By Chris Roling
The Washington Redskins shocked onlookers during the 2019 NFL draft by trading up and selecting Montez Sweat in the first round.
Washington’s trade partner was the Indianapolis Colts and general manager Chris Ballard, who were more than happy to take on a second-round pick in order to move down.
Ballard took over an NBC Sports column recently and explained how it went down:
Ya-Sin was one of the players we considered taking as our No. 26 pick in the first round before we got a call from the Redskins. We felt like Washington’s 2019 second-round pick and the extra second-round selection in the 2020 draft was a very good offer and would be worth the trade back with the players we still had on the board. What also helped was that our No. 34 pick, acquired from the Jets the previous year, was only eight picks away.
In other words, the Colts might have liked Sweat — but they liked the idea of another top-50 pick quite a bit more. And it turns out Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin was one of 10 or 12 blue-chip guys the Colts wanted from their board — they got him at No. 34...