Most if not every single one of you Burgundy and Gold fans have probably heard the rumor. One way or another, Kirk Cousins is something of a mortal lock for at least one more season with the Washington Redskins.
As for the Baltimore Ravens, even though Joe Flacco a season-ending knee injury crushed his 2015 season, the former Super Bowl MVP will be the one taking snaps under center in 2016.
Despite these quarterback scenarios essentially locked up, fans of the Redskins and Ravens should indeed care about the high profile passers likely flying off the board in round one.
No, general managers Scot McCloughan and Ozzie Newsome are not likely to shock the world with a surprise pick. It's what their direct or league-wide competition might pull off that's worth tracking.
Based on current projections from various public draft boards, at least three quarterbacks are likely gone in round one: North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, California's Jared Goff and Memphis product Paxton Lynch. It appears unlikely any of the three fall below 15.
In the case of the Redskins, Washington owns the 21st pick in the first round. McCloughan, speaking recently at the Senior Bowl, stated he doesn't forecast the Redskins trading up. Outside of moving down, that means wondering what those teams picking 1-20 are thinking. That means gauging how many of those prospects you like lots will be available when you're on the clock.
This is why when it comes to the quarterbacks, the hope should be that there are plenty of love connections. The more picked before 21, chances rise that Alabama's hard-hitting inside linebacker Reggie Ragland drops. Same for impact defensive linemen (Jarran Reed?), ball-hawking cornerbacks (Mackenzie Alexander?), big receivers (Michael Thomas?) or really just any talented players. This is a good thing.
Cleveland (2), San Francisco (7), Philadelphia (13) and Los Angeles (15) are teams in need of quarterbacks. Dallas (4) should consider pulling the the trigger after how its 2015 season imploded with poor QB play and with injury-plagued Tony Romo turning 36 in April. Buffalo (19) and the New York Jets (20) made strides at QB, but could still be looking. Drew Brees might have only one season left in New Orleans (12).
This doesn't count teams needing a QB picking below Washington, namely Houston (22), Denver (31) and maybe Kansas City (28)
For the Redskins, it's not just that some of these teams might end up with a shiny new QB. It's that two of them are in the division.
Even if the Cowboys go that way, Romo still likely starts in 2016. However, the Eagles don't currently have a clear starter, meaning a rookie likely gets thrust into the lineup, which means Philadelphia likely receives plenty of last place projections in the NFC East race. All of a sudden a four-team horse race might have only three contenders.
The Ravens, owners of the sixth pick, wouldn't mind two teams picking ahead of them going QB. Just means better odds that a truly helpful player like Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey, UCLA linebacker Miles Jack or Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley remain available. Based on Cleveland's track record drafting quarterbacks, Baltimore shouldn't fear one working out.
The scenario of quarterbacks going early puts the possibility of trade in the mix for teams like Baltimore depending on just how hot and heavy the love runs for teams with the passers.
If others decide they must have a QB and start talking themselves into Michigan State's Connor Cook or another prospect, McCloughan might receive a call or two. If Cook or others go before the Redskins pick at 21 or the Ravens' second round selection, that also works.