In 2006, the Redskins were coming off of their first playoff appearance in six years. Their lineup was nearly set except for one defensive position, outside linebacker. They did not have a first-round pick as that had been traded away for a quarterback. Their first pick in the draft did not come until later in the second round, 53rd overall. You might note that the Redskins are in a very similar situation this year. Coming off of a playoff appearance, they have one major hole in their lineup and it’s on defense. They don’t have a first-round draft pick, having traded it away for a quarterback. So far it seems that Robert Griffin III will work out better than Jason Campbell did. How did Joe Gibbs and Vinny Cerrato handle the situation back in 2006? They sent their 2007 second-round pick and their 2006 sixth-rounder to the Jets to move up from 53rd overall to 35th. With that pick they took Rocky McIntosh out of Miami. McIntosh couldn’t unseat Warrick Holdman as a rookie but he did end up starting 92 games over six seasons in Washington. At times he seemed to be ready to break out and become a Pro Bowl level player but he never did. McIntosh moved to inside linebacker when the team switched to a 3-4 defense in 2010. Perry Riley took over as the starter midway through the 2011 season and McIntosh left as a free agent after the year was over. McIntosh was a serviceable player but at what cost did he come? Let’s first look at the original draft pick, that 53rd selection in 2006. The pick wound up in the hands of the Cowboys, who took tight end Anthony Fasano, who is now with the Cowboys. Also on the board then and selected within nine picks were safety Bernard Pollard, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and cornerback Tim Jennings. (Incidentally, two current Redskins offensive linemen, Chris Chester (Ravens) and Jeremy Trueblood (Bucs), also were drafted in that 10-pick span). How about the 2007 second-rounder? That pick changed hands a few time and it wound up in the hands of the Chargers. They used it to take Eric Weddle of the Chargers, the All-Pro safety in 2011 and one of the better safeties in the game. Perhaps it would have been better to pair him with Sean Taylor at safety instead of the player they took in the first round that year, LaRon Landry. Or they could have gone with a player take a little further back like wide receiver Sidney Rice or defensive lineman LaMarr Woodley.
The opportunity cost of trading up
Real Redskins | Apr 22