Ah, the NFL Draft. Deception. CIA Style.
When Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos selected Jay Cutler with the 11th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft they did a funny thing: They never interviewed or worked out Cutler. They were in pure espionage mode.
So before we come up with definites about who Shanny will be drafting let's remember what he did to ensure Jay Cutler would be there for him. He was in silent mode. From what I understand, he was the only one who knew he would take Cutler at #11. This prevented other teams from thinking they had to leap over the redskins to take Cutler. It almost surely saved the Broncos a 2nd round draft pick to move up.
Rumor was that the Redskins moved from #10 to #16 last year because they were confident that Christian Ponder would be there for them, after Jake Locker was gone at #8. The Viikings were in there own CIA mode when they took Ponder with #13. Was this rumor right? Did the Redskins want Ponder at #16? We may never know.
Now if Minnesota believes that RGIII will be a better quarterback than Ponder, all they have to do is put out that they will take Justin Blackmon at #3 if he is there. We all know St. Louis covets Blackmon, and that he would be the perfect big play target for Sam Bradford. A match made in heaven. The problem is that St. Louis would love to fleece a team to move up to #2 if they can be assured that Blackmon would be there. If they cannot be 100% guaranteed I think they keep pick #2 and take the big play wide receiver.
This would bring in the Redskins to make a play for Ponder. This would definitely be worked out between the Redskins and Vikings before the draft. The Vikings would hate to take RGIII and not have a home for Ponder and the pick/picks they would receive for him.
The Redskins would not offer the #6 pick in the draft. That is way too valuable, especially with 6 definite studs at the top of the draft. They could offer a 2nd and 4th rounder to Minnesota. They could possibly get away with just a 2nd rounder since the Skins pick at the top of the 2nd round.
I am not predicting it, but I think it could be an option that comes into play.