Do not trade up and use a mid-round pick on a developmental quarterback.
Options: Kyle Trask, Davis Mills, Kellen Mond
If neither Lance nor Fields is available, I do not trade up. I realize that every day, fans are pushing each other out of the way to jump on the Mac Jones bandwagon. I may be the final holdout.
Jones is a good quarterback. But his status is raised by playing against college competition with a whole group of professional-caliber teammates. I’d take him in the second round, but there’s no way he falls that far. So I don’t take him at all.
In that case, I have jumped on one other particular bandwagon – the one called Mond. When the Washington Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, it removed the pressure that might have been on Kyle Allen, Taylor Heinicke, or any rookie they bring in.
In the case of Allen and Heinicke, that may be unwelcome news. These guys are already professionals. They probably don’t see a lot of value in waiting.
But for a rookie, this is huge. Trask and Mills look to be more ready to start in their rookie years. Mond is not. But with Fitzpatrick, he would not have to. Mond has the highest upside of any of the mid-round guys. He is more fluid than Jamie Newman. He makes more off-script plays than Trask. He has a much more substantial track record than Mills.
Taking Mond with the 82nd pick (Washington’s second in the third-round) is another good gamble.
Things will be changing right up until draft day, as values and projections rise and fall. But as things begin to come into a bit better focus, the likelihood of the Washington Football Team pulling the trigger on a quarterback is ticking up ever so slightly.
Who do you like, and at what price?