In just about 24 hours or so, the Arizona Cardinals will be on the clock with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
What that also means is: it is officially smoke and mirrors season. Until the pick is in, rumors will come from all over the place about what each team's draft strategy is.
The Redskins are right in the thick of all the pre-draft noise and rumors. Some stuff will end up true, but most will likely not.
It's no secret that the Redskins need to add a quarterback at some point during the draft, whether it be at No. 15, trading up, trading back, or even trading for another young quarterback such as the Cardinals' Josh Rosen. Over the past few days, there have been reports linking the Redskins to a number of different quarterbacks. But by the end of the weekend, only one of them will be sporting the burgundy and gold.
Here is what we know about the Redskins and each quarterback linked to them.
On Monday, it was reported that the Redskins were zeroed in on Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins.
“Redskins are out on Rosen and all in on Haskins” - @McShay13— Robert Henson (@Mr_Henson51) April 22, 2019
Another report came out early Wednesday, with the exact same news.
Make no mistake of it, the Washington Redskins are in the market for a QB. Sources have indicated Dwayne Haskins is their target despite multiple holes at several positions on this roster. I’m also told the Redskins Draft board is set.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) April 24, 2019
Haskins is a local product, as he played his high school ball at Bullis School in Potomac, Md. He was committed to Maryland for much of his senior year of high school before flipping to Ohio State a couple weeks before National Signing Day.
Haskins redshirted his freshman year with the Buckeyes, and sat behind J.T. Barrett in 2017 before earning the starting job in 2018. While just a one-year starter, Haskins broke almost every Big Ten passing record possible, including Drew Brees' record for touchdown passes. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting, behind Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.
Where Haskins will ultimately end up is very much in question. The Giants could grab him at No. 6, or the Bengals at No. 11. It is unlikely Haskins would fall to No. 15, so if the Redskins want him, they will most likely have to trade up.
Another quarterback the Redskins have been linked to is Duke's Daniel Jones. who could be the safest quarterback option in the draft. There is a chance that Jones, unlike Haskins, could be available at the Redskins current draft position.
Yet, some reporters believe the Redskins might trade into the Top 5 to select Jones, a player the Giants have been rumored to like as well. With Eli Manning close to the end of his career, the Giants still don't have a quarterback of the future, and could take Jones at pick No. 6 if he's available.
Earlier this week, Doug Williams said it was unlikely the Redskins trade up in the draft.
All offseason long, the Redskins have been rumored to be interested in trading for Josh Rosen, if the Cardinals decide to take Kyler Murray with their first overall pick.
Now, with just a handful of hours before the draft, the Redskins seem to focus on only the quarterbacks in the draft.
On Schefter’s podcast this morning, Redskins were not mentioned in the running for Josh Rosen. He said Giants, Dolphins and Chargers as front runners.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 22, 2019
Flying under the radar for the Redskins? Missouri's Drew Lock, who could also still be available at No. 15 if the Redskins keep their pick.
Ultimately, it's all smoke and mirrors. Which is why this tweet sums it all up:
So the Redskins are going to draft Haskins, Jones, Lock and trade for Rosen. Got it.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 24, 2019
Just think, this will all be over by the weekend.
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