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The Redskins hold the 6th pick in this Aprils draft. The question is what to do with that pick? The fans and the media seem to think they should stay there and draft Robert Griffin III. Does anybody think that RG3 will still be available with the 6th pick? There are plenty of QB needy teams that could try to jump ahead of the Redskins, so what do you do if that happens?
This is where I think the Redskins can be very creative, because there is a QB that might be available for the right price. That QB is Joe Webb, a 6th round pick of the Vikings back in 2010. The Vikings should be willing to entertain offers for their back-up QB. The Redskins could offer the two picks they got for McNabb and maybe throw in a 4th rounder as they already have two picks in the 4th round. Webb fits a Shanahan offense with his mobility and size (6’4” 220) plus 4.4 speed. Webb shows incredible open field awareness, and makes tacklers miss in space. His throwing motion looks solid and his deep throws are very precise. This is the type of trade that could easily be completed after the first day of the draft is completed.
Webb has shown that he can be a good QB, but there is a lack of NFL tape available. He has shown the ability to lead his team in clutch situations, and he has lead the Vikings to victory over playoff teams. Webb would have the entire off-season to work with the receivers and the coaches to not only learn the offense but to develop timing with the receivers. The Redskins must be prepared to offer a real QB contract if Webb shows well in 2012, and they cannot let him become a restricted free agent.
The two teams most likely to be trade down partners are Minnesota and Cleveland, with Cleveland being a team that has two first round picks already. The Vikings already have their QB and one of their biggest needs is interior offensive lineman, not the type of player usually drafted with the 3rd pick of the first round. The Browns have Colt McCoy and seem like they could use a huge infusion of talent, so picking up more early round picks would benefit them greatly. The wild card at 5 is the Buccaneers who just fired their coach, but maybe they are looking to trade down and acquire additional picks as well.
The teams with the biggest QB needs are Miami, Buffalo and maybe Seattle who all pick after the Redskins. Would they be willing to move up to the 3rd or 4th pick knowing the cost? We can’t forget the Cowboys who may just decide that Romo is no longer the answer at QB and maybe they try for the big splash and jump up and grab RG3.
Now what do the Redskins do with pick 6 if RG3 is gone, who is a top ten pick that maybe somebody wants as bad as Atlanta wanted Julio Jones last year? There is a ton of time for things to change, but the Redskins better have a back-up plan.