Trading down could give Redskins depth they need

There have been few obstacles between the Washington Redskins and players they truly covet in recent years.

They’ll trade picks for players and picks to trade up in the draft for players they must have.

Of course, it’s already been rumored that the Redskins will be looking to trade up from their spot with the 10th pick in the draft to select – what else – a quarterback.

But here’s a new idea: Pete Prisco of CBS Sports says a league source indicates the Redskins are testing the waters to trade down in the round with the intention of drafting a quarterback, either Florida State’s Christian Ponder or TCU’s Andy Dalton.

Obviously, trading down would give the team some depth and maybe allow it to select some defensive linemen in early rounds. Currently, the Redskins hold the 10th and 41st overall picks. They lack third- and fourth-round picks and have two fifths, a sixth and three sevenths. It’s those mid-round picks that the team has missed so many times in recent years. Those are the draft picks that you build depth with and stock special teams. Trading down could give coach Mike Shanahan the kind of options he needs.

At some point, the Redskins will have to get a quarterback because there is almost no way Donovan McNabb returns and that will leave them with Rex Grossman and John Beck.

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