The Redskins would love one of the top four quarterbacks in this month’s NFL Draft to fall to the 13th pick, but, that has nothing to do with actually selecting that player. 

With a top QB available at 13, the Redskins would be able to trade back in the draft from a position of strength.

Bruce Allen explained during league meetings in Orlando that Washington will consider all moves during the NFL Draft, and should a player like Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield slip to 13, all of a sudden the ‘Skins would be sitting on a lottery ticket.


"Depending on where the quarterbacks start to go in this draft, there will be an opportunity to move around in this draft to make sure we get maybe extra picks," Allen said

Let’s clarify a few things:

  1. After the trade for Alex Smith, and the contract extension for Alex Smith, a first round QB doesn’t make sense for Washington. At all.
  2. It seems unlikely one of the top four QBs (Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Rosen or Mayfield) falls to 13.

The Redskins just committed to pay Alex Smith at least $70 million through at least 2020. The team won’t be adding a first round rookie to that mix.

Jay Gruden even said as much in Orlando.

The head coach explained that the Redskins looked at all their options before the team moved to acquire Smith, and Washington realized there was a slim possibility that one of the top passers would even make it to 13. 

But, should that happen, the team would absolutely leverage their 13th pick against the QB-needy teams elsewhere in the NFL. Plenty of teams would consider moving up to 13 if a top passer was available, and at a minimum, Washington would look to recoup the third-round pick they sent to Kansas City in the Smith deal in addition to swapping first round picks.

Sure, the Redskins want a quarterback at 13, but it has nothing to do with having a rookie QB on the roster.


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