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Need to Know: Will the Redskins draft a quarterback?

Feb 19, 2015, 5:21 AM EDT

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INDIANAPOLIS—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 19, 19 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

Question of the day

While I’m here at the NFL Combine this week, I’m going to change it up a bit. I’m going to pose the question each morning centered around the draft and the position group that will be talking to the media on that day. You can find the daily schedule here. Up today, the quarterbacks.

Will the Redskins draft a quarterback?

The Redskins may be getting ready to hop on the quarterback carousel. Robert Griffin III is in the last year of his contract and there are strong, serious doubts that he will be the answer going forward. Kirk Cousins had his shot last year but he couldn’t protect the football well enough. He’s also under contract only through the 2015 season.

If you don’t have a quarterback, you don’t have anything, the saying goes. Will Scot McCloughan dip into the draft to see if he can get a signal caller for the future?

One issue is that this is not a great year to be doing that. There are serious questions about the consensus top two picks. Character and interception issues surround Florida State’s Jameis Winston. Nobody is sure that Oregon’s Marcus Mariota can make a successful transition from Oregon’s spread-style offense.

The question marks grow bigger from there as you go into the next tier of QB prospects. If Griffin is having a tough time transitioning from Baylor’s offense, Bryce Petty, his successor in Waco, is likely to have the same issues. UCLA’s Brett Hundley—stop me if you’ve heard this one—is not comfortable working in the pocket.

Perhaps the Redskins can find a project a bit deeper in the draft, someone like Grayson Garrett. The Colorado State product shows poise in the pocket and has great accuracy on the deep ball. He has a lot of mechanical things that he needs to work on like a slow release. Scouting reports say that he needs to process faster and make quicker decisions. Is that something he can be taught? You don’t know until you try.

McCloughan has his work cut out for him at the quarterback position. With Griffin playing as well as he was in 2012 nobody had any notion that the Redskins might be back in the market for a quarterback so soon. Even in 2013 it was easy to write off his spotty performance to issues stemming from the knee injury he suffered late in 2012.

If Griffin bounces back or Cousins can get a handle on the turnover issues, both will not be back in 2016. So even if the starting position doesn’t need to be addressed the backup spot will be. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Redskins draft a QB sometime on Saturday in the draft (rounds 4-7) and see what he can develop in to. But if they’re banking on this draft to find their QB of the future they could well be out of luck in 2015.


—It’s been 53 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 206 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 19; Redskins offseason workouts start 60; 2015 NFL Draft 70

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  1. Stephfan - Feb 19, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    I think they will settle with griffin, I have faith

  2. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 19, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    I wouldn’t mind getting Bryan Bennett for our #3 QB after we trade Cousins or cut him and sign McCoy as the Backup

  3. Nathaniel Tolliver - Feb 19, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Yep. Have the coach say there will be an open QB competition in training camp, then exclude RG3 from the nucleus of players, then name him the starter for the season, then draft another QB….winning off the

  4. colmac69 - Feb 19, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    If things go as planned then u can xpect cousins to b away given what gruden announced yesterday (so much for having an open competition for starting qb)

    He was non commital on mccoy so quite feasible he wont be back especially if his neck injury is still a problem.

    Your left with rgiii and one would assume a free agent qb be brought in for no 2 position. So quite possible they draft a qb further down (cant imagine them drafting either top two qbs even if one or both still there at no 5)

    Maybe they go same as last yr

    I would imagine gruden announced griffith as starter after consulting the gm.

    Again things could change and in few months time all bets could b off

  5. deepball1 - Feb 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    I am thinking that the plan is to draft a QB. Do you realize that all teams have a young QB on the roster or practice squad except the Redskins. The Skins have no quarterbacks on the roster who are signed through 2016. They MUST draft a young QB and begin grooming him for next season and beyond in case Cousins and Griffin both leave. This is really a dangerous situation right now.

    • primetimehero - Feb 19, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      This. I think you cut ties on Cousins and the drama that he/Griffin unfortunately bring. Trade him for a 4th. Use that pick on a QB that will either back up Griffin for years to come or he will push Griffin and possibly be the QB of the future. Maybe a guy like Grayson or Mannion from Oregon State.

  6. goback2rfk - Feb 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    RG3 Will Remain the QB for many many years to come.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 19, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Then the Redskins will remain a failure of a franchise for many, many years to come.

      • Stephfan - Feb 19, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        Are u even a redskins fan because you constant bash the team and on by the way I’m still waiting on you to list those stats joe?

      • jayovalentine - Feb 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM

        And you will remain a fat troll with no life for many, many years to come.

  7. ET - Feb 19, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    This QB draft class is crap. I’m not convinced that even the top two won’t bust. I suppose they could grab a developmental prospect, but we’ve all seen how well the Skins have done with development in recent years.

    Why not wait until next year?

    • Joe Greene - Feb 19, 2015 at 5:26 PM

      Because they finally have a real GM, because while the top 2 QBs are overrated there are several legit prospects behind them, and because if they wait until next year they have to draft a QB and sign a FA to fill the top 2 spots while not having anyone in camp who is familiar with the offense.

      • ET - Feb 19, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        I hope you’re right. I’d love it if the Skins can develop prospects again. That’s been an inconsistent asset in the past 15-20 years.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 20, 2015 at 1:09 AM

          Yep, but that’s the hope of finally having a real GM for the first time since Snyder bought the time.

  8. mr.moneylover19 - Feb 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Kirk cousins going to Cleveland that’s why they saying rg3 the starter now then they gonna bring back colt mccoy and probably draft a QB in the late round or they probably sign another free agent QB….I think redskins are overlooking ravens backup QB I think his last name taylor he always played good when he got his chance when flacco got injured

    • mr.moneylover19 - Feb 19, 2015 at 11:09 AM

      And for ppl who dont think it still going to be a QB competition this summer they are crazy…jay gruden just saying its Robert job now but if he dont like what he see in mini camp and training camp and somebody came back and look better he will be the backup or third string ….bottleline is robert can still lose his job if he took a step back in his progress….

      • shermanp79 - Feb 19, 2015 at 1:12 PM

        I’m sure he didn’t want to say it but RG3 must of been hurt when left out on that list. I’m sure he ran to Snyder. I believe Cousins outplays him in Camp but I’m worried Gruden is forced to start him. I’m sure we start off 0 and something. The defense won’t be good enough to hold teams to 14 points.

  9. alextwrs - Feb 19, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    The same thing that Gruden said walking in the door is the same thing he is gonna say when the door hits him in the rear, “its Roberts job”.

  10. shermanp79 - Feb 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    This is a tough question. If they trade down and pick up extra selections then maybe they do. I don’t think bringing McCoy back makes much sense. Next year has to be figuring out if either guy can play. They have to ride throughout it and get a clear idea of what either can do. If RG3 doesn’t win the starting job then let Cousins play the whole year. I know Gruden wants to win but McCoy didn’t look much better than Cousins the more he played. His arm is weak and he isn’t a long term fix. After saying that I would be OK with another young QB. We are going to need another guy in 2016 even if it’s as a back-up. Both the guys won’t be here. If Cousins wins, then RG3 will be gone and the same for Cousins if RG3 wins. Both guys could also play their way out of town. Maybe finding a guy late is worth it. Even if he is only a long term back up guy. Would Sims be worth a late round pick? They will wait til next year to take a guy earlier if they need. It will stink needing to be in the right position to draft your franchise QB only 4 years after drafting one with the 2nd overall pick. They won’t be able to give up picks to move up again. As a fan it’s frustrating. Even more when a talented guy won’t listen and do everything he needs to become what he claims to be. It doesn’t seem he is willing to learn and change. Maybe he surprises us all. Imagine if they draft a guy late and he comes in and is another to play better than RG3.

  11. fwhalstead1 - Feb 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I’d pick up the kid from Old Dominion University – look him up. They should at least bring him in as an undrafted FA…Taylor Hennike is his name….Walter Payton award winner…

    • Joe Greene - Feb 20, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      Got to see him play in person a few times. Really good kid from all reports.

      Small, spread offense QB, with below average arm strength. Supremely smart for a QB, and worth a look late in the draft for sure. Could be a guy who eventually gets it once he’s had enough reps at the NFL level, kind of like a poor man’s Drew Brees.

      • Stephfan - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        You still failed to tell me why Kirk is better? Or can you not say? Don’t have the facts to back it up or are u just a joke that spats words and can’t back them up.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 20, 2015 at 11:21 PM

          There are multiple posts that anyone who can read above a 2nd grade level could recognize as evidence of Kirk being better. But, since you’re a race baiting troll who just won’t stop being brutally stupid, here’s the basic breakdown from 2014 one more time you illiterate twit:

          Kirk — 204 attempts, 61.8%, 1710 yards, 10 TD, 9 INT, 2 fumbles lost, 3.8% sacks, 8.4 YPA, 13.6 YPC
          Bob — 214 attempts, 68.7%, 1694 yards, 4 TD, 6 INT, 4 fumbles lost, 13.6% sacks, 7.9 YPA, 11.5 YPC

          Bob was better in completion% because he goes to his check downs/dump offs way too often, and INT%. Kirk was better in every other area by a mile. It’s not remotely close between the two, and Kirk actually has the basic fundamentals to play the position.

        • Stephfan - Feb 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM

          Race has nothing to do with it you sorry peace of a redskins fan. Didn’t Kirk play more games so naturally Kirk would have more. Your playing at race more than Iam. I’m just trying to see why Kirk is better and by these sats it doesn’t proof much. You are a joke that can’t say anything but negitive things. And all you do is come up with excuses. So because Robert (use his name) got a better completion % it’s cause he threw short. I’m a redskins fan that knows the truth. Those ints Kirk throws cost how many games. How many did hurt win last season or since 2012? Only 1 while Robert has won more. When he proves you wrong then you will see lol

        • acefwh - Feb 22, 2015 at 10:09 AM

          Only thing Kirk is worse at is INT’s and over coming them…he’s clearly better in this system in every other facet…that is not even debatable but those INT’s and over coming then is HUGE! Had he not turned the ball over Robert and Colt would have never played last year… Archives

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