•No. 1 overall (2023)
•No. 6 overall (2023)
•No. 38 overall (2023)
•No. 97 overall (2023)
•Future first-round pick (2024)
•Future second-round pick (2024)
•Future first-round pick (2025)
The new ownership group in D.C. moves Heaven and Earth to position itself with a chance at USC quarterback Caleb Williams. The franchise has already been bitten in the butt with a similar trade-up for Robert Griffin III in 2012. But that shouldn’t dissuade them from trying again.
The price tag is astronomical, as it should be for a player of Williams’ talent. Remember, the 49ers traded three first-round picks to jump up the draft order for the third quarterback off the board in 2021. It will cost that much at minimum, with the likelihood of multiple Day 2 picks being needed to sweeten the pot.
It is a risky dice roll for both sides. The Commanders have to be right about Williams being a franchise-changing signal-caller. The Cardinals must be right about Kyler Murray rebounding and maintaining his health going forward. But for Arizona, all of those premium draft picks give them a nice safety blanket, regardless.