The NFL announced its full draft order on Tuesday morning and, as expected, the Redskins will arrive in Chicago with eight selections for the second straight year. Here are those picks:
- No. 21 (1st round)
- No. 53 (2nd round)
- No. 84 (3rd round)
- No. 120 (4th round)
- No. 158 (5th round)
- No. 187 (6th round, from the Saints)
- No. 232 (7th round, from the Buccaneers)
- No. 242 (7th round)
The Redskins’ sixth round pick came from the Saints in a swap of late round selections a year ago. Meanwhile, Washington’s original sixth rounder (No. 197) was shipped to the Buccaneers in the trade for Dashon Goldson.
That Goldson deal also netted the Redskins a second seventh rounder next month—the 232nd overall selection.
Last year, Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan parlayed eight picks into 10. He has the same goal in mind this year. In fact, there’s just one type of draft day deal he doesn’t envision making: anything that involves moving up.
“I’ve been very lucky to have been around some good organizations and really good mentors [and] it was never moving up, it was moving back and getting more picks,” McCloughan said at the NFL owners meetings last week.
“As it is right now,” McCloughan added, “I know we went 9-8 last year and we won the division which was great. We got in the playoffs and lost in the first round. But I’ve got to add to the core of the team and that’s how you do it—through the draft. First, second, third rounders, they’re going to be good players no matter what. … But the fourth through the seventh and the college free agents? That’s how you build the core of the team. Solid backups, possibly starters down the line, but really good special teams players. And that’s when you get things rolling, that’s when things are going the right way.”
McCloughan also credited team president Bruce Allen with getting the draft day deals done.
“With Bruce anything is possible,” he said. “He’s got some magic to him. Last year, we went in with eight and ended up with 10. We’re going in with eight this year. There’s a chance. It’s a very solid draft, and there’s going to be chances up high that you can possibly move back.”
The draft will be held April 28-30.
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