The weeks and months leading up to the NFL draft are often chock full of trades and other free agent movement as teams assess their needs heading into next season. However, with the league’s collective bargaining agreement set to expire in March, uncertainty will likely make this spring dull compared to previous years. For the Washington Redskins, that could be a good thing.
Having already given up 3rd and 4th round picks in trades last off-season, the ‘Skins will have to sit tight and try to maximize value if they want to improve their roster. The team has seven picks over the three days—first, second and sixth rounders, as well as two each in the fifth and seventh rounds. Based on those spots, and assuming they don’t trade down for more picks (they ought to), who should the Redskins target come April 28th?
NOTE: Draft preparation is an inexact science and some of these prospects may or may not be available where I have them. If any of the consensus top 9 is still on the board (Fairley, Bowers, Miller, Green, Gabbert, Dareus, Peterson, Amukamara or Watt), that would certainly change the Redskins’ strategy.