Kiper: Skins could still take a QB first
Mel Kiper thinks the Redskins could still take a quarterback in the first round on Thursday night. Todd McShay sort of agrees. And I feel positive that if I died tomorrow, one of the things on my list of regrets would not be "failed to listen to enough radio debates between Kiper and McShay on the Redskins' quarterbacking needs."
But since you're curious, Kiper went on Mike & Mike Wednesday morning and said that, the McNabb trade notwithstanding, he wouldn't be surprised if the Redskins leave the first round with a big-name QB prospect in the fold. He elaborated during an ESPN.com podcast with McShay.
"We've gotten this question really since McNabb was traded," Kiper said. "If you thought before they made the deal that they would take a quarterback or could take a quarterback, once they made the McNabb trade you figured they're not taking a quarterback. But McNabb's 33, and a quarterback like Sam Bradford needs a little bit of time. I think we all agree, he's not ready to step in immediately. And that would be an opportunity.
"And I think [with] Mcnabb, you could debate, well, what's the record of the Redskins gonna be over the next couple of years? Well, probably at worst 8-8. So you figure, ok, their chances of getting an elite quarterback may end after this year. They're sitting there at 4, so the debate I think in their minds is first of all do you move up and get Bradford if possible, or do you take a Trent Williams or a Russell Okung at 4 and build around McNabb?
"I mean, that's the debate, and we've talked about this a lot. I still believe firmly that St. Louis would like to get out of that first spot if they get a taker. And I think if the Redskins give 'em enough of an offer to move from 4 to 1, at least it's a possibility. Now, conventional wisdom suggests you have McNabb, you sit there at 4, you take the best offensive tackle -- be it in their minds Okung or Trent Williams -- and you move on. Remember, you don't pick again until the early 4th round. But that's I think the debate out there."
Kiper didn't mention that hundreds or possibly thousands of fans would drive Jimmy Clausen bobbleheads through their hearts if that's the way things wind up. That's a tough way to go out. But I guess that's not his concern. I figured McShay would lower the boom at this point, but he sort of didn't.
"Well, first of all, thanks for dropping that bomb, now I'm gonna have to spend 10 minutes explaining the mess you created," McShay said. "There is legitimacy to it, and I do think the Redskins want to get a young quarterback.
"The problem is, they don't pick again until, what, the 4th round? So you go 99 picks until you're up again, and then by that point obviously Clausen's off the board, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy are off the board. A very good chance that tony Pike's off the board. I mean, who's there? There's not anybody there. So I understand it from that standpoint.
"But let me play devil's advocate. What are you gonna do at offensive tackle? I think the only way they can justify that move is if you have a deal in place or feel really strongly about your potential to make a move with a Jared Gaither, let's say, from the Baltimore Ravens, who I don't want to say is up on the trading blocks but certainly there's been a lot of speculation about teams inquiring with Gaither and the Ravens feeling good about potentially moving him, having brought in Michael Oher a year ago.
"So I think that's the one way you could justify that move if you're the Redskins, because you've got to protect, you've GOT to protect your quarterback. You've got to protect Donovan McNabb. And right now your offensive line is not good enough to kick off in week 1."
Well, Kyle Shanahan would beg to disagree, sir.
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