[Editor’s Note: The information in this post is not associated with the thinking or decision-making of team executives. Any information is based purely on the speculation of the writers referenced.]
Much of the offseason speculation has revolved around the quarterback position. Will the Redskins draft a quarterback high, low, or not at all? Will they address the position in free agency? I can confidently tell you that it will be some combination of both, or neither.
Isn’t the offseason fun?
Just as speculation of the Redskins’ interest in first-round quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill has grown in recent weeks, NFL draft experts have begun to consider other possibilities.
If the Redskins sign a starting quarterback in the coming weeks, or have their eye on a later-round guy, then there are certainly other areas of need. ESPN’s Todd McShay followed this train of logic on his way to Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff:
The Redskins will be in the RG3 derby, but if they don’t trade up I would expect coach Mike Shanahan to have a veteran free-agent acquisition to work with at quarterback. That leaves them with no other perfect fits in terms of needs — no wideout or guard worth this pick — but Reiff would bring some flexibility to the offensive line by giving the staff the chance to slide him or current OTs Jammal Brown or Trent Williams inside.
Now, keep in mind that neither McShay nor his companion horse Mel Kiper will speculate on draft day trades, which is their right. It muddies up predictions and leads to over-thinking on an already speculation-heavy event.
McShay acknowledges that he expects the Redskins to be interested in Griffin–BUT IF NOT (and receiver Justin Blackmon is already off the board to the Rams), then this pick makes sense. Reiff is the second top-rated tackle in the draft, and could be paired with Trent Williams for a young, dynamic combination.
McShay’s theory of moving Williams or Jammal Brown inside is creative, but always a possibility. Here’s some extensive footage of Reiff from his days with the Hawkeyes:
Of course, this is all speculation, and does not necessarily represent the intentions of the Redskins front office. But if this scenario did play out, would you be happy with the No. 6 overall pick?