The 2010 NFL Draft is just two days from now, and though hundreds of mock drafts litter the Internet, no one person can definitively eliminate any scenario from being possible.
The fact is, on Draft Day anything can happen. It's the day where everything finally comes out, and the true intentions of each NFL front office are plain for all to see.
Throughout the past few weeks, the news regarding Albert Haynesworth's status as a Washington Redskin has been entirely unclear. Reports would say Haynesworth is officially on the trading block, but be followed by more saying the Redskins have no intention of trading Big Albert.
The bottom line is, it's been very confusing for fans. The most recent theory is that the Washington Redskins will trade Albert Haynesworth back to his former team, the Tennessee Titans, and that this will happen on Draft Day.
Expecting a trade for Haynesworth is justified now more than ever. This offseason the Redskins have continued to add defensive linemen to their roster like it's going out of style. Maake Kemoeatu, Anthony Bryant, Kedric Golston, and Greg Peterson have all been added to the roster in addition to six other players already there, including Haynesworth.
In addition, the St. Louis Rams just traded DT Adam Carriker to the Redskins for a swap of fifth and seventh round picks. With all of this action on the 'Skins D-Line, Haynesworth is most likely out.
The issue is, I don't see how the Titans can acquire him. It's extremely unlikely that Tennessee is willing to give up their first-round pick in exchange for Haynesworth.
A second-rounder would most likely be acceptable for Washington, but Tennessee doesn't have one. This pick was traded to the New England Patriots so that the Titans could move up and select TE Jared Cook last year.
What that leaves is a third-round pick as a possibility, one which I doubt the Redskins would go for in exchange for the expensive Albert Haynesworth.
A team that does have something to bargain with is the St. Louis Rams. They're expected to go for Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick overall. I mentioned in another article that this move is passing over defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, once lauded as the most talented player in the draft this year.
If the Rams go for Bradford, they miss an opportunity to reinforce their defensive line, and Haynesworth might be the alternative solution.
Unlike the Titans, the Rams do have a second-round pick. In fact, it's the first pick in the second round, one they might be willing to part with for the right bargain.
The Washington Redskins could trade Albert Haynesworth for this pick from the Rams, and maybe throw something else in to sweeten the deal, like QB Jason Campbell. Call it an insurance policy for the Rams rookie QB gamble.
Add to the fact that the trade wheels have already been greased—just look at the Adam Carriker trade. The Redskins receive Carriker, and only swap picks in two rounds with the Rams? This could be the first move of several mutually beneficial ones for the 'Skins and Rams this year.
Whether or not the Rams choose Haynesworth, I'm confident he won't be a Redskin going into the 2010 season. When it comes to potential suitors, though, I see the Rams as a strong possibility.
We'll see tomorrow.
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