For weeks, it has been believed that new Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan would like to trade down from the fifth overall pick. At one point, it looked like the leverage could be quarterback Marcus Mariota.
With the likelihood increasing that Mariota will be wearing his new team’s hat and carrying around his new jersey by the time Washington is on the clock, McCloughan and company apparently will be selling the ability to pick someone else at No. 5.
As one league source explains it, the one guy Washington potentially would take at No. 5 is linebacker Dante Fowler, Jr. Even if Fowler slips past the first four picks, the thinking is that McCloughan wants to accumulate extra picks in the hopes of changing out more of the roster and/or acquiring depth on both lines of scrimmage.
The goal could be to slide down far enough to get more picks but to still have a realistic shot at linebacker Bud Dupree. With Jameis Winston and Mariota most likely to be the first two players gone and only two more picks to go before Washington is on the clock, McCloughan will be able to dangle Fowler, receiver Amari Cooper, and/or defensive lineman Leonard Williams.