Washington Redskins: Don't Let Matt Barkley Make You Panic...Yet

Sam CatronContributor IIIDecember 23, 2011

Washington Redskins: Don't Let Matt Barkley Make You Panic...Yet

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    Well—have fun at USC next year.

    As for us in Skins Nation, we're starting to sweat. With the No. 2 QB out of the 2012 NFL Draft, Robert Griffin is the only QB left behind Andrew Luck, and the Colts have all but signed Luck already.

    Since Washington won its last game, they have added themselves into the bottom half of the top ten. At one point, Washington was clearly in line for a top five draft selection with the pick of the litter. Now the hopes for getting a true franchise QB are dwindling.

    So where do the Redskins go from here?

Trade for Robert Griffin

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    Assuming the Redskins don't go on a winning streak to end the year, Washington will draft around pick number seven. Under most circumstances, a Heisman trophy winning QB is gone by pick five. This means that the Redskins must trade up.

    The likely candidates to take a QB before the Redskins are Jacksonville and Cleveland.

    Jacksonville hasn't gotten the production from Gabbert that they wanted and they now have a new flashy owner. Cleveland hasn't gotten what they fully expected from Colt McCoy, but he's better than Gabbert and is showing signs of development.

    If you hail to the Redskins, you should call Shahid Khan and tell him how good Morris Claiborne is. If the Jags don't take Griffin, Claiborne is their pick.

    Cleveland should continue with Colt McCoy and draft Quinton Coples, but stranger things have happened.

Trade for a QB

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    The Manning camp has made it very clear that Luck and Manning won't be on the same sidelines next year. Since nobody knows the status of Peyton Manning's neck at this point, it's almost a guarantee that he's going to be somewhere else next year.

    Peyton will want to play in a place where he has almost full control of an offense, a running game that will allow him to continue to have MVP type years, and an owner who will go and get Peyton any weapon under the sun.

    Man, that sure sounds like Washington.

    Daniel Snyder loves making splashes in free agency. If Washington doesn't get RG3 in the 2012 NFL Draft, they will have a contingency plan for Peyton Manning.

Get the Best Available Wide Receiver

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    If the Redskins don't get Griffin or Peyton with their first round pick, they have to get a No. 1 wide receiver.

    Given that the Rams get Justin Blackmon in the top five, Alshon Jeffery is an NFL No. 1.

    Washington's passing game is atrocious and needs significant help. Signing Santana Moss last year was the only stable passing threat of the 2011 season.

    Adding Alshon Jeffery will move Santana Moss to a much better matchup with every team's cheaper cornerback.

Solidify the Offensive Line

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    This big moose is Ben Jones.

    Jones is an interior lineman at Georgia with the ability to play center or guard in the NFL.

    Ben would be a perfect fit for the Redskins due to Lichtensteiger and Montgomery becoming free agents at the end of this year.

    The Redskins need to continue to keep the OL healthy, no matter who is the starting QB.

Add Depth to Defense

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    LaRon Landry is starting to become injury prone and Washington's defensive backs are starting to get older.

    London Fletcher is a free agent after this season. Washington's LB corps has been average to below average at times.

    Adding a DB and an LB in the third and fourth rounds is a must.