2011 NFL Draft Results: Washington Redskins Are Ahead of the Quarterback Curve

Benedict E. CarterContributor IIMay 5, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Before the beginning of the 2011 NFL Draft, there was one position that was on the tip of just about every one's tongue when it came to who the Washington Redskins would draft: quarterback.

Now this is nothing new, and as the draft proved, they wouldn't be the only team pondering (no pun intended) who would be under center next season.

By the end of the third day of the draft proceedings, most were scratching their heads about the Redskins' draft approach. Why did they trade down needlessly? Why didn't they keep the tenth pick? And the ever popular: Why oh why did they not pick a quarterback?

Because of this, it seems most analysts are ready to condemn them to season-long ineptitude, following a draft where they disregarded their most dire need. Little about the draft seemed to make sense, and initially, I thought the same.

It's since occurred to me, however, that in a year, those same people who picked the bones of the Redskins' drafting team may be humming a different tune.

Consider for a moment the quarterbacks who would have been "a sure thing" heading into the 2011 NFL draft. The answer you'll find, is none. As soon as Andrew Luck decided to stay in college, the teams looking for a quarterback sighed and looked to other options.

Now consider the fact that, in all likelihood, the Redskins will acquire a top-three draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The previous draft doesn't seem so pathetic now does it?

The Redskins got quality value with Ryan Kerrigan and a potential steal in Jarvis Jenkins, despite many shouts that he was a reach. Those two should start, at least for this season, but really, they'll do little to prevent a Washington slide up the draft board for the 2012 draft.

If there was any doubt in the management's mind that the quarterback problem in Washington wasn't going to be solved through the draft, then they made an absolute correct decision in not banking on one in this draft.

If—and it's a big if—they acquire Andrew Luck or another worthy quarterback in the draft next year, we might just be saying the Redskins were the winners of this draft as well.