Thursday, April 28, 2011, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY. “In the first round of the draft, at number ten, the Washington Redskins select Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama.” And with that, the Redskins begin another night of surprising, or puzzling –depending on how you view it- draft picks. A mere few weeks away and I stand firm on what I have said since the end of the past season. The Redskins will take a WR in the first round. The only difference now is that it won’t be Justin Blackmon, who both answered and dashed my dreams by remaining at Oklahoma State. Instead it will be Jones, who weighs in at 6’4” 220 lbs and runs a 4.39 forty.
The choice is not all too surprising. Santana Moss is headed to free agency. That effectively makes Anthony Armstrong the Redskins’ number one receiver. Moss was at best a second tier receiver while Armstrong probably wouldn’t start on a championship team. This would naturally lead one to believe that taking a WR would be the best option for the Skins in the first round. Like I stated before, and all along, I personally think that the Redskins will indeed take a WR. I don’t necessarily agree that it is the right thing to do.
The Redskins have many glaring holes throughout their lineup. The offensive line is weak and the defense needs bolstering as well. But until we have a modicum of an idea of what is going on at the quarter back position, all bets are off. At QB, the Redskins have two options. Start Donovan McNabb, or start Rex Grossman and lose. Grossman, in my opinion, cannot make the Skins a playoff contending team. If the Redskins don’t plan on starting McNabb, I pray that I am wrong about the WR pick and the Skins go for Jake Locker. Cam Newton, of course will not be available to pick, which leaves Locker as the next best choice for QB.
Look for draft night to give a very good indication of what will happen with the Redskins offense in the coming year. If the Skins do in fact take a WR in the first round, be resigned to the fact that Rex Grossman will probably start. If the Skins take Jake Locker, McNabb is gone for sure, and unfortunately, Grossman may still wind up starting. In fact, regardless of what happens, Grossman will probably start. The difference is just whether or not McNabb is still on the roster. With the way the season ended last year, I just don’t have warm fuzzies about the QB situation this year, and with hopes that McNabb will start. Either way, keeping to tradition, the Redskins will more thank likely surprise even close insiders with their draft picks. Let’s just hope they are not underwhelming as usual. Somewhere in Hawaii, Colt Brennan is shaking his head either in agreement or in dissapointment.