NFL Draft 2011: Washington Redskins Need to Strike Now, Take a QB
Redskins wouldn't be wise to wait until 2012
There are two experts who say Washington shouldn't hesitate.
If a quarterback is there and the Redskins can grab him, then they should do it and not wait until next year to address the position.
"To me, the answer is ‘No,’ because the biggest problem you have is, who’s going to be in the draft [next year]?" former general manager Charley Casserly told the Washington Post. "And it’s hard to predict what juniors are going to come out. And it’s hard to predict how well a player is going to play in his senior year. To me it’s too unpredictable."
"Obviously, Andrew Luck is coming out next year, but you’re going to have to bet on being 1-15 and 0-16 to get him, and that’s assuming he doesn’t have an injury. So I don’t think it’s practical to look at the draft for next year."
NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi predicts the team will be active now, and either address it with their 10th pick or trade down and acquire more picks.
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to a franchise QB. When you look at this elite-level group, you don't really have a sure-fire pick. All of them have specific flaws and questions in their games.
Go down to the next group and you get those like TCU's Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada. Both are solid players and Dalton may be the safer pick of the two. If you go with him, what does that mean for Rex Grossman? Do you keep him around and have him ready to start while you monitor Dalton's progress?
Now if the lockout were to end soon, that would change the picture entirely and you could go grab a veteran as a stop-gap between now and 2012.
To avoid it and take that gamble almost indicates weakness and shows you're truly not trying to make your team better. I'm sure Rex is a great guy, but I wouldn't go all in with him as your starter for an entire season.
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