Last night was the start of the annual NFL Draft, as 31 prospects saw their dreams come true in the first round. Quite a few big storylines played out over the course of the night, including Laremy Tunsil's crazy night and a running back going top-five, but there were some lesser stories that aren't getting much talk.
One of those being the wide receiver position for the Washington Redskins after the team selected TCU receiver Josh Doctson.
After the Redskins selected wide receiver Josh Doctson in round one, there was immediate speculation about veteran receiver Pierre Garcon‘s future with the team. With star receiver DeSean Jackson and Garcon manning the top two spots on the depth chart at the position, Washington's first-round pick would be forced to take a very limited role in his first season.
From what I can tell, the Redskins would like Doctson to come in and have an immediate impact on the field. He has the potential to be a dynamic weapon in the league, and they would like to develop him into that star playmaker sooner rather than later.
Garcon is nearing 30-years-old, and isn't anywhere close to an elite playmaker at this point in his career. With a relatively young quarterback in Kirk Cousins and a newly drafted receiver with potential like Doctson's, it would make sense for the Redskins to shop Garcon to see what they could get back in a deal for the veteran.
One team that could show interest is our New England Patriots. With Tom Brady nearing the end of his career, the Patriots are trying to surround him with as much talent as possible to maximize the final years of his time in the league. While the New England receiving group isn't hurting for talent, Garcon would be an interesting piece on this team.
The team has two of the best tight ends in the league, and a nice group of quick, shifty receivers led by Julian Edelman, but they still lack an outside threat. Garcon isn't an elite deep threat, but he's a bigger guy who has proven that he can consistently be productive. He would give the team a guy to line up on the outside to create space for guys like Edelman to go to work on the inside.
Reports have indicated that Washington would still like to add more draft picks, so it isn't out of the question to see them move him today in order to get an additional selection or two.
While I wouldn't bet on the New England Patriots trading for Garcon, it's at the very least an interesting scenario to think about.