There have been a lot of whispers linking the Redskins with a move up from the 10th overall pick in the first round to get themselves a quarterback.
Mike Shanahan addressed those rumors on Wednesday and threw a fair amount of cold water on them. At a pre-draft meeting with reporters, Shanahan indicated that the team’s lack of picks in the third or fourth round would make it very difficult to move up to the second pick. That’s the spot that Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com and others have reported to be the spot the Redskins are targeting so that they can pick Blaine Gabbert.
That lack of draft picks and the myriad needs on the Redskins roster naturally led to questions about the team potentially moving down as a way to secure more players to help the team. Shanahan said that he was open to that possibility.
“We’ve gone through all different scenarios that if we got the right offer could we move back two picks, five picks, 10 picks, depending on what people are willing to give up,” he said. “We go through all those scenarios.”
Now comes the time for the screaming disclaimer that it is quite possible that Shanahan isn’t telling the truth. That caveat must be attached to anything draft related at this point in time, even something that makes as much sense as the Redskins trying to exit the draft with as much talent as possible.