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Earlier today the NFL announced the selection order for the 2016 NFL Draft and, just like last year, the Washington Redskins will go to Chicago with eight picks. Here they are:
- No. 21 (1st round)
- No. 53 (2nd round)
- No. 84 (3rd round)
- No. 120 (4th round)
- No. 158 (5th round)
- No. 187 (6th round, from the Saints)
- No. 232 (7th round, from the Buccaneers)
- No. 242 (7th round)
Last year, Washington traded it’s 2016 sixth round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for safety Dashon Goldson and Tampa’s seventh round pick in 2016. So that extra seventh round pick is from them. Washington made up for the loss of that sixth round pick in a deal with the New Orleans Saints last year, effectively replacing the one the Skins traded to Tampa. This all turns out to be a good deal for Washington because the Skins would have had the 197th selection, but they gave that to Tampa. The pick from New Orleans is the 187th selection, so Washington moved up ten spots in the sixth round — for whatever that is worth.
As I mentioned, the Skins went to Chicago with eight picks last year and wound up with ten by the time new general manager Scot McCloughan was done wheeling and dealing.
Last year, Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan parlayed eight picks into 10. Earlier this month, McCloughan said he wanted to come out of the 2016 draft with 12 picks.
“The thing is, the more you kind of swing at it, the more chances you’ve got to hit,” McCloughan said from the annual NFL Owners Meetings in Boca Raton, Florida earlier this month. “And I think last year we had a solid draft – we got some guys that came in and helped us win a division – we’re going to keep adding to it. And the more picks I can get, the more younger guys – the more healthier guys – I’m going that route.”
McCloughan’s desire for more than seven picks in the draft is driven by his belief that good NFL rosters are built through the draft, not free agency.
“I preach and preach and preach and I’ll never change: you build through the draft,” he told the Redskins website. “You identify your own – who can play, but not just from a talent standpoint, but from a personality standpoint, character standpoint, a passion standpoint, a competitive standpoint where you know, ‘This guy fits what we’re looking for. We can build on these guys.’ And they teach younger guys how to do it.”
The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Chicago.
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