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Draft chatter: For many teams, the NFL Draft revolves around the QB position

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Draft chatter: For many teams, the NFL Draft revolves around the QB position

The draft starts on Thursday and while the don’t know how things will unfold, we do know one thing—that for most teams that don’t have a quarterback the draft will revolve around getting that quarterback.

The chances seem high that the Browns, Titans, Jaguars, Texans, Raiders, Vikings, Bucs and Cardinals will take quarterbacks at some point in the first three rounds. It’s possible that the Bills, Bengals, Broncos, Giants, and Rams will be looking as well. And there are always a few surprise teams in the QB market so nearly half of the league is looking.

The teams that are in the market for quarterbacks won’t necessarily be content to wait for the draft to come to them. They will trade up if they think they think that their guy will be gone. That means even more of the draft being invested in the quarterback.

The Redskins have plenty of problems and plenty of needs but quarterback is not one of them. You can’t say that Robert Griffin III is an established star at this point but he played well enough as a healthy rookie in 2012 to say that the Redskins won’t be in the market for a replacement this year or during any other draft in the next few years.

Meanwhile, the teams in search of quarterbacks have to make the single hardest evaluation there is in football, perhaps in all of sports. Too many “sure things” turn out to be busts because of a variety of reasons.

Any team looking for a quarterback is now trying to figure out if Johnny Football’s skill set translates into him becoming Johnny NFL Football, if Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day was an aberration or a revelation, and if A. J. McCarron’s intangible qualities can overcome his so-so arm strength and athleticism.

To be sure, teams have similar questions about every other player in the draft pool. But drafting the wrong defensive tackle won’t bring down a coach and general manager. Taking the wrong quarterback will.

All of the variables and pressure might tempt some teams to bypass going after a QB altogether. After all, the demand exceeds the supply every year. But the one thing that will get you fired faster than picking the wrong quarterback is sticking with the bad quarterback you already have.

Even though the Redskins aren’t in the market for a quarterback this year, their draft still revolves around the position. That’s because they are missing their first-round pick, which belongs to the Rams in the final installment of the deal to trade up to get Griffin. That turned out to be a very steep price, especially considering that the first rounder this year ended up being the 2nd overall pick.

We don’t know yet if the trade was worth it. But while the data will take some time to come in there is the side benefit of not needed to obsess over the relative merits of Blake Bortles and Derek Carr or figure out if Tom Savage is a legitimate NFL prospect or a figment of some scouts’ imaginations.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?

NBC

Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1