Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 7:41 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Should Redskins take a quarterback with the 10th pick in NFL Draft?

By Cindy Boren

In one corner, there's Jason Reid, who advises Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan to do anything other than taking a quarterback with the No. 10 pick in the NFL Draft. In the other corner, there's Mel Kiper, whose mock draft has the team doing just that. (And ESPN's Todd McShay sees QB as the team's primary need.)

Reid writes to Shanahan: "Drafting and 'raising' a young quarterback would be just the thing to re-energize you. It's why you were so eager to find some way to get Sam Bradford last season despite the St. Louis Rams' clear message they were not willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick.

"This likely isn't the draft where you'll find the next Bradford or John Elway. Even your people at Redskins Park believe there is much more talent on defense than offense in this draft, at least in the top 20 picks.

"So do yourself a favor, Mike: Use your top pick on a defensive player and draft a quarterback in the second round."

Kiper sees the Redskins picking, specifically, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th pick in his 2.0 mock draft.

"Gabbert might be more ready than [Cam] Newton to read defenses at the NFL level, and as a quarterback with very good accuracy, instincts and size, he could come into a franchise in Washington that might need him early. Gabbert is a guy whose stock rose a lot this year and will be under the microscope during the workout process. But what he doesn't give you is a quarterback who elicits a wide range of opinions or the boom-or-bust concerns many have with Newton and Ryan Mallett."

Gabbert is working with Terry Shea, a former offensive coordinator whose resume includes Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Matthew Stafford, Brady Quinn and Trent Green, ahead of the scouting combine that begins tomorrow in Indianapolis. According to ESPN, he's focusing on showing what he's learned in the fubball classroom and won't throw until Missouri's pro day March 17.

So you're left with stats, multiple mock drafts and videotape of Gabbert's work (Love: the footwork. Hate: the haircut.) with Shea and your searing memories of the Redskins' 2010 season as you decide whether the Redskins should take a QB with the No. 10 pick and if it should be Gabbert (see Doug Farrar's breakdown).

By Cindy Boren  | February 23, 2011; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan, Redskins  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Doug Williams criticizes NFL 'fraternity,' returns to Grambling State to coach son
Next: Marine Corps Marathon 2011 enrollment opens at noon

Comments

"Love: the footwork. Hate: the haircut" Funny, I thought the exact opposite.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 23, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Redskins are reportedly preparing to swap their first round draft pick -- 10th overall -- for a ham sandwich, bag of chips and a diet cola.

According to a team insider, "And they said there was no such thing as a free lunch in this league."

He continued, "There's no sense in paying a huge signing bonus to a prospect who may not play this season -- nor will we sign any free agents until the league has a new CBA in place."

Posted by: Vic1 | February 23, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Who doesn't enjoy a good ham sandwich? (And you're utterly wrong, Alex.) :)

Posted by: Cindy Boren | February 23, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

the foundation of a great football team is its offense an defenses line 1st q b next if its there. anything else is chasing fantasy and will NEVER amount to anything. this team has a o- line that can,t block and a d-line that can,t get to the other team q b and chasing fantasy is why this team is were they is and I see no way out of it until a REAL FOOTBALL PERSON is running the team.

Posted by: lostdogrwd1011 | February 23, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't care which position the guy plays, but that first draft pick better weigh 300+ pounds. That's where they need help; that's where help is available. Now that Luck is sitting out this draft, there is nary a QB in it who is a "sure thing."

One QB looks like any other QB when lying on his back 2.5 seconds after the snap. Any QB in the NFL will look just fine if given 4 seconds to throw the ball. That silly 1.5 seconds happens on the OLine.

The Skins won superbowls with 3 QBs who will never see the inside of the hall of fame w/o buying a ticket. They did it once with a reserve RB who gained over 200 yards. Why? They had a dominant OLine. That OLine also helps the Defense because it lets them rest while the offense sustains long drives.

STOP the fantasy ball madness of wasting pix on WRs and QBs who will never amount to anything and who don't make anyone else on the team better. If they take a Dlineman in round 1 then surely round 2 should be an OLineman. Build those lines and the rest will be easy.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 23, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't care which position the guy plays, but that first draft pick better weigh 300+ pounds. That's where they need help; that's where help is available. Now that Luck is sitting out this draft, there is nary a QB in it who is a "sure thing."

One QB looks like any other QB when lying on his back 2.5 seconds after the snap. Any QB in the NFL will look just fine if given 4 seconds to throw the ball. That silly 1.5 seconds happens on the OLine.

The Skins won superbowls with 3 QBs who will never see the inside of the hall of fame w/o buying a ticket. They did it once with a reserve RB who gained over 200 yards. Why? They had a dominant OLine. That OLine also helps the Defense because it lets them rest while the offense sustains long drives.

STOP the fantasy ball madness of wasting pix on WRs and QBs who will never amount to anything and who don't make anyone else on the team better. If they take a Dlineman in round 1 then surely round 2 should be an OLineman. Build those lines and the rest will be easy.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 23, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I and the redskins just need to hope for a lockout next season to avoid further embarrassment!!!

Posted by: deadskin | February 23, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I generally like Reid but IMO its the dumbest Redskins column I've read in a long time and dishonest to a degree.

1. If you are rebuilding why does it matter which position you take first. Go for the best player available, especially if its QB who are MUCH harder to find and take MUCH longer to develop then an OLB or NT.

I really doubt the Packers would have taken Raji over Rogers. and ironically the hype around Rogers predraft wasn't such that he was a bonafide stud. If Shanny likes lets say Gabbert at #10, draft him.

2. I can't think of a team that has won the superbowl of late without at least good QB if not franchise one?

3. Since when is our offense so hot that our needs have to be addressed on defense first where its "indefensible" to even consider doing otherwise? that just seems plain silly.

4. Where Reid is being dishonest IMO is how he characterized the offseason. And i know he knows better since he covers the team. We were without a 2nd and 3rd rounder. So with our 2nd pick of the draft we took a D player and then for our 3rd player in the draft, we made the Carriker trade so again for a D player. So the draft was actually fairly balanced between d and offense and certainly FA was.

Yeah the Packers drafted Matthews but we have Orkapo. Reid I assumes knows Orkapo is on the roster, he even wrote in some blogs about he fits the 3-4 well. the Packers like us need a 2nd pass rusher. Main difference is the Packers struck gold with Raji and we didn't with our NT free agency signings.

But its not as if Shanny ignored D in the off season as Reid implies -- and clearly he knows that but it inconveniently gets in the way of his argument so he spun in a way IMO that he knows isn't true.

Posted by: mikeskapla | February 23, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Well said mikeskapla.

Posted by: ouvan59 | February 23, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

What city, U.S. or foreign, might be cajoled into buying and moving the ever-to-be-woeful Skids from Dan "Mr. Kindness" Snyder?

Mexico City is probably the best possibility. And fans down there might be allowed to bring guns into the new stadium to keep the cartel killers at bay.

Plus the TV booth announcers would wear fashion bulletproof outfits and sport network-logo'd Glocks. Fully loaded.

Posted by: slipuvalad | February 23, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Listen, you guys who are talking about Joe Gibbs winning a superbowl with three different QB's (all better than what we have had for 20 years) have let the game pass you by. In Gibb's era, you would win the pass recieving title with 80 receptions. Now it is 115. When Gibbs came back, he did nothing. The Skins have had a decent defense (with the exception of last year) for twenty years. Where has that gotten us? The game is a passing game now and you better have a top-notch QB at the trigger. Just look at the past 15 Superbowl winners, and with the exception of Trent Dilfer, all are Hall of Fame candidates. No, today, the most important player on the team is again the QB. Furthermore, one draft choice will not fix the defense if we stick with the
3-4 alignment.

Posted by: Goodbar1 | February 25, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company