Luckily for Redskins fans the playoffs can’t affect the teams draft status come April. As many of you know, right now the Redskins sit at pick number six. Usually the sixth pick is regarded as a very nice position to be in, but not when your top prospects at quarterback are likely to be gone by pick number three.
Here is the 2012 NFL Draft order (top 10):
- Indianapolis Colts
- St. Louis Rams
- Minnesota Vikings
- Cleveland Browns
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Washington Redskins
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carolina Panthers/Miami Dolphins [coin flip decides 8/9]
- Carolina Panthers/Miami Dolphins
- Buffalo Bills
In all likelihood the Indianapolis Colts will select Andrew Luck number one overall. The St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings sitting at picks two and three both have quarterbacks that are either “franchise caliber” or too young to be outcast for a brand new quarterback in RG3. The Redskins would most likely have to trade into one of these positions to select Robert Griffin III. Washington may have been set to get Griffin had they owned the fourth pick, or even possibly the fifth. The wildcards on draft day look to be the Buccaneers and the Browns. Both teams have quarterbacks with potential, but that are coming off of mediocre or worse seasons. Here is how the Bucs and Browns QB situations look as of now.
Buccaneers: Josh Freeman – 6’6″ 245 lbs. 2011 stats – 346/551 (62.8% completion), 3,592 yards, 16 TD 22 INT.
Freeman had a stellar 2010 season, but with the short leash that the Bucs had for former coach Raheem Morris, one cannot rule out Tampa Bay selecting a quarterback to challenge or take the place of Freeman. I still think Josh deserves another shot to prove he’s a starter in this league. The Redskins can only hope that the Buccaneers feel the same way.
Browns: Colt McCoy – 6’1″ 215 lbs. 2011 stats – 265/463 (57.2% completion), 2,733 yards, 14 TD 11 INT.
McCoy seems to be on the way out as the starter with his recent injuries and being given what seems as a fair shot to prove he’s a starter. Colt started 13 games this season and still the Browns only managed a 4-9 record. Many believe the “McCoy experiment” is coming to an end and that the Redskins would have to trade ahead of Cleveland to select Griffin.
There is, as always, the X-factor in this whole draft scenario equation. This X-factor happens to have a name, and it’s Matt Flynn. Should the Browns acquire Flynn, the Redskins would have a much greater opportunity at getting RG3. Flynn seems to be able to run an NFL offense as well as anybody and could be a viable option for the Browns and possibly even the Redskins should Cleveland select Griffin. This is all just speculation though and could easily be undone as fast as the “Newton to the Redskins at pick ten” news from a year ago this time. One way or another Washington will get their guy, Mike Shanahan’s career depends on it.
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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft 6th Pick Andrew Luck Cleveland Browns Colt McCoy Josh Freeman Minnesota Vikings Peyton Manning Robert Griffin III Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams Tampa Bay Buccaneers Washington Redskins