Analyzing Scot McCloughan's draft trades

New Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan was able to add extra draft picks when he was in charge with San Francisco. In some cases it was through his strategy with free agency -- the 49ers often lost more than they signed. During his five drafts they added eight compensatory picks.

But he also acquired more picks via trades. What he didn’t do was trade a top-10 pick on draft day -- the only time he lost a high pick was because of a trade the previous draft. The trade was made after a 7-9 season, so they viewed themselves on the way up -- only to fall to 5-11 after the deal.

Here’s a look at his trades involving draft picks:


The 49ers added three extra selections via compensatory picks. But they made one notable trade during this draft, sending their fourth- and sixth-round picks to Philadelphia to move up eight picks to 94 overall. They selected tackle Adam Snyder, a mediocre player who probably was best as a guard.


They had one compensatory pick in the seventh round. They made some moves before the draft, sending quarterback Tim Rattay to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick, which they used to select defensive back Marcus Hudson. They also sent Brandon Lloyd to the Redskins in exchange for a third-round pick (receiver Brandon Williams, who lasted just two seasons with the 49ers) and a fourth-rounder in 2007. They also sent Denver a second- and third-round pick to obtain the 22nd overall choice, which they used on defensive end Manny Lawson, who was a full-time starter in five years with San Francisco.

Finally, they traded two seventh-round choices to Jacksonville for a sixth-round choice, which they used on defensive end Melvin Oliver.


They added compensatory picks in the third and fourth rounds for free agents lost. Then came a lot of dealing. Remember, they had an extra fourth-rounder from the Lloyd trade the previous year and drafted defensive end Jay Moore, who never played a down in the NFL. They added quarterback Trent Dilfer in a trade with Cleveland for quarterback Ken Dorsey and a seventh-round pick. But the big move came in the first round when they sent a fourth-round choice plus a 2008 first-rounder to New England for the 28th overall pick. They selected left tackle Joe Staley, who has made four Pro Bowls. But that 2008 pick turned out to be the seventh overall.

During the previous training camp, they had traded running back Kevan Barlow to the New York Jets for a conditional fourth-round choice, which they then sent to Seattle for veteran receiver Darrell Jackson. He played one year in San Francisco, catching 46 passes.

Another key move: They sent a second-round pick to Indianapolis in exchange for a fourth-rounder and 2008 first-rounder, which turned out to be the 29th pick. They chose wisely in the fourth round (future Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson) but not in the first (future bust Kentwan Balmer).


The 49ers had lost their first selection, the seventh overall, in a trade the previous spring. They forfeited their fifth-round pick and swapped their third-round choice with Chicago for violating the NFL’s Anti-Tampering Policy.


They received compensatory picks in the fifth and seventh rounds for free agents lost the previous year. They did make one big move that helped them greatly in 2010. They received a 2010 first-round pick from Carolina in exchange for a second- and fourth-round pick in 2009. The 49ers, with McCloughan no longer with the team, turned that first-rounder into guard Mike Iupati, a three-time Pro Bowler. By the way, the Panthers used that second-rounder to select Everette Brown, who was with Washington for part of this past season.