Redskins By The Numbers: 13

Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) prepares to receive a snap during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s position for 2018 NFL Draft: 13

With the loss against the New York Giants in their season closer, the Redskins drop to 7-9 for the year and rise to the 13th pick in the draft. A win would have only pushed the Redskins to the 14th pick, so it is unlikely the team tanked against the Giants for the pick.

So what should the Skins do with their pick? Trade it. The Redskins O-line is one of the worst in the league, even considering injuries. The D-line is the worst in the league. Trading their fairly high first-round pick should net at least a second and third-round pick, if not more. With these picks in hand, the Redskins can almost completely rebuild their lines, providing a core that the rest of the team can be built around.

A D-line that can stop the run on its own would allow Ryan Kerrigan the opportunity to focus on getting into the backfield and terrorizing the opposing QB. Conversely an O-line that won’t give up 41 sacks in a season would allow any QB to shine. This was the basic idea behind their last two Super Bowl teams and it has been abandoned ever since.

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