The Redskins and Justin Blackmon; what could have been

Now that the Redskins’ position in the draft queue has been solidified in the tenth slot, rumors and theories can run rampant.  Going through the motions today of checking the various sports websites that I check, I came upon an interesting piece by Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated.  He had echoed my previous thoughts  in that the Redskins would not draft a quarterback in the first round.  Even scarier was the fact that in his mock draft he had the Redskins drafting Oklahoma State University’s wide receiving phenomenon Justin Blackmon.  This had long been my hope and dream, being an OSU alumnus.  Alas, it is not to be.  Blackmon has chosen –and wisely I might add- to stay with the OSU Cowboys.

The scenario in my opinion was not too far fetched.  I had commented in my previous musings that the Shanahans are content with current quarterback Rex Grossman.  If they decide to keep him as their starter and not take a QB in the first round, the easiest way to bolster the offense would be to take a wide receiver.  A marquee WR such as Blackmon would have been exactly what the Redskins need.  This of course is ignoring problems with the offensive line.  With him or a similar WR in the number one slot, Santana Moss as the number two, and finally Chris Cooley -who I still believe is one of the best, if not the best tight end in the game- to complete the corps, I think the Redskins would have a receiving cadre that any quarterback could have success with; even Rex Grossman.

But again, Blackmon is off the market so this is all for posterity.  One thing Perloff had in his mock draft that I thought was interesting was that he had only the Carolina Panthers with the overall number one pick taking a QB.  If this were actually to be true, the Redskins would pretty much have their pick of the litter with quarterbacks, opening up the possibility of Jake Locker or Cam Newton coming to the DC metro area.  With such quarterbacks available, would it be foolish to take any position other than quarterback in the first round?  How will fans react if a QB isn’t taken?  Would failure to take a QB solidify the Shanahans as being certifiably crazy?  We will have to wait to see.  Hopefully as we get closer to the draft, the notoriously uptight Mike Shanahan will let slip his intentions, or at least a glimpse.

As a side note, I had also hoped that the Redskins would take another former OSU wide receiving phenomenon.  That WR, Dez Bryant has gone on to make an instant impact for the Dallas Cowboys.

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