NEW YORK — The Redskins entered the 2011 NFL Draft with two picks in the first four rounds. After four trades — three on Day 2 of the draft — in which they accumulated six picks, Washington could end up with four starters from the first four rounds.
The Redskins nearly traded out of the second round entirely, but now they’re loaded in the mid-rounds with five picks in Rounds 4 and 5 alone and 10 selections overall. They needed both quantity and quality, and with sufficient depth at wide receiver and running back — two positions of need — the Redskins suddenly have plenty of options. They already filled one need by landing Miami WR Leonard Hankerson in the third round.
Washington’s newfound strategy runs counter to its philosophy since owner Daniel Snyder took over the team, which was trading future picks to move up for players or in trades to acquire veterans. But after coach Mike Shanahan admitted the roster had insufficient depth at every position other than tight end and safety, it all makes sense.
The Redskins still face a desperate situation along the offensive line, which needs to be addressed, not to mention they still need a quarterback. But the days of trying for a quick fix might be over as Washington goes about a more traditional means of team building.