Redskins 2019 NFL Draft Rumors: Owner Dan Snyder Has 'Taken Over' 1st Round

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 24, 2019

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 15: Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder looks on before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 26-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has reportedly "taken over the first round of the [2019 NFL draft]," a source told Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan and NBC Sports Washington on Wednesday.

Twenty-three minutes later, Paulsen relayed a conversation with Skins senior vice president of communications Tony Wyllie, who said it's "categorically false" that Snyder has assumed control of the team's first-round decisions.

The Skins hold the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and are clear candidates to obtain a franchise quarterback. Last year's starter, Alex Smith, suffered season-ending leg injuries in Week 11 that have put his 2019 season in jeopardy, and new addition Case Keenum is entering the last year of his contract.

Dianna Russini of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Skins are looking to go quarterback in the draft and have set their sights on Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins.

She also reported that Snyder and team president Bruce Allen are calling the shots:

As Paulsen tweeted, Snyder taking over first-round decisions wouldn't be unprecedented. That occurred in 2012 when the team dealt two first-rounders and two second-rounders as part of a deal to eventually pick up Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III at No. 2 overall.

The Skins could do something similar to move up and take Haskins if he's their choice.

A handful of teams may be looking to go quarterback ahead of them, including the New York Giants at No. 6 and the Denver Broncos at No. 10.

The Skins may have to jump into the top five in order to take Haskins, and Mike Garafoloof NFL Network reported on Wednesday that the Skins have "tested the waters" on moving into that stretch.

Garafolo also implied that Snyder has the most "influence" over the 'Skins draft among the team's power brokers:

The first round of the NFL draft will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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