Cyrus Kouandjio (71) on the line of scrimmage. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins Rumors: Cyrus Kouandjio, trading down


The Washington Redskins aren’t looking to draft a quarterback, so they are prime candidates to trade down in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. They have the 34th overall pick, which is a valuable bargaining chip given that there will be some teams interested in trading up for a quarterback or even other players. Although the Redskins have some competition in the Houston Texans, who have always shown interest in moving down out of the 33rd pick, the Redskins could be a more attractive trade partner for some teams.

Per a league source close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Redskins GM Bruce Allen is fielding calls from teams interested in drafting the likes of a quarterback or stud receiver Marqise Lee at 34, and it will be interesting to see if Allen can swing a favorable deal.

If the Redskins aren’t able to get a trade done, then it looks like drafting an offensive tackle is their best option. Morgan Moses, Joel Bitonio, and Cyrus Kouandjio are the top three options available, and Kouandjio was once a consensus first-round pick before we learned of his serious medical red flags.

Despite these red flags, it looks like the Alabama Crimson Tide OT would be the most likely pick for the team at 34, and this is something that Mark Maske of the Washington Post speculated on in an excellent piece published earlier today. Then, the NFL Network’s Albert Breer tweeted that he thinks the Redskins will take Kouandjio in the second if they don’t trade out of the pick, so it’s looking more and more like Kouandjio is a top option. The Redskins also have some interest in Stanford product Cameron Fleming, who would be a solid third-round option.


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  • Andrew Long

    As a Redskins fan, I would much rather see them take Morgan Moses or Joel Bitonio. Kouandjio’s knees scare me.