When the Redskins made the move from No. 6 to No. 2 in April’s draft, it was instantly one of the biggest trades in franchise history. As general manager Bruce Allen explained to the media in subsequent weeks, the Redskins put themselves in position to take an elite quarterback, addressing their area of greatest need.
As reports indicated, the move opened doors to adding playmakers in free agency. It was also suggested that the timing of the trade was arranged by the Rams, and the price was the team’s last best offer. Speculation suggests that other teams were in the market for the pick and may have paid more, closer to the draft.
But one tiny drawback to making the move early, is the loss of the mock draft madness that accompanies the road to the Draft. Sure, there’s still some mystery as to who the Redskins will land, but it’s been all but narrowed down to one of two players.
Both ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay weighed in with their latest mock drafts, the first since the Redskins made the trade. Let’s just say, the picks aren’t that surprising, but the analysis is intriguing:
Kiper has the Redskins taking Baylor QB Robert Griffin III at No. 2:
Last time I did a mock, the Redskins moved into this slot a day later. It wasn’t an unexpected move, it was just a matter of which team was going to do it. Obviously, the Redskins see RG3 as a long-term answer, and I agree with the assessment that he can be an NFL starter in Week 1. Again, no surprises here.
If the Redskins select Griffin, it’s comforting to know that he’s competing for the starting position from Day 1. While the Redskins would and should be excited to land their first franchise quarterback since Joe Theismann, it’s a bonus to have someone that’s ready in September.
McShay also has the Redskins taking Griffin at No. 2:
Griffin also had a strong pro day, and his athleticism and intangibles make him a perfect fit for the offense of coach Mike Shanahan. The Redskins have been searching for answers at quarterback for years, and they have found them in Griffin.
To credit a player with a strong pro day is almost redundant, but the point remains that Griffin’s stock couldn’t get any higher. While many will argue that Griffin’s skill set matches Shanahan’s offensive scheme, others have astutely pointed out that there has never been a quarterback with Griffin’s ability, and that he would fit in any system.
Shanahan just might be the coach to get the most out of him. Either way, Redskins fans should be excited about where they sit, even if it does make mock drafts somewhat less enthralling.
This is a very small downside to bear.