Barring any trades prior to Thursday's NFL Draft, the Redskins enter the NFL's version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" with a paltry FOUR picks. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan should plan for a relaxing New York getaway.
One pick Thursday. No picks Friday. Three on Saturday. Maybe they can catch Promises, Promises on Broadway. Enjoy a ribeye at The Strip House. Pontificate the merits of judicious spending over a beer at Flashdancers. The Big Apple will surely offer two millionaires with a billionaire's boss's money an exciting weekend.
Most teams have a few more picks. They'll have the luxury of addressing multiple needs in the draft. Maybe even take a gamble on a raw, freakishly athletic prospect in the later rounds. If it's Oakland, maybe they'll take a gamble on a raw, freakishly athletic prospect in the first round!
Come Monday, when the smoke has cleared and handsomely paid athletes have ascended to their new cities, smiled at the obligatory press conference, and undoubtedly enjoyed the perks of "young money" (much to Roger Goodell's dismay), teams will bombard the free agent market to fill-in-the-gaps and round out a team where the draft didn't.
This is when the slick haired, slick tongued sharks, err, agents in tailored Ermenegildo Zegna suits make their money. This is when their Ivy league Juris Doctor Degrees are worth their weight in gold.
The free agent market will heat up following the draft. The only value will be made in trades when teams are hard pressed to jettison forgone players with little or no value to said team in the upcoming season. Agents will smell blood....or at least desperation.
This is why the Redskins should sign much needed free agents now, before teams shake the draft hangover and realize they're still a player or players short. In the essence of John Paulson and his golden egg Goldman Sachs being charged with fraud by the SEC (not the athletic conference), the Redskins should "BUY LOW!"
The following five free agents are players the Redskins can sign to a bargain contract before the draft. Post-draft, their value and popularity has the potential to rise. Also, with so few picks, the Redskins can benefit themselves by signing these players prior to the draft and securing themselves to drafting players in positions where there is little depth and/or youth.