NFL draft: Redskins trade down with Cowboys to acquire extra third round pick

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The Redskins decided to wait a little longer to make their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Washington traded the No. 34 pick to the Dallas Cowboys on Friday evening in return for picks No. 47 and No. 78. That nets the team an additional third round selection. The Redskins also still have their own third-round pick, which is No. 66, and single selections in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.  

It is the first trade under new coach Jay Gruden. Washington general manager Bruce Allen, whose team did not have a first-round choice thanks to the Robert Griffin III deal two years ago, gave his reasoning for making such a move in a Tuesday pre-draft press conference.

“Where we’re picking, and you can look at all the mock drafts that you want, I think the most mock drafts have probably the top 15 players that is all similar,” Allen said. “When you get down to our neck of the woods, there’s great variation. If we have a player that has a first-round grade that falls to us, it will make us less likely to trade out of there. We have several players who have about the same grade on them and if that’s the case, and we get the opportunity, we would move.”

 

 

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