With less than 12 hours until the Redskins pick at No. 5 in the first round of the NFL Draft, one report has a new target emerging for Scot McCloughan. And it requires a trade.
It's no surprise the Redskins want to trade down from the No. 5 spot, McCloughan has admitted as much on numerous occasions. But Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com suggests the Redskins would target a linebacker, but not one of the names most talked about:
The goal could be to slide down far enough to get more picks but to still have a realistic shot at linebacker Bud Dupree. With Jameis Winston and Mariota most likely to be the first two players gone and only two more picks to go before Washington is on the clock, McCloughan will be able to dangle Fowler, receiver Amari Cooper, and/or defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
Reports show that the Redskins sent members of their staff to scout Dupree within the last week, curious timing for sure. Dupree, listed at 6'4" and 270 lbs., logged 7.5 sacks last season at Kentucky as a senior, and 23.5 sacks in his career. A team leader, selected as a captain in 2014, many scouts predict with better coaching and strength programs in the NFL, Dupree could become a high-end pass rusher in the NFL.
With the departure of Brian Orakpo to Tennessee via free agency, the Redskins have a hole at outside linebacker/pass rusher. While Dupree is not the elite prospect that Dante Fowler is, if the Redskins trade out of the No. 5 pick and get into the mid-teens, they would gain an additional pick while still being able to get a sack specialist prospect like Dupree. It's unlikely Dupree would last much past the middle of the first round.
Stay tuned as more reports, and possibly more false reports, continue to leak out as we get closer to the NFL Draft tonight.