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Could the Redskins be looking to move . . . up?


Could the Redskins be looking to move . . . up?

Nobody would be surprised if the Redskins traded out of their selection at No. 5 overall in the NFL draft next week. It has been widely known that they have been shopping to pick to the rest of the league.

Most scenarios focus on the Redskins trading down to get more selections. The only questions seem to be who the trading partner might be and what additional picks Scot McCloughan would have to work with after the deal.

However, trading down is not the only option. According to veteran NFL reporter Mike Freeman, some NFL personnel men believe that Washington will move up from the No. 5 spot to the second pick overall.

Before you head down to the comments and start pounding out how ridiculous this is, take a look at the possible scenario. It does not involve the Redskins ending up with quarterback Marcus Mariota except perhaps for a brief period of time.

Freeman talked to five NFL personnel men. All of them believe that Mariota, considered to be the second-best quarterback in the draft behind Jameis Winston, will end up playing for the Titans this year. But they were split over how Mariota would arrive in Nashville.

The differences in the responses came with how they thought the Titans would select Mariota. Three of the sources believed the Titans would stay at No. 2 and take him there. The other two thought the Titans would trade with Washington, which would take USC's Leonard Williams at No. 2, leaving the Titans to pick Mariota at No. 5—one spot before the quarterback-thirsty Jets.

There has been plenty of talk that the Redskins would be happy to take Williams, who visited Redskins Park on Wednesday. Many evaluators believe that he is the best player in the draft. But scenarios that put Williams in burgundy and gold have him dropping to the fifth pick, not the Redskins going up to get him.

If the Titans want to make sure they end up with Mariota they would not be able to do a straight draft pick trade with the Redskins. Although the Jaguars and Raiders, the two teams picking in between the Titans at 2 and Washington at 5, aren’t likely to pick a quarterback they could pull off a trade with someone who will snatch Mariota. So the Titans would have to take Williams, the Redskins would take Mariota (causing major tremors in the DC region) and then the trade would be executed.

While it’s easy to see why the Redskins would want Williams on their team, the price to move up would be staggering. If you go by the draft trade value chart, the Redskins would have to give up their second-round pick this year and their first-round pick in 2016 or something equivalent to that. It wouldn’t quite be the ransom they paid to move from No. 6 to No. 2 in 2012 but it still would strip them of draft picks they need to build the team.

Perhaps the Titans would be willing to let the pick go for less than sticker price. But Washington would still have to part with a premium pick. It’s hard to see McCloughan believing that the Redskins would be better with just Williams than they would be with, say, Dante Fowler Jr. and whoever they might take in the second round.

Perhaps the personnel men who said they believe such a deal would happen heard something or maybe they were just speculating. The best news of all here is that we only have six more days until we see how it plays out. 

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NFC East Update: Division race tightens as Redskins stumble, Cowboys surge

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NFC East Update: Division race tightens as Redskins stumble, Cowboys surge

When the sun came up Sunday morning, the Redskins held a two-game lead in the NFC East and looked to have a clear route to a division title. 

By the time the sun went down, a lot changed. 

Washington lost at home in a crazy game to Houston, but big picture, the more important outcome was the broken leg for Alex Smith. The Redskins now turn to backup Colt McCoy, and while the Burgundy and Gold remain in first place, their lead shrunk.

  1. Washington Redskins (6-4, 2-0) - Talk about a roller coaster game. The Redskins got down early to the Texans, trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, but fought all the way back. In the process, the team lost Smith for the season, but McCoy played well when he entered the game. A veteran in Jay Gruden's system, McCoy should be able to step in and run the offense without any hesitation. Will that be enough? What isn't being talked about in Washington: a suddenly slumping run defense. A huge game looms Thursday against Ezekiel Elliott and a surging Cowboys squad. Up next: Nov. 22 @ Dallas, 4 p.m.
  2. Dallas Cowboys (5-5, 2-1) - It seemed like the Cowboys season was over a few weeks ago after a humbling home loss on Monday Night Football to the Titans. Two weeks later, the script has flipped. Dallas won their second straight game on Sunday, holding off a late Atlanta rally and winning the game on a last-second field goal. Elliott went for 201 total yards from scrimmage and the Cowboys young defense continued to make impressive plays. Jerry Jones' team struggles on the road, but at home, the Cowboys are 3-1 this season. Up next: Nov. 22 vs Washington, 4 p.m.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6, 1-1) - Fans waiting for the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles to get it together might want to stop waiting. Philly got boat raced in New Orleans on Sunday, losing 48-7 and dropping to two games below .500. Carson Wentz threw three INTs in New Orleans and really, while the QB was bad in the Superdome, it's hard to pin the Eagles' woes on any one thing. The offense hasn't been very good, and the defense hasn't either. Sitting just two games back of the 'Skins and one behind Dallas, don't count the Eagles out yet. But don't really count them in either. Up next: Nov. 25th vs New York Giants, 1 p.m.
  4. New York Giants (3-7, 0-3) - Don't look now but the Giants might be the hottest team in the division. Or at least not the coldest team in the division. The Giants won their second game in a row on Sunday, a nail-biting 38-35 victory over Tampa. New York got out to a big lead before the Bucs crept back in it, but powered by four combined TDs between Saquon Barkley and Eli Manning, the Giants did enough. Simple arithmetic suggests the Giants are closer to a Top 5 draft pick than a playoff run, but hey, they haven't been eliminated yet. Crazy things happen in this league. Up next: Nov. 25th @ Philadelphia, 1 p.m.



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Don't expect Redskins to call Colin Kaepernick, per report

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Don't expect Redskins to call Colin Kaepernick, per report

After losing Alex Smith for the rest of the season with a broken leg, Colt McCoy will take over as the Redskins starting quarterback. 

In turn, that means the Redskins need a new backup quarterback. Washington does not have another passer on the roster or the practice squad, and with the trade deadline already passed, the 'Skins have to turn to available free agents or other practice squad players. 

There are a number of candidates available for the job, and a few names the Redskins are bringing in for workouts on Monday. 

One name that won't get called: former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. 

From Mike Florio:

Another source tells PFT that team president Bruce Allen previously has made clear within the organization his position that Kaepernick won’t be signed by Washington, ever.

Florio explained that the Redskins have not reached out to Kaepernick and will not be reaching out. 

Certainly a capable passer, Kaepernick guided the 49ers to the 2012 Super Bowl and has a career 60 percent completion rate with 72 TDs against 30 INTs in 58 career starts. 

There is more to the situation, obviously. As a political activist, Kaepernick works to bring light to racial inequality and law enforcement issues across the country, and he famously began to kneel while the national anthem was played before NFL games. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, alleging that the league is colluding against him playing due to his activism.

There are some ties to Kaepernick with the Redskins. 

To start, Kaepernick played with Smith in San Francisco, before replacing him as the starting QB in 2012. Additionally, Redskins QB coach Kevin O'Connell worked on that Niners staff. 

Regardless, per the report, don't expect Kaepernick to get considered in Washington.