Ever since the Redskins made the trade with the Rams for the second pick in the draft, Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have said very little to the media. Some members of the media did manage to catch up with Allen yesterday and he commented on the Redskins’ rationale for trading two future first-round picks and a second to move up.
“I can’t tell you who we’re going to draft three years from now in the first round, but that (quarterback) position is a critical position,” Allen said. “We think it’s a good investment for the franchise to get a quarterback.”
Allen said that he talked to representatives of both the Colts, who have the first overall pick, and the Rams during the NFL Combine last month to start the ball rolling on talks about moving up.
The Redskins had prepared themselves in advance for the possibility of being able to trade up to get a quarterback. “It’s been part of a plan for a couple years, what we wanted to do,” Allen said. “We were prepared. We had 12 draft choices in 2011. They all made the team. This year, we still have seven. We wanted to invest in that position.”
The Redskins organization and the team’s fans hope that they have invest wisely whether they end up with Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.