When the Redskins traded their 2020 second-round round pick to the Indianapolis Colts in order to move back into the first round and grab Montez Sweat, there wasn't a great deal of focus on that lost pick. Washington got the defensive player it wanted and made the sacrifice needed to get it done.
Fast forward a year later, and Washington's absence in the second round is a bigger topic. While Washington got what they wanted in Sweat at the time, they no longer have a chance to grab someone at pick No. 34, which can be viewed as a late first-round selection. Head coach Ron Rivera even stated that the situation was a "burden" weeks before the draft.
Now that it is known who the Colts took, the situation may sting a little more.
With the pick that belonged to the Redskins, Indianapolis took wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. A talented and versatile option on the outside, Pittman could have been a great fit for a team that needs to upgrade the position in the draft. Some Redskins fans even cross their fingers and hoped that Pittman would somehow fall to them at No. 66.
That is not the case, and instead, the Colts grabbed him with a pick Washington gave them. Talk about irony.
Though that may cause some frustration among the burgundy and gold faithful, it's important to remember that the Redskins didn't come out of the trade empty-handed. Yes, the team didn't get a second-round selection that could have handed them a top-tier wideout, but they did get Sweat.
The pass rusher may not have had the rookie season many hoped for, but that's no reason to give up and declare the trade a bad move. Still young and adjusting to the NFL, Sweat has all the skills to wreak havoc on defense. With Chase Young now on the Redskins, his chances of success are even higher.
With the No. 34 pick in the rearview mirror, it's easy to look at Pittman and think about what could have been. Instead, the focus should remain on what the Redskins have: a talented defensive piece with the potential to make the trade seem like an absolute win in a few years.
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