan may be willing to sit tight and find out.
There are a lot of scenarios that could play out between now and the draft. While trading up for Bradford might seem highly unlikely, Shanahan is unpredictable. He might have a surprise in store for Redskins fans.