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The 5 O’Clock Club: Poll - the 2018 starting quarterback

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Kirk Cousins Season In Review Benefiting Dream Center Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images

The 5 o’clock club aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

Background

There was an exchange in the comments section of the Daily Slop not so long ago. I captured its essence with a couple of screen shots.

We're all about polls here at the 5 o'clock club.

Free Agent options

Here's a link to an article from OverTheCap discussing the top veteran free agent quarterbacks and their likely market values to give you an idea of who is expected to be available, and their expected contact values.

For convenience, here’s the list of the top quarterbacks from that article:

Draft options at QB

Here's a list of top quarterbacks expected to be drafted in April, courtesy of Mark Tyler.

According to OverTheCap, a player picked #13 overall would get a 4 year contract with total value of $14.47m and 2018 cap hit estimated at $2.6m.

  1. Sam Darnold
  2. Josh Rosen
  3. Josh Allen
  4. Baker Mayfield
  5. Lamar Jackson
  6. Mason Rudolph
  7. Ryan Finley
  8. Luke Falk
  9. Riley Ferguson

Draft options at positions of need

Courtesy of DraftWire (USA Today), these are the top prospects at some positions of need for the Redskins — specifically, linebacker, safety, defensive tackle, and running back.

Here are the estimated 2018 cap hits for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th round picks (to compare against veteran free agent options):

  • 1st - $2.6m
  • 2nd - $1.16m
  • 3rd - $712,000
  • 4th - $651,400

Linebacker

  1. Malik Jefferson, Texas
  2. Roquan Smith, Georgia
  3. Jerome Baker, Ohio State
  4. Tegray Scales, Indiana

Safety

  1. Derwin James, Florida State
  2. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
  3. Marcus Allen, Penn State
  4. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

Defensive Tackle

  1. Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  2. Maurice Hurst, Michigan
  3. Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
  4. Derrick Nnadi, Florida State
  5. Vita Vea, Washington

Running back

  1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State
  2. Derrius Guice, LSU
  3. Damien Harris, Alabama
  4. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
  5. Ronald Jones II, USC

Poll

What should the Redskins do for a starting quarterback this season?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Re-sign Kirk, even if it means giving him the richest contact in NFL history
    (55 votes)
  • 32%
    Re-sign Kirk, but limit the value of the contract (for example, no more than $25m per year - or around 12.5% of the salary cap)
    (219 votes)
  • 29%
    Draft the best QB available at pick #13 and use the cap space saved to build the defense & add WR + RB
    (198 votes)
  • 7%
    Sign a competent veteran free agent QB for $20m APY or less, use top draft picks to build the defense
    (52 votes)
  • 18%
    Draft a developmental QB in the 2nd or 3rd round. Start season with McCoy or cheap vet FA 'bridge' QB; use 1st pick & cap $ to build defense
    (126 votes)
  • 4%
    Trade for Alex Smith
    (28 votes)
678 votes total Vote Now