INDIANAPOLIS—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 19, 19 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.
Question of the day
While I’m here at the NFL Combine this week, I’m going to change it up a bit. I’m going to pose the question each morning centered around the draft and the position group that will be talking to the media on that day. You can find the daily schedule here. Up today, the quarterbacks.
Will the Redskins draft a quarterback?
The Redskins may be getting ready to hop on the quarterback carousel. Robert Griffin III is in the last year of his contract and there are strong, serious doubts that he will be the answer going forward. Kirk Cousins had his shot last year but he couldn’t protect the football well enough. He’s also under contract only through the 2015 season.
If you don’t have a quarterback, you don’t have anything, the saying goes. Will Scot McCloughan dip into the draft to see if he can get a signal caller for the future?
One issue is that this is not a great year to be doing that. There are serious questions about the consensus top two picks. Character and interception issues surround Florida State’s Jameis Winston. Nobody is sure that Oregon’s Marcus Mariota can make a successful transition from Oregon’s spread-style offense.
The question marks grow bigger from there as you go into the next tier of QB prospects. If Griffin is having a tough time transitioning from Baylor’s offense, Bryce Petty, his successor in Waco, is likely to have the same issues. UCLA’s Brett Hundley—stop me if you’ve heard this one—is not comfortable working in the pocket.
Perhaps the Redskins can find a project a bit deeper in the draft, someone like Grayson Garrett. The Colorado State product shows poise in the pocket and has great accuracy on the deep ball. He has a lot of mechanical things that he needs to work on like a slow release. Scouting reports say that he needs to process faster and make quicker decisions. Is that something he can be taught? You don’t know until you try.
McCloughan has his work cut out for him at the quarterback position. With Griffin playing as well as he was in 2012 nobody had any notion that the Redskins might be back in the market for a quarterback so soon. Even in 2013 it was easy to write off his spotty performance to issues stemming from the knee injury he suffered late in 2012.
If Griffin bounces back or Cousins can get a handle on the turnover issues, both will not be back in 2016. So even if the starting position doesn’t need to be addressed the backup spot will be. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Redskins draft a QB sometime on Saturday in the draft (rounds 4-7) and see what he can develop in to. But if they’re banking on this draft to find their QB of the future they could well be out of luck in 2015.
—It’s been 53 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 206 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 19; Redskins offseason workouts start 60; 2015 NFL Draft 70
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