2015 Redskins Draft: An Exercise In Expert Horse Trading


If any team should be good at wheeling and dealing with the fresh talent at the start of a new season, the Washington Redskins would – after all, they’ve done it for 83 years straight.

leonardskinsX LeonardSkins
RedskinsTailgate GM, Senior Staff Writer

As far as we know GM Scot McCloughan did most of the horse trading; we know little of any input by Head Coach Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen. What we do know is that we started out with 7 picks and we ended up with 10 in this year’s draft, which is just what the medicine doctor ordered.

The Seattle Seahawks were the first to fall victim to “Slick Talking Scott”, after McCloughan dangled some third round trade bait in front of Seahawks General Manager John Schneider.

The former “front office executive for the Washington Redskins” was obviously out of his league, considering that we only lost 26 spots with the No. 95 pick he exchanged for our No. 69 overall pick and the rest of the picks Scott beat him out of were all gravy.

By the time the dust settled McCloughan had swapped Schneider out of not only the Seahawks 95th pick in the third round, but also:

  • Their No. 112 overall pick in the fourth round
  • Their No. 167 overall pick in the fifth round
  • Their No. 181 overall pick in the sixth round
    And according to a source with knowledge of the situation

  • Schneider’s Tom Jones & Frank Sinatra CD collection
  • A fifth of Old Grandad
  • And Schneider’s baseball card collection
    (although the NFL won’t confirm the latter)

    It bears noting that our General Manager Scot McCloughan’s draft transaction with the New Orleans Saints was a wise investment in the future. It turned out that our position at 167th overall wasn’t critical, so he swapped that one for the Saints 187th overall pick.

    The end result was a jump start in the 2016 draft with at least one guaranteed extra pick:

  • The Saints sixth round selection in 2016

    I see 3 potential “diamonds in the rough”, as well as the gravy in the 2016 draft. I grade this draft an A+!

    1) Brandon Scherff – OT, Iowa
    Definitely one of the best Oline players in the draft, 6’5″ 325, benches 400 lbs.

    2) Preston Smith – DE, Mississippi State
    Should have been a First Round pick. 2014 season, he had 42 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown. SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week Award first three weeks of the season, Definitely help Redskins front 7, passrush.

    3) Matt Jones – RB, Florida
    6′ 2″, 231 lbs Double threat, running and can catch too.

    4) Jamison Crowder – WR, Duke
    Broke a school record with four punt returns for touchdowns. 283 receptions for 3,641 yards and 23 touchdowns. eminds me of Santana Moss. same size,fast,cut on a dime

    4) Arie Kouandjio – OG, Alabama
    SEC tough,started all 14 games, named an All-American.

    5) Martrell Spaight – OLB, Arkansas
    First Team ALL SEC honors, hard hitter.

    6) Kyshoen Jarrett – S, Virginia Tech
    2014-15: Played in all 13 games, starting 12 of them … Logged 924 plays, 854 at rover and 70 on special teams … Led the team with 88 tackles, including three for loss and half a sack … Also had three interceptions, a forced fumble and five pass breakups

    6) Tevin Mitchel – OLB, Arkansas
    Shows alot of potential, protected his corner very well vs Alabama. Had an impressive 2014 season. Fast, smart, can tackle,good hands. Could prove to be a SLEEPER.

    6) Evan Spencer – WR, Ohio State
    6’2″ 210 shows alot of potential.2014 Season: Recorded 15 catches for 149 yards and three TDs … threw a 13-yard TD pass in Sugar Bowl win over No. 1 Alabama … made a 22-yard TD catch in the win over Minnesota . 19-yard TD catch-and-run in the win over Cincinnati, amazing one-handed TD grab to beat Rutgers, recovered a crucial onside kick in the Sugar Bowl victory over No. 1 Alabama.

    7) Austin Reiter – C, South Florida
    Highly intelligent player,shows alot of potential, Im sure he will develop nicely under Bill Callaghan,OLINE coach,guru.

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