“Toughness, smarts, competitiveness, team.”
Those are the four traits that Scot McCloughan said he is looking for in the players he drafts. It sounds simple but it’s not. Only some of the work is done in the film room. The rest is done talking to the players, their college coaches, weight room coaches, high school coaches, and anyone else who might give the organization a glimpse into the player’s character, work ethic, and love for the game.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, McCloughan talked a lot about Brandon Scherff, the first player he took in his first draft with the team a year ago, as being the ideal type of player he wants.
“He’s not the most flashy guy, he’s not the prettiest guy, but he’s a football player and that’s what I’m talking about with a red (chip player),” he said.
That had a lot of people thinking that he would draft a blue-collar guy who plays in the trenches. But, although he didn’t draft him, McCloughan sited wide receiver Pierre Garçon as the type of player a team can win with.
“The guy shows up every day and does his job,” he said of Garçon. “He doesn’t say much. Nobody talks about him, but he goes out on Sunday and helps us win a game.”
One aspect of the draft that McCloughan has not been reluctant to discuss is his desire to collect more picks. The Redskins have eight right now, one in each round and two in the seventh. He wants to turn those into 12 picks.
So, to make this mock draft more realistic I added trades to the mix. I pulled off three trades and ended up with 13 picks this year plus one in the 2017 draft.
Here were the trades:
—Trade back with the Panthers in the second round, giving up the 22nd pick in that round for the 31st and also getting Carolina’s fourth- and fifth-round picks.
—The Redskins’ third-round pick went to the Rams for two fourth-round picks and a sixth.
—Those deals gave me four picks in the fourth. I traded the last one (31st) to the 49ers for the third pick of Round 5 plus a return of the fifth-round pick the Redskins sent to San Francisco for tight end Derek Carrier. His future is cloudy but at least now I have the draft pick back.