Here's the deal. TO ME, it makes more sense to draft an offensive lineman, let him learn on the job for a year, and THEN throw a rookie QB into the fire, then to reverse that and take the QB first, let him get pummeled for a year and then take a lineman. It seems logical.
No doubt, the Skins will not improve vastly enough in 2010 to weasel their way out of the bottom 15 teams in the NFL. That means another top ten pick. Which is GREAT! That means the Skins will have a chance to pick up a true franchise QB in Ryan Mallett.
Mallett has the one unmistakable tool that neither Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen possesses. A HUUUUGE arm! Like Brett Favre or John Elway huge. And while I dig Bradford's accuracy, arm strength is something that just simply cannot be taught. Mallett has it in spades.
The Arkansas junior made a very wise decision to go back to play for Bobby Petrino for his junior year. Had he come out in 2010, he would have been probably the third or fourth best QB in the draft. Staying, and getting another year of experience in the brutal SEC should make Mallett this number one or two guy in 2011.
Mallett was a sophomore this past season, but essentially was living his freshman year 2.0 after transferring from Michigan after getting beat up in 2007. The improvements from 2007 to 2009 were remarkable. His completion percentage jumped from 43.3 to 55.8. He set a Arkansas school record with 30 touchdown passes, and limited himself to only seven interceptions, only two more than he had at Michigan in 260 less attempts.
In fact, Mallett finished second in the SEC in passer rating, behind only Tim Tebow. He also had the most passing yards and TDs in the conference.
Mallett would finally give the Skins the franchise QB they thought they were getting in Jason Campbell. Mallett could come in and assuming the Skins still have Campbell (signed to that three year deal), Mallett could sit for a year and learn the mental side of the game. Then in Campbell's last year, hopefully Mallett would play well enough to take the job over.
Now, by 2013, the Skins would have a talented 24-year old QB getting ready to start his first full season as a starter, playing behind a line anchored by Russell Okung, and whichever players the Skins inevitably decide to bring in via free agency.