In the NFL, scheme fit can be everything, and one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. That makes for some interesting trades and valuations of players. One of the most interesting this offseason was the Washington Redskins trading away CB Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks for just a fifth-round draft pick.
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Dunbar didn’t fit well with what Washington wants to run — and he wanted out of Dodge — so the Redskins had little leverage and took what they could get for a player who had a legitimate breakout campaign in 2019.
Seattle traded in a fifth-round pick for somebody who could be a Pro-Bowl cornerback in its defense and got an answer at a problem spot all in one move.
Dunbar in 2019
Dunbar ended the 2019 regular season with an overall PFF grade of 87.6, the second-highest mark in the NFL last season. This represents a huge bump over his previous career baseline, and it was massively influenced by two phenomenal games against the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. It was also his first full season as a starter, so he had the most opportunity to grade well.
Dunbar has played five seasons of NFL football, but they also represent the first high-level years he has played cornerback at all. In college, he was a wide receiver at the University of Florida before converting to the defensive side of the ball after signing with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.