The Redskins want to trade back in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Says who? Says Washington Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, that's who.
"I’m going to go on the record and say that’s a possibility that we won’t trade up, but there’s a great possibility we’ll trade back if that opportunity came," Williams said on Monday during the team's pre-draft media session.
While trading up seems unlikely, trading back could certainly happen. The Redskins have needs - quarterback, wide receiver and edge rusher stand out - but the team isn't exactly desperate at any position. In turn, more picks could help in more areas. And more picks come from trading down.
"I'm not going to sit here and say we got to get better at any position, which we know we have to get better overall as a football team," Williams said.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris explained one exact trade down scenario that could work for Washington (see above video).
The Houston Texans must add help at offensive tackle, and the consensus has most of the best tackles taken by the 18th or 20th spot. If Houston wants to get their tackle, like Florida's Jawaan Taylor for example, the Texans might need to move up. In turn, the Redskins can offer their 15th pick to Houston in exchange for the 23rd spot and an additional pick later in the draft, perhaps as high as a third.
At 23, the Redskins can get their pick of a number of need positions, like left guard, wide receiver or cornerback.
"That's where those talents match up with the value," Norris said.
That makes sense, as there isn't a wideout or guard that demands to be taken at 15, but could match the Redskins' draft board eight picks later. Maybe a guy like Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown or Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom specifically.
There's also the quarterback spot.
There are four rookie passers projected to be first round picks: Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones. It seems possible Jones would be there at 23.
Two other names to watch, particularly if a trade down scenario emerges for the Redskins.
Norris suggested the Redskins like Maryland safety Darnell Savage, and he is gaining momentum as a possible late first-round selection.
Additionally, one NFC scout told NBC Sports that he would not be shocked if West Virginia QB Will Grier sneaks into the end of the first round. Remember, first-round contracts automatically carry a team fifth-year option, an incredibly lucrative bonus considering the money some quarterbacks are making around the league.
Stay alert out there - it's almost draft day.
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