The draft is often celebrated as the first glimpse of the league's future in the hands of its new talented youngsters. Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan is looking even further than that, making three deft maneuvers to acquire as many 2017 draft picks by trading back in this year's draft.
After swapping the 120th overall pick for the New Orleans Saints' 152nd overall pick and a 2017 fifth-rounder, the Redskins traded their own fifth-round pick (158) to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth-rounder in next year's draft.
In the first round, the Redskins moved back from 21st to 22nd and acquired the Houston Texans' 2017 sixth-round pick in the process. As of now, Washington has nine picks in 2017. This is how they stack up:
- First round (1)
- Second round (1)
- Third round (1)
- Fourth round (2 - own, Jets)
- Fifth round (1 - Saints)
- Sixth round (2 - own, Texans)
- Seventh round (1)
Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @ByDanRoth.
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