Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan made a difficult decision on Wednesday morning, and announced that journeyman John Beck would replace Rex Grossman as the starting quarterback in Week 7. The change came after a 20-13 loss to the Eagles last Sunday, to which Grossman contributed four interceptions in three quarters of play.
It is hard to blame Shanahan for hesitating to choose between such unappealing options. Grossman’s body of work in Chicago speaks for itself, and Beck has zero wins in four career starts.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Grossman and Beck at the moment, it is clear that neither will be Redskins' long-term signal caller.
The window is closing for Shanahan to find his quarterback, however. Since the trade deadline has now passed, he will likely choose from the talented crop of quarterbacks that may be available in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Prospects will see their draft stocks rise and fall between now and next April, and it is too early to know what position the Redskins will draft in. Given the importance of finding a quarterback, however, it is reasonable to think that Shanahan will take a top prospect.
So while everyone debates who should start against Carolina, it seems logical to examine the team from a more long-term perspective.
These are brief profiles for seven of the top quarterback prospects in the country, paying particular attention to how well they would fit with the Redskins. Each one has a chance to land in Washington in next year's draft, and one of them could be wearing burgundy and gold for several years to come.