Redskins still interested in trading up for Gabbert?

From the department of “I know a guy who know’s a guy who knows something”:

As we approach the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft on Thursday, the scuttlebutt seems to be that the Redskins are not only still interested in drafting University of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but also remain willing to trade up within the top 10 picks of the draft to go get him.

The first news of the Redskins (potential) interest in Blaine Gabbert came via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, one of the most reputable sources around the NFL.

Rich Tandeler of CSN Washington also did an outstanding job of outlining how a trade up into the top 5 picks in the draft – with their partner being the Cincinnati Bengals, currently picking 4th overall – could actually work, according to the NFL Draft Pick Value chart.

As of right now, noted draft analysts Todd McShay & Mel Kiper have projected Gabbert would be selected 5th overall by the Arizona Cardinals. However, both of them have noted that this pick remains very fluid, as the Cardinals have done a great job in not tipping their hand regarding who they’re interested in drafting.

So here’s another scenario to consider: what if the Cardinals decide to pass on Gabbert, and address their quarterback situation via trade or free agency? They could concievably draft LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, or maybe even DE/OLB Robert Quinn of North Carolina.

That brings us to the 6th overall pick: the Cleveland Browns, now run by Grand Poo-bah of Football Operations Mike Holmgren. Holmgren is no stranger to making moves in the draft, especially when it comes to stockpiling later round or future picks.

Would they be a viable trade partner? Consider:

1. The difference between the 10th overall pick and the 6th overall pick, according to the draft pick value chart, is about 250 points, the equivalent of an early 3rd round pick. As has been much discussed: the Redskins don’t have a 3rd round pick. Conventional NFL Draft trade logic dictates that a pick in Round X this year is worth a pick in Round X-1 next year. Translation? the Redskins could give up a 2nd round pick in 2012 to make up for the cost (a 3rd round pick) it would take to move up to 6th overall.

The Browns would then get the Redskins 2012 2nd round pick, and the Redskins would still be able to keep their 2011 2nd round pick.

2. San Francisco would likely jump on the opportunity to draft Gabbert with the 7th overall pick, especially if Peterson is gone already (potentially taken by Arizona, in this scenario).

3. Cleveland could trade down to #10 and still grab a stud receiver like University of Alabama’s Julio Jones.

Of course, all of this remains speculation on top of rumors on top of conjecture with a side of innuendo, given the fact that, unless your last name is Allen or Shanahan, nobody really knows what’s going to happen come Thursday.


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