Redskins Nation sets a course


The prevailing opinion around Redskins Nation (I hate that term, by the way. How about if we shorten it to Skins-ation? No? Forget it, we’ll go with RN for now) seems to be that the team should trade down from the Number 10 spot in the upcoming draft, recoup as many Second Round picks as possible and fill the numerous holes on both sides of the ball. NE would seem to be a perfect match (yeah, Fiddler on the Roof was on HBO this weekend, so what?), given they have six picks in the top 100, and considering their successful draft last year, may not have as many open roster spots as they do draft picks.

So why not trade with NE, giving us a later first and an additional second to work with? The only argument against trading down, in my opinion, is if the Shanahans think they have a franchise QB available at Pick 10. Who might that be, you ask? Wish I knew. It is possible, though unlikely, Gabbert drops that far; he and Newton seem to have switched places in the last couple of weeks, and I suppose he might get past Buffalo, Cinncinati, Arizona, San Fran and Tennessee.

(quickly re-reading last sentence)

Yeah. Nevermind, not going to happen. Kiper, McShay and others have even floated the idea that so many teams may need quaterbacks that some may end up reaching on one in the late first that has a second round grade (or later). Seems like there is a run on one position in most drafts; when we drafted McIntosh, we traded up to get him because of the run on linebackers. Some say we started a run on receivers a few years ago when we drafted the immortal Devin Thomas.

(Darn it. I stopped taking Ginkgo Biloba specifically to forget that draft. Sigh. Where was I?)

My take? Avoid the QBs. Yeah, I know we are stuck with less-than-Sexy-Rexy for a year, but so be it. Perhaps, the teams who commit (maybe through over-reaching) to a young QB this off season will be out of the running next draft. If that is the case, we may not need to move up as much to grab our guy, heck, with Rex as our starter, we may not have to move up at all.

It means enduring a painful, losing season. But if I have to put up with one losing season while allowing two young lines to grow up together, and allowing Bruce Allen and Shanahan to put the young pieces together through the draft, without reaching on a QB, I think I can do that.

Until the first loss anyway. Then all bets are off.

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