Redskins owner Dan Snyder has reportedly taken over the first round of the draft according to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen. Snyder and Snyder’s beloved team president Bruce Allen have both fallen in love with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Snyder taking over the draft has to be worrisome for Redskins fans as the last time he did that he traded away three total first rounders and a second for Robert Griffin III. We all know how RG3 panned out.
The Redskins have been reported to be in negotiations with teams picking inside the top five. The Redskins (Snyder and Allen) are more than willing to move up in the draft to select Haskins.
The Redskkns have already refuted the claim but NFL.com seemed to agree with some after they pointed out that Snyder will have the most power in the war room come Thursday night.
If the Redskins were to trade into the top five it would put them in prime position to take Haskins or Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. If the Cardinals were to take someone other than Kyler Murray it’s quite possible that Murray could slip down the board landing into Snyder’s arms.
As things currently stand, the Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, Raiders and Buccaneers all pick in the top five. Senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams said told reporters earlier this week that the Redskins were more than likely to trade down than trade up.
“Well, I’ve said all along, the chance of trading up is a lot slimmer than trading back,” Williams said. “I’m going to go on the record and say that’s a possibility that we won’t trade up, but there’s a great possibility we’ll trade back if that opportunity came.”
If Snyder is actually taking over the draft it doesn’t matter what Williams thinks or wants to do with the draft. Snyder and Haskins both have ties to each other as Haskins and Snyder’s son both attended the same high school.
Haskins has expressed excitement to play for the Redskins as he has ties to the DC area. Haskins also says he has a good relationship with Snyder.
“For me to be able to go back in DC, somewhere where I also grew up at, went to high school at, is definitely a lot of fun for me to be able to spend time with [Doug Williams], coach Gruden and the rest of the offensive staff,” Haskins said. “I think the Redskins are a great place to be.”