Redskins had no interest in top QB prospects in 2011 Draft

ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped an interesting bit of news last Friday, in his blog on ESPN.com. A reader named “Brendan” from North Carolina asked Schefter about the Redskins quarterback situation going into 2011, and Schefter initially responded with this:

“For now, Brendan, it looks like [John] Beck. But let’s clear up some loose ends. Washington never seriously considered a quarterback in Round 1 and never was going to trade up for one in this draft. Ever.”

Given the news surrounding the Redskins in the weeks and days leading up to the draft, I find this interesting on two accounts:

1. Mike Shanahan & Bruce Allen truly had every fooled about the Redskins draft plans. The team was linked to nearly every “big name” quarterback in this draft at one point or another, and rumors began to fly about how they were going to trade up to grab one of them (namely, Blaine Gabbert). Yet, when Gabbert was available at #10 overall (when the Redskins were on the clock), not only did the Redskins not take Gabbert, but they traded the pick itself.

2. The front office really seems ready to go with either John Beck (the rumored favorite) or Rex Grossman (the incumbent) as the team’s starting quarterback. Late last season, when Donovan McNabb was benched prior to the game versus Dallas, the theory was that Shanahan would use the last three weeks of the season to evaluate what he had in Grossman & Beck; essentially, it seeemed to be an extended job interview for whether they’d even be on the roster in 2011. Now, not only is Beck on the roster, but he’s the presumptive favorite for the starting position (Grossman remains a free agent).

It’s also worth nothing because Schefter has one of the best accuracy rates with news “scoops” involving Mike Shanahan & the Redskins. It’s long been rumored that he’s well connected to sources close to Shanahan (if not the coach himself), since the days when Schefter worked for the Denver Post and Shanahan coached the Broncos.

Many will remember that Schefter was among the first – if not the very first – to connect Shanahan to the Redskins head coaching position with any degree of certainty, even while Jim Zorn was still coaching the team.

So when Schefter speaks about the Redskins, his news is as good as (if not better than) anyone’s.


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