The Redskins hold the sixth overall pick in the April 28-29 NFL Draft--and the team could parlay that pick into multiple selections should a trade present itself in the next two months.
Head coach Joe Gibbs told reporters on Friday that the Redskins will consider trading down in the draft to acquire more picks in later rounds. Washington does not have selections in the second, third and fourth rounds of the draft.
"It depends on how far [down] you go," Gibbs said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "There is a lot involved because there could be a lot of picks. It shows a real importance that we have to be prepared all the way down [the draft board] so you can decide the value."
Of course, the Redskins are just as likely to keep the sixth overall pick and select one of the elite players in the draft.
At No. 6, the team could obtain the top-rated player at one of several positions.
Heading into the offseason, it appears that defensive line and cornerback are among the Redskins' top needs.
Defensive end Jamaal Anderson of Arkansas, defensive tackle Alan Branch of Michigan and cornerback Leon Hall of Michigan are the top draft prospects at those positions.
"I do think at [No. 6] there are some real interesting players there," he said. "Everybody has highlighted some people we would be trying to get. You have to be prepared, but I think the reality would normally tell you that we are going to end up picking."
Gibbs leads a contingent of Redskins team officials, including vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and director of college scouting Scott Campbell, in evaluating prospects at the combine.
"Part of the process starts here with each player, and I think it is important to get a chance to see him and visit with him," Gibbs said. "At six, you try to pick a player, regardless of what position he plays, who can make a real impact. You want somebody who is going to be around and go to Pro Bowls for you."
In recent years, the Redskins have been aggressive in the draft, whether they are trading up, trading down or using picks to acquire players.
Last year, the Redskins traded its 2007 second-round choice to the New York Jets to move up in the 2006 draft to select linebacker Rocky McIntosh.
The Redskins traded their 2007 third-round pick to Denver for running back T.J. Duckett and their 2007 fourth-round pick to San Francisco for wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.