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Shanahan Open to Trading Down In Draft

Posted Apr 27, 2011

Trading down from the No. 10 pick may be the best way for the Redskins to address multiple needs in the draft. Trading up is less likely, though.


Head coach Mike Shanahan remains open to trading down when the NFL Draft’s first round kicks off on Thursday night.

The Redskins could use the 10th overall selection in the first round to acquire additional picks later in the draft. They lack third- and fourth-round selections this year.

Trading down may be the best way for the Redskins to address needs at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end and outside linebacker. Team officials may also consider drafting an offensive lineman or cornerback, too.

All it takes is one team coveting a player at No. 10 for the Redskins to swing a draft day trade.

“If [a team] comes up and all of a sudden at that 10th pick there’s someone that team wants and we can move back and pick up additional picks, then that could be a reality – especially if we’re able to get real value” Shanahan said during a pre-draft media session on Wednesday.

“For some, it could be a wide receiver or an outside linebacker. A team could feel very good about their football team, they’ve got multiple draft picks and they move up and take him. And if that happens, they say, ‘We need that one guy and that will be the difference in our football team,’ then they can make that decision very quickly.

“A lot of times, it ends up being best for both teams.”

What may not be best for the Redskins is trading up in the draft, Shanahan said.

An NFL.com report this week suggested that the Redskins were considering trading up into the top five picks of the draft to acquire a quarterback.

Given the Redskins’ lack of resources – no third- or fourth-round picks – that scenario is not very realistic, Shanahan said.

With the draft fast approaching, Redskins team officials mostly remain behind closed doors to debate and evaluate every draft scenario. They have even conducted their own internal mock drafts.

It’s likely that a trade possibility won’t come up until the Redskins are on the clock at No. 10.

Shanahan is a veteran of 26 NFL Drafts, so he knows anything can happen.

“I’ve been in situations before where we haven’t had a lot of picks, and you have the 10th pick in the draft and then all of a sudden, you get a couple phone calls and you make a decision you want to go back,” Shanahan said. “And then there are other times when you’re sitting hoping someone will call and no one calls.

"You have to have a game plan for all of those scenarios."

If no one calls, the Redskins have identified several prospects worthy of the No. 10 pick.

Given that there has been no free agency this year due to the ongoing labor situation, the choice could be the best player available.

“There are about three or four guys who could wind up there,” Shanahan said.

He added: “There are always differences of opinions [on draft prospects]. You go through these mocks drafts because you’re never really sure what’s going to happen. There could be one scenario where we say, ‘Hey, that’s our guy.’ There’s another scenario where that guy is gone and another guy is gone.

“Usually at 10, you have a pretty good idea of a few choices."

Two positions the Redskins likely won’t address in the draft are tight end and safety.

“We have a lot of depth at the tight end position and the safety position, with the addition of O.J. [Atogwe] and LaRon [Landry],” Shanahan said. “With our three tight ends who played last year, we have some depth at the tight end position. Other than that, we're pretty open. We could go in a lot of different directions.”