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Redskins (reportedly) interested in drafting QB Brandon Weeden?

In case you missed it yesterday, there was much commotion in Redskins nation, as Don Banks from Sports Illustrated dropped this following bit of information:

… here’s an interesting theory I heard recently that makes some sense: Mike Shanahan loves Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who he coached in the Senior Bowl, and might try to trade down into the 20s of the first round to take him. Weeden is 28 and that scares a lot of teams, but he’s mature and ready to play in the NFL right away, and the Redskins don’t have time to wait around for someone to develop.

It’s an interesting thought: Weeden looked the best among the quarterbacks present at the Senior Bowl (remember that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were not there since they bypassed their respective Senior seasons), but that isn’t necessarily saying much, since none of the other QB’s looked any good there either.

But instead of really debating whether or not Weeden is the right pick for this team, let’s all remember one thing: it’s still February. The NFL Draft is over two months away, and almost everything can & will change between now and then. At this time last year, nobody though Cam Newton would be a top 5 pick (let alone the top pick overall), Blaine Gabbert was considered the top QB in the draft, and Ryan Kerrigan was nowhere to be found on the collective radar of Redskins fans.

So, while it’s something to talk about, take this rumor with a huge grain of salt.

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One Response to “Redskins (reportedly) interested in drafting QB Brandon Weeden?”

  1. 007 says:


    Reading an article in this morning’s RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH sports section, I immediately bolted upstairs to post my opinion, and found this article already up. It just reinforced the impression I got from reading SHANAHAN’s quoted words. At this point, I really can see ALLEN trading down and taking WEEDEN in the draft. His comments led me to believe he wants a repeat of last season’s wild trading session. I’m hoping against hope he does in fact feel this way, and that he will stick with the game-plan.

    Trading down from six to 20 should net another second at least plus one or two other picks, say another five in 2012 and one in 2013, maybe a three.

    Picks aren’t worth what they were last season. The new CBA ties top picks to a club for four years after which they become restricted free agents. An option year later, they are free agents. With a franchise tag, one player could be with the drafting club for six years maximum, the minimum in the previous collective agreement.

    With a late one, a QB such as WEEDEN is a distinct possibility, a TANNEHILL less so. But if there is no one in FA that ALLEN-SHANAHAN believe worth the money necessary to sign them, a ton could be invested in re-signing our own FA’s, and bringing in some excellent newbies rather than spending most of it on a FA QB.

    Having two second-rounders, and two fourth rounders can’t hurt especially since this draft is much deeper than last year in talent throughout. I am quite sanquine of success under this scenerio. Less so if we go after RG3. I would prefer waiting until next season with another dozen picks added to the dozen from 2011 before destroying the draft for two or three years getting ‘the’ franchise QB. Maybe the true value of picks will have settled in by then, and expectations will not be as high as they are this year.

    Besides MATT BARKLEY has been my vote ‘get’ at QB all along. Hopefully, 2013 will see us picking him by moving up from the bottom half of the draft throwing draft picks for years to come at the worst team to finish the 2012 season.

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