Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan wants to get some more draft picks to help him rebuild a team that has won a combined seven games in the last two seasons.
“We’d love to get more picks in this draft,” McCloughan said at the team’s pre-draft press conference at Redskins Park. “We have our seven originals right now, I’d love to get 10-plus out of this thing.”
The Redskins have the fifth pick in the draft and that is the one that could yield the most in return, although trading back picks later in the draft is a possibility.
McCloughan would prefer to have teams calling him to make deals rather than calling around to try to sell the pick.
“A lot of times when they’re calling us to move up to our spot and we’re moving back, we have the leverage,” he said.
If he gets offers for a pick he will then consult his draft board and see how far the Redskins can move back and still get a good player.
“The last thing you want to do is take yourself out of a really good football player,” said McCloughan, preparing for his first draft as GM of the Redskins. “You get too cute with yourself and move back too far and all of a sudden, I’ve got 10-15 guys who I want to pinpoint, who I think can come in on the first day and start. You go too far back and you lose out on some of those guys. So you’ve got to be careful.”
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There is no strict formula for making a decision. “A lot of it is gut but we’ve done a lot of preparation for this,” he said. “Our board is almost completely set, next few afternoons with coaches it will be set.”
While McCloughan would very much like to increase his cache of draft picks he’s not going to made a deal just for the sake of making on. It has to make sense for the team.
“You’re not going to do it just to do it,” he said.