The adage that there is no offseason in the NFL was never more clearly demonstrated than it was yesterday. On a day with a full slate of hockey and basketball playoffs were added to a normal schedule of baseball games, the NFL still managed to grab some big headlines.
In the afternoon the Eagles announced that they had pulled off a blockbuster deal to move up from the eighth overall pick in the draft next week to the No. 2 slot. The Eagles presumably will take quarterback Carson Wentz with that pick.
The trade was with the Browns, who weren’t excited enough about Wentz to pull trigger on him with the second pick. But they are still in need of a quarterback, with Robert Griffin III still a question mark after his struggles since earning rookie of the year honors in 2012 and Josh McCown turning 37 before training camp starts. But there doesn’t appear to be a quarterback worthy of No. 8 pick.
This is where the Redskins could come into play. Scot McCloughan has the “For Sale” sign on everyone one of his eight draft picks including the first-round pick. If the Browns call and want to move back up into the first round to take a quarterback like Paxton Lynch of Memphis or Connor Cook of Michigan state, McCloughan will listen.
In fact, it just so happens that a trade is there to be made if both sides want it. According to the draft trade chart the Redskins’ top pick (800 points) is worth about what the Browns second- (No. 32, 590 points) and third-round (No. 65, 265 points) picks are. The Redskins might have to send back a fifth round pick to even it out. But such a deal would give the Redskins four picks in the top 100 giving them a chance to either grab some top young talent or chips for more trades and a chance to accumulate more picks.
The other NFL headline on Wednesday was the Panthers’ decision to rescind the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman. That makes Norman, who first a first-team All-Pro last year, a free agent. And it leaves the Panthers with Bene Benwikere and Teddy Williams as their starting cornerbacks.
There likely will be some interesting cornerback prospects on the board when the Redskins are on the clock at No. 21. But players like Eli Apple, Mackensie Alexander, and William Jackson III could be gone by the time the Panthers pick at No. 31.
The Panthers could send their third- and fourth-round picks to the Redskins to move up from No. 31 to No. 21. Such a deal would be a little tilted towards Carolina on the trade chart (Redskins would be sending 800 points, getting back 771) but McCloughan might like the extra picks enough to pull the trigger.