A deeper dive into Washington’s first round trade in the 2022 draft

I made my emotions well-known at the time. I beloved Washington’s trade again from the quantity 11 choose in the 2022 draft with the Saints. It was precisely what I had been clamoring for. With the Carson Wentz trade, Washington was down a 3rd round choose going into the draft, and there is cause to consider that utilized some further strain to the entrance workplace to parlay their excessive first rounder into further draft capital early on, in order to take full benefit of the draft.

Of course, at the time, we knew the phrases of the trade: Washington would surrender #11 and, in flip, would obtain #16, #98, and #120 from the New Orleans Saints. The Saints would go on to choose Ohio State WR Chris Olave at #11, and Washington would take Penn State WR Jahan Dotson at #16. Later, they might take Alabama RB Brian Robinson at #98, and would swap picks #120 and #189 for #144 and #149 with the Panthers. Those two Washington picks could be turned into QB Sam Howell and TE Cole Turner.

What we had heard rumors of, however did not firmly know at the time, was that there have been different events in buying and selling again with Washington, together with at #16, that the crew turned down.

Yesterday, the crew launched the video beneath that truly provides us a fairly wonderful glimpse into the struggle room at the time of the trade. I’ll discover a few of the “alternate universe” choices that it presents us beneath.

It seems that the first GM that Martin Mayhew truly spoke with about buying and selling again was the Packers’ GM, Brian Gutekunst. Mayhew says, “they’re going to do #53 and that is it.” Green Bay’s first choice was #22. Assuming that choose was additionally on the desk, the trade worth alternate based on the broadly used Rich Hill Trade Chart would have been the following:

(Washington, Pick 11) = 358

(GB, Pick 22) = 253

(GB, Pick 53) = 106

358 – (253+106) = 1 pt to Washington

In phrases of trade worth, it could have been onerous to get a “fairer” trade for each events. Washington, after all, finally determined to cross, taking as a substitute the trade with the Saints above, which works out as follows:

(Washington, Pick 11) = 358

(NO, Pick 16) = 305

(NO, Pick 98) = 38

(NO, Pick 120) = 26

358 – (305 + 38 + 26) = 11 pts to Washington (the equal of a excessive fifth round choose)

The New Orleans deal was clearly the higher of the two, and Washington was sensible to be affected person.

From the video, it seems that Washington had the deal locked in with the Saints not less than a couple of picks earlier than their very own. When Houston (at 15) picks Kenyon Green (G), Rivera says to Mayhew, “let’s do Dotson” virtually instantaneously. Hurney agrees emphatically.

Then a curious factor occurs, Mayhew picks up the cellphone and each Pittsburgh and the Jets are calling in, presumably to trade as much as #16. Mayhew seems to principally disregard these calls, and the video pans to Rivera making a name to Jahan Dotson to interrupt the information to him that he’ll be the Commanders first draft choose.

But what may need been? What would possibly these trades with the Steelers or Jets have appeared like. Let’s check out every one. First, we’ll study what a Pittsburgh trade may need concerned:

(Washington, Pick 16) = 305

(Pittsburgh, Pick 20) ​​= 269

(Pittsburgh, Pick 84) = 51

305 – (269 – 51) = 15 pts for Washington (the worth of a excessive fifth round choose)

This most likely would have been a greatest case situation for Washington in phrases of a trade with the Steelers. It’s completely doable that the Steelers may need wished one thing like that choose #189 as a solution to take a little bit of the edge off, however maybe they might have taken the deal above in the event that they had been determined sufficient to maneuver as much as #16. Were they seeking to take Kenny Pickett there? Who is aware of?

How about the Jets? At this level in the draft, the Jets had already made two first round picks, and their greatest choose left was #35.

(Washington, Pick 16) = 305

(Jets, Pick 35) = 170

(Jets, 2023 first round choose) = 500 to 92 (avg 150)

This is very speculative, as the Jets lacked enough 2022 draft ammunition to maneuver as much as #16 at this level, however a mix of a excessive 2022 choose and 2023 first rounder, could have been enough to garner curiosity.

It could be fascinating to know in the event that they had been shifting as much as seize the participant they finally chosen at #26 – by way of a trade with the Titans – Jermaine Johnson (DE) who slipped significantly in the first round.

It’s extremely cool to get these types of glimpses into draft struggle rooms, and I applaud the Commanders’ media crew for placing this piece collectively, and giving us a glance behind the curtains.


Which of those outcomes would you have got most well-liked?

  • 5%

    No trade again.

    (22 votes)

  • 66%

    Taking Dotson at 16.

    (293 votes)

  • 21%

    Trading once more with the Steelers

    (94 votes)

  • 5%

    Trading once more with the Jets

    (25 votes)

  • 1%

    Something else (say in feedback)

    (6 votes)

440 votes in whole

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