I have some time on my hands and I've been thinking about this for a little while, so I figured I'd finally write up a FanPost about it.
The primary focus of next year's draft appears to be addressing the need for a young, elite talent at the QB position.
The discussions about the draft around Hogs Haven almost always involve Andrew Luck, Landry Jones or (occasionally) Matt Barkley. Until recently, I was one of the people advocating taking Jones in the top half of the draft no matter what we had to give up, but after giving it more thought, I have decided that I don't want that to happen. I have 2 reasons for this thinking.
If the Redskins want a QB in this draft, that means that:
1) The Redskins had a horrible season. Grossman fell flat on his face and we went 5-11 or worse.
2) The Redskins will have to give up draft picks in order to trade up.
Now, I've stated time and time again that I want Landry Jones to become a Redskin. This, however, is only if we do not have to trade up to get him. That is not to say I want us to lose games. Quite the contrary. I will be perfectly happy if we go 10-6 and miss out on a QB this year. As fans we must remember that there is an order of priority to adhere to:
2) Improve through the draft.
3) Everything else.
Priority 1 is why I don't want us to have a top pick necessary to get Luck or Jones.
Priority 2 is why I don't want us to trade up.
Shanahan and Allen have done a fantastic job stockpiling picks for this year's draft. If I recall correctly, we currently have 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, and 7th round picks. Trading one of our WRs, as some of us are expecting, will net us yet another pick.
I don't want to see that go to waste on a single player. Trading up from a pick anywhere after pick 16 to a top 5 pick will likely cost 2 or 3 picks this year and at least one pick next year. Think Atlanta Falcons/Cleveland Browns. A top QB will simply cost too much when we still have holes to fill around him. That's why I hope that, assuming the Redskins do well, they forgo taking a QB yet again and use those picks to fill other positions of need - LG, C, RG, RT (or LT if we choose to move Trent to the right side), ILB (when Fletcher retires), FS (Atogwe is getting old too), and depth at all positions except maybe TE and OLB.
This is a very deep draft for offensive linemen and it features some excellent prospects at ILB. We could probably use an elite NT or DE as well. My suggestion would be to go ILB, G, NT, C, FS, G, ILB, T, DE for our first 9 picks. I don't particularly have any position in mind for the last round.
This would give us a complete, youthful team to develop a QB with. Instead of getting a QB this year and plugging the holes the year after, we can plug all the holes and have the team ready for a top QB to step in and take us to the next level. If the team has a .500 record or better, I think we can all agree that Grossman can be effective for another year.