The question of what to do about the quarterback position will dominate the Redskins offseason. Could Washington take a signal caller on day one?
For the majority of the 2018 regular season, the Redskins appeared to be headed towards a mildly surprising NFC East title. Then Alex Smith and Colt McCoy both got injured and everything fell apart. There are serious concerns over whether or not Smith will ever be able to play at a high level again.
That means the Redskins have to address the most important position in the game during the offseason. They could choose to pursue a veteran like Nick Foles, but they’re still on the hook for Smith’s high salary. That makes the draft the more likely vehicle for Washington to find their quarterback of the future and perhaps, the present.
In this piece, we’ll walk you through a full mock draft for the Redskins. Remember they don’t currently have picks in either round four or six. Predictably, we think Jay Gruden and company are going to go for a quarterback on day one. It just isn’t the guy most people are projecting.
Round 1: Kyler Murray
Murray is getting a lot of buzz right now, but we have a sneaky suspicion Drew Lock is going to supplant him as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft as time goes along. We acknowledge that’s an unconventional opinion, but we’ve never been married to ordinary thinking.
If Lock is the first quarterback off the board, there’s a significant chance Murray could fall all the way down to No. 15 where Washington’s first selection currently resides. There’s even a chance the Redskins could move up to secure the former Oklahoma star.
Gruden has his limitations as a head coach, but he does have a solid history of putting quarterbacks in a position to succeed. Drafting a quarterback like Murray who might need a little time to develop might also help extend the coach’s tenure in Washington. Keep a close eye on how many Redskins’ scouts stalk Murray over the next several weeks.