Patriots Potential Trade Partner: Redskins

NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Washington Redskins want to move up in the draft to select a quarterback. Their main focus at this point seems to be trying to land Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, which may mean trying to trade up as high as the #2 overall pick currently held by the Denver Broncos. However, they lack the ammunition in this draft to move up that high. They could potentially trade future picks to move up, but that would place them in the same situation in future drafts that they are facing in this draft: a lack of high picks. It’s possible that Gabbert could fall to them at #10. If that doesn’t happen, they also have Washington QB Jake Locker highly rated. That’s where the Patriots come in.

The Patriots hold two picks in the first round, numbers 17 and 28. The most likely spot the Redskins would look to trade up to is #28, which is the area Locker is expected to be selected. The Redskins could package their second-round pick with a future pick to move up to 28 and select Locker. The Patriots will certainly be following how far Locker slips, because if he slips to them, they’ll certainly receive calls from several teams.

Another element to consider here is Monday’s report about the Patriots considering moving up in the draft. If Gabbert does not fall to them, the Redskins may be looking to move back, making them ideal trade partners for the Pats. In this scenario, The Pats would likely give up their 17th overall pick, which would virtually guarantee that the Redskins would land Jake Locker. It also would likely cost the Pats one of their second-round picks to move up to #10, which the Patriots could then recoup by trading out of the 28th spot with a team looking to land one of the other available quarterbacks.

The dynamics are coming together to make this draft, well, dynamic!

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