With less than 12 hours to go until the NFL Draft, uncertainty still shrouds the Redskins drafting plan. In one scenario, you would think the Redskins address their biggest need-offensive line. Taking Russell Okung is the sure fire bet, if he is available. They take Trent Williams if Okung is gone, not a bad fall back. What if they take an Eric Berry? A monster talent, he will be a success, but do the Skins need him? What if they make moves to take…Sam Bradford?
Sam Bradford is generally considered to be the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. If I am a GM would I take him, not necessarily, but the only instance I take him is if he falls to number 4. Why so? A good system takes the best available players and makes them fit in their system. Most likely Bradford is not there at 4. If makes it past St. Louis and Detroit, I can see Tampa giving him a shot (seriously, Josh Freeman?). What I am afraid of, and absolutely do not want to see, is a deal made to go up and get him.
One of the sources said that Washington was the only team still in the mix to trade for Bradford, who has told the Rams he won’t sign a contract until after he is drafted. The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns — two teams that had interest in Bradford — are no longer making the effort to try to trade up and get him. And the gathering strength of Stan Kroenke’s Rams ownership bid may alleviate the financial concerns that have threatened the Rams’ ability or willingness to sign Bradford, meaning they might just draft him and keep him. But as of Wednesday night, even with McNabb on board, the offensive line a lingering concern and no picks in the second or third rounds, the Redskins were apparently still working on a way to come away with the draft’s biggest QB prize.
So you are going to give up your first rounder to move up, and select another quarterback, with no proven commodities in later round that are worthy of being “day one” starters? That is ridiculous, and I don’t even think the Redskins are crazy enough to make that type of trade. I understand that he is expected to be a stud quarterback, because he threw balls to regular Ricks in shorts, I get that. The mortgaging of the future is just too risky. If the Redskins make this move, I consider that a trade and not a pick, and then the Redskins would have three picks moving forward. With that said, it’s not happening. I think the buzz surrounding this team has polarized. For weeks, there was speculation that this team was cleaning house and sitting on their hands at the onset of free agency. This past month with the signing of Donovan McNabb and Willie Parker, the Redskins are now reclaiming their crazy spending ways. Well, which one is it? Level headed thinking moving forward, or splashy headline making move? There is less than 12 hours until we find out.