Report: WFT 'Has Done Legwork' on Potential Trade Up; QB Not Seen as a Target

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 28, 2021

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The Washington Football Team is reportedly looking at scenarios to move up in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.  

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano, Washington "has done legwork" on a potential trade with teams "in or around the top 10," but it's not believed to be targeting a quarterback. 

It's not clear who Washington might be targeting if it makes a significant move in the first round. The team is slated to make its first pick at No. 19 overall and would likely have to give up significant capital in order to move up at least nine spots. 

Fowler and Graziano noted three years ago that the Buffalo Bills gave up the No. 12 pick and two future second-rounders to acquire the seventh pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to select Josh Allen.

That deal came after the Bills began the offseason by trading Cordy Glenn, the No. 21 pick and a fifth-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 12th pick. 

Since Washington is reportedly not targeting a quarterback, that seems a rich price for the franchise.

It's also possible that head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew really like a player at a different position that is a more pressing need who may not be available at No. 19. 

The Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency to replace Alex Smith as the starting quarterback. He threw for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and a 68.5 completion percentage in nine games with the Miami Dolphins last season.