When the Redskins trade down from the 10th to 16th pick, it seems that Shanahan was possessed by the spirit of Bill Belichick, wheeling and dealing his way through day two of the draft amassing more and more picks for the 'Skins.
The Redskins first traded the Jaguars' second-round pick (No. 49) to the Colts for their second-round pick (No. 53), fifth-round pick (No. 152) and seventh-round pick (No. 224). They then sent that second-round pick (No. 53) to the Bears for their second-round pick (No. 62) and fourth-round pick (No. 127).
From there, they sent that second-round pick (No. 62) to the Dolphins in exchange for their third-round pick (No. 79), fifth-round pick (No. 146) and seventh-round pick (No. 217).
If you're lost, let me sum it up.
The Redskins essentially traded the 10th pick in the draft for the 16th, 79th, 105th, 146th, 155th, 178th, 217th and 224th picks. That is pretty darn good value if I do say so myself. Now that that's over, let's move on.
With the Dolphins' third-round pick, the Redskins were able to snag Leonard Hankerson, a large and physical receiver from the U. Some picked Hankerson to go as early as the second round after he tore up the Senior Bowl this winter; luckily for the Redskins, he remained available all the way into the third round.
A great value at the pick, Hankerson is a good fit in the Redskins offense. Assuming that the Redskins manage to bring back Santana Moss next year, both he and Anthony Armstrong are under six-feet tall. Both are certainly burners but the Redskins need a big, physical threat. Hankerson is exactly that.
Not only do the Redskins pick up a productive, big receiver, they managed to do it while grabbing an astounding number of extra draft picks. Shanahan and Co.—well done.