NFL Draft 2011: What's the Top Priority for the Washington Redskins?
Is there something more important than wide receiver?
I don't disagree with Grant Paulsen. In fact, I like his thinking.
I just don't necessarily agree with the order. Paulsen examined the Redskins' needs in the upcoming draft and ranked them according to priority. The first one was somewhat shocking, but not really: Quarterback.
You have to assume that Mike Shanahan wants to hand-pick a passer who he can groom into a franchise signal-caller. He did it in Denver with Jay Cutler. The question is, will the guy Shanahan likes the most be available to the Redskins at No. 10 or No. 41 (if they don’t make any deals on draft day)?
"The NFL is a quarterback league," he writes. "You can’t win without a good one. Mike and Kyle Shanahan know that. But needing a field general doesn’t mean you have to reach for one now. If the Redskins do draft a passer, they’d better do so because they are convinced the guy they are getting is a future star. Not because he’s the best available quarterback when they happen to be on the clock."
"I view drafting a franchise quarterback like marriage. It’s a long term commitment. Don’t settle on a 'decent' player who you 'like a little' because they are available and because you’re lonely."
There's the catch. Can you honestly tell me that Washington has a shot at a superstar quarterback? You've got some really good ones at the top, like Blaine Gabbert, then some decent quarterbacks after that. Solid players, guys who can get the job done.
I think defensive line should be the priority for Washington. I don't care if it's defensive end, or nose tackle first.
Go with that first, then work your way down from there I say. Something tells me Andy Dalton will be long gone by the time their second round pick comes around, so Washington shouldn't do anything crazy just for the sake of things.
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