The Washington Redskins receive a “D-” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up, and the Redskins actually made things worse with their draft day trade strategy.
Washington moved up 20 spots from No. 46 in the second round to No. 26 in the first to land defensive end Montez Sweat. In exchange for moving up they also sent away their 2020 second round pick. This is a huge price to pay especially because the Redskins aren’t Super Bowl contenders right now. That 2020 pick could turn out to be valuable. Over the long term I’d rather have two mid-second round picks than one in the late first because there are so many studs still available in the 40s for any GM and scouting department worth its salt.
Article 1 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution states, “Productive players on rookie contracts are the single greatest asset in the NFL behind franchise quarterbacks.” While Montez Sweat had a lot of pre-draft hype, so did CB Greedy Williams who was drafted with the No. 46 pick Washington sent away. It will be interesting to see over the long term if Sweat outperforms the combination of Williams and whoever is drafted with the second round pick the Redskins traded in order to move up. With the draft being nothing more than educated guesswork, I’d rather have two early draft picks to work with than one.
Overall the Redskins net trade rating is an abysmal -150 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, which means they gave up significantly more value than they got back in return. I obviously agree with this sentiment and I’m pretty confident time will prove me right as well.