Just for fun, I have taken up the responsibility of running my beloved Redskins as their new pretend general manager. Here is my agenda:
1. First and foremost, Secure a franchise quarterback. This will involve a trade. I don't want any of the short term answers FA is offering and I am not totally sold on Matt Flynn. I want this position to be taken care of for at least the next 10 years. This is why I pick up the phone and make the call to the St Louis Rams to land Sam Bradford. The compensation would be our 1st rounders this year and in 2013. We would be taking on $13mil for the next 4 years, but we'd have our long term solution. Drafting Luck would have been my first choice, but getting Bradford cost us far fewer picks.
2. Now that QB is settled, we resign our free agents. London Fletcher is a no brainer. I'd also resign Adam Carriker, Kendrick Gholston, LaRon Landry - short term only, Rex Grossman cheap and also short term with the understanding he is a backup, Will Montgomery, Tim Hightower, and Kory Lichtensteiger. Keyaron Fox and Bryan Westbrook are signed for special teams. If you take away the blocked kicks, Graham Gano actually had a decent season, so I'd give him one more year, with the understanding that we will be bringing in competition during camp. Fred Davis will be franchised.
4. Cut or trade CB DeAngelo Hall, WR Anthony Armstrong, QB John Beck, KR Brandon Banks
5. Now to the draft. Our 1st round pick went to the Rams in the Bradford deal, so we start our draft in the early 2nd round. I'd trade back to the mid to late 2nd while gaining another 3rd rounder using the NFL Draft Value Chart. I'd take T Mitchell Schwartz from Cal with that 2nd round pick. I look for him to eventually take over at right tackle. With our first pick in round 3 I'd go for CB Casey Hayward from Vanderbilt. Our other 3rd rounder would be used on WR Juron Criner from Arizona. I see him as a big red zone target, plus he sure made Foles look good on deep jump balls in college. Our first 4th round pick would be S Winston Guy Jr. out of Kentucky. I'd be looking for him to possibly replace Landry if he doesn't come back 100% from injury. With the 4th rounder we got from the Raiders in the Jason Campbell deal, I'd take ILB Chris Marve of Vanderbilt. I see him as an eventual replacement for Fletcher once he finally retires. I'd take QB Brock Osweiler of Arizona State with our 5th round pick. He'll replace Grossman and be our long term backup behind Bradford. With the 6th round pick, I'd build up the line depth some more with G Stephen Good from Oklahoma. With our final pick, we take K Randy Bullock from Texas A&M in the 7th round to push Gano for the kicker job.
Our Redskins roster going into camp would look something like this:
QB: Bradford, Grossman, Osweiler
RB: Helu, Royster, Hightower
TE: Davis, Cooley, Paulsen
WR: Moss, Gaffney, Manningham, Hankerson, Criner, Paul
T: Williams, Brown, Smith, Schwartz, Polumbus
G: Grubbs, Chester, Hurt, Good, Lichtensteiger
C: Myers, Montgomery
DE: Jenkins, Bowen, Carriker, Gholston
NT: Cofield, Nield
ILB: Fletcher, Riley, Marve, Fox
OLB: Kerrigan, Orakpo, Alexander, Jackson, White
CB: Carr, Wilson, Hayward, Barnes, Thompson, Westbrook
SS: Landry, Guy Jr., Doughty
FS: Otogwe, Gomes
Well, I'll probably get a lot of flack for this, but at least I had fun playing GM. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!