LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10: Lorenzo Alexander breaks up a pass on fourth and goal intended for Andrew Quarless #81 of the Green Bay Packers at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
After giving up the farm plus Snyder's spare kidney to land the no. 2 spot in the 2012 draft, trades that recoup picks are smart options in my mind. Even more enticing are those that recoup picks without giving away young talent. Bearing in mind that criteria, I’ll propose a less-than-thrilling trade scenario.
Lorenzo Alexander is the definition of a jack of all trades (good joke, right? not so much?). He’s played on both offensive and defensive lines as well as impressed on special teams. Most importantly, he’s proved a competent backup linebacker.
His versatility, however, can be both a strength and weakness. Alexander is talented enough to be decent in a pinch at a number of positions, but not quite good enough at any one to be a perennial contributor. As the Redskins have found more permanent answers for the front seven, his utility has waned. Case and point: LoAx has been taking reps at tight end recently.
The Vikings, meanwhile, have a veritable hole where a defense should be. They’re in desperate need of help at middle linebacker since declining to re-sign E.J. Henderson, and that’s just one of many glaring deficiencies. The presumed replacement starter, Jasper Brinkley, missed the 2011 season rehabbing a surgically repaired hip.
An all-purpose guy like Alexander would be the perfect tourniquet to stop the bleeding while the team continues the rebuilding process. To the Vikings, Alexander may be worth a 2013 third-round pick, especially because they have an extra fourth rounder from a draft-day trade with the Lions.
It’s not a groundbreaking trade suggestion by any means, but the Skins need to find value wherever they can.