[Editor’s Note: These draft predictions are the thoughts and sentiments of their attributed authors. They are not intended to reflect the thinking of the Redskins decision-makers.]
On March 9, the Redskins announced the blockbuster deal with the St. Louis Rams that sent the No. 2 overall pick to the Redskins. With two desirable quarterback prospects available, Redskins fans had reason for hope and excitement in 2012 and beyond.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Irving, Texas there was legitimate cause for alarm.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones recently sat down with the Dallas Morning News crew to discuss how the Redskins’ trade led to the Cowboys signing free agent cornerback Brandon Carr (via DallasNews.com).
Forewarning: Jones makes a draft prediction for the Redskins that is not necessarily shared by the Redskins:
“Any time you have a team getting a good quarterback…then you obviously want to counter that with good defensive players. We think we did that with (Brandon) Carr. He’s a press corner. I think he fits with what we want to do on defense, which is get in their face and press them up.
“I think the other thing is we have to get pressure. We obviously have one of the elite pressure players in the league in DeMarcus Ware. I think we have to get (Anthony) Spencer more involved in terms of productivity. Then you look at our defensive linemen. (Jay) Ratliff and (Jason) Hatcher and those guys, I think we have to get better there but I think we can do that.
“A young player like RG3, if we can get pressure on guys like that, I think it effects their accuracy, I think it effects their productivity and I think it will allow us to have success against them.’’
So there you have it: the Cowboys signed Carr–at least in part–thanks to Griffin’s presumed acquisition in Washington. In a subsequent move, the Cowboys cut ties with top cornerback Terence Newman, who had a career-high nine interceptions against the Burgundy and Gold.
Won’t they feel silly if the Redskins take the other guy?
In Jones’s defense, he was prompted to discuss RG3 in the way that the question was asked. On the other hand, he makes no great effort to include Andrew Luck in the discussion.
The second draft prediction comes to us from the NFL.com’s schedule site, officially launched at 7 p.m. yesterday evening. In the headline of the Indianapolis schedule, the NFL web writers make the bold assumption that Luck to the Colts is a done deal.
The last time I checked, the Colts haven’t signed any player ahead of next week’s draft, and I don’t expect them to at this point. It seems curious that the league is leading with a presumptuous foot on this topic.
As all NFL fans know, anything can happen in the Draft, and I wouldn’t invest too much in any of the smokescreens before the picks are announced. Then again, aren’t overly-bold predictions fun?