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Redskins turned down a draft day trade with the 49ers

Redskins turned down a draft day trade with the 49ers

Before the draft, Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, talked about a desire to trade for additional draft picks even though the team already had 10 selections.

"I hope we can add more [picks]," Campbell told reporters four days before the April 27 draft. "As we talked about earlier, it’s not an exact science. You’re not going to hit on all the guys. You’d like to think you can, but I mean that’s not reality, no one’s ever done that. Just increasing the odds of adding the more players, the more guys that can help us, that’s great."

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During the draft, the Redskins did get an opportunity to add some more picks in a trade with the 49ers. No, the proposed trade did not involve a certain quarterback who has been linked to San Francisco. It was a trade down scenario that 49ers GM John Lynch proposed to Washington while the Redskins were on the clock with their first-round pick.

According to Peter King of the MMQB.com, who was given access to the 49ers draft room during the draft, the 49ers wanted to move up and get the Redskins’ pick, No. 17 overall. In return, the Redskins would have gained the 49ers’ picks in the second, third, and fourth rounds.

The Redskins declined, preferring to take defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, one of the top-rated players on their board who had somehow slid down to their pick.

The deal would have left the Redskins with some interesting choices with the 34th overall pick, the second rounder they would have received from the 49ers. The Jaguars, who ended up with that pick, took offensive tackle Cam Robinson. He would have been of no interest to the Redskins, who are set at tackle. But some of the next players off the board, defensive lineman Malik McDowell, safety Budda Baker, interior offensive lineman Forrest Lamp, and running back Dalvin Cook may have been attractive to Washington.

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They also could have used some of the draft capital they got to jump back into the end of the first round to take an edge rusher, like T. J. Watt or Takkarist McKinley.

Although we don’t know how the players taken in the draft will end up playing, it certainly seems that the Redskins made the right move in staying where they were and taking Allen. It’s the quality-or-quantity question and while Campbell was right about the advantages of having more picks to increase your odds of finding productive players, Allen should have a huge impact on the Redskins’ main area of weakness.  

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.

As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington. 

That's serious stuff.

Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:

  1. Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market. 
  2. Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  3. Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold. 
  4. Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never. 

 

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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