Below are the 6 NFC playoff teams this year, and where their quarterbacks were drafted. 5 of the 6 were drafted in the first round (only Drew Brees was in the second round, and he was the first pick in that round). 4 of the 6 were the top overall QB drafted (and in Aaron Rodgers case, the QB selected ahead of him, Alex Smith, is already on this list). And 3 of the 6 were drafted 1st overall.
Packers (Aaron Rodgers) - 24th pick of the 1st round --- (2nd QB overall of the 2005 draft)
49ers (Alex Smith) - 1st pick of the 1st round --- (1st QB overall of the 2005 draft)
Saints (Drew Brees) - 1st pick of the 2nd round --- (2nd QB overall of the 2001 draft)
Falcons (Matt Ryan) - 3rd pick of the 1st round (1st QB overall of the 2008 draft)
Lions (Matt Stafford) – 1st pick of the 1st round (1st QB overall of the 2009 draft)
The NFC is so competitive, and great QB play is essential. Andrew Luck will be a stellar franchise QB, something the Redskins haven't had in decades, and I would be willing to mortgage the future for him. I think the closest comparison to our situation with these 6 QB's is Eli Manning, who was traded to the Giants for the 4th overall pick in the 1st round, a 3rd round pick, and a 1st rounder the following year. I'm sure that Andrew Luck will cost more for the Redskins to move up from the 6th overall pick, but I'd be willing to do that. In the end, the Giants trade worked out well for them- they got a Super Bowl win, numerous playoff appearances, and a perennial pro-bowler.
I am normally a proponent of building through the draft and upgrading the offensive line, but with cap room to work free agency this year I think we can address some of our holes, and it is becoming increasingly obvious to me that QB play has killed us for the last decade.
Trade up for Luck!!! I'd give a 2012 1st rounder (#6 overall), 2013 1st rounder, and a 2014 first rounder. If the Colts didn't want picks that far out, I'd give them a 2012 1st rounder (#6 overall), a 2012 2nd rounder, and a 2013 1st rounder.