Report: Redskins hosting QBs Clayton Thorson, Ryan Finley on pre-draft visits

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 01: Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats throws a pass down field against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 01: Clayton Thorson #18 of the Northwestern Wildcats throws a pass down field against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The Washington Redskins are digging deep into the 2019 NFL Draft class at the quarterback position. Reportedly, they are going to visit with Clayton Thorson and Ryan Finley ahead of the draft.

The question ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft is not if the Redskins will take a quarterback. It’s about when they will take a quarterback. The team is going to be without Alex Smith this season and while they have Colt McCoy and Case Keenum to hold down the fort in his absence, they desperately need some youth in the quarterback room. All three of their quarterbacks are over the age of 30, and they’ll need to find a true successor for Smith at some point soon.

In the lead up to the draft, the Redskins have been doing a lot of work on the quarterback class. Recently, it was reported that they were going to meet with Daniel Jones. This came after they had already met with Drew Lock. And now, it appears that they are targeting a couple of more players on pre-draft visits.

According to WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell, the Redskins are going to visit with Clayton Thorson and Ryan Finley in the near future. Thorson played at Northwestern while Finley played at NC State.

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Campbell is right in that the ‘Skins will have virtually visited with all of the early-round quarterback options before the draft begins. And because of this, there is a lot of mystery surrounding which quarterback they really want in the draft.

Of the two most recent reported visits, Finley is the better quarterback prospect. Finley was a three-year starter at NC State and put together some solid seasons for the Wolfpack. He has excellent accuracy and while he doesn’t have the requisite arm strength to be a deep-ball threat in the NFL, he can be a functional starter and game manager much like Alex Smith has been during his career.

In his final season at NC State, Finley posted a completion percentage of 67.4 while throwing for 3,928 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He seems likely to be a Day 2 pick in the draft.

Meanwhile, Thorson is more of a question mark. While his performance at Northwestern wasn’t particularly inspiring from a statistical standpoint, he has the prototypical tools needed to be a solid quarterback at the NFL level. Moreover, he is viewed as a good leader, so that may help his stock to rise.

Thorson could go earlier than most expect, but it still seems likely that he will end up being a Day 3 prospect. If the Redskins target him though, they may have to use their compensatory third-round pick because they lack a fourth-round selection. Thorson could still slip though given his injury history and lack of high-level tape.

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At the point, every quarterback — with the exception of Kyler Murray, as Campbell noted — is in play for the Redskins. It will be interesting to see what direction they go in at the position, but make sure to keep an eye on all the quarterback prospects they have met with.