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2019 NFL Mock Draft: If Redskins focus on quarterback at No. 15 they should call Cardinals for Josh Rosen

2019 NFL Mock Draft: If Redskins focus on quarterback at No. 15 they should call Cardinals for Josh Rosen

Let’s make this simple. If the Redskins are strongly considering drafting a quarterback with the No. 15 overall selection, they should instead trade the pick for Josh Rosen.

The discussion involving compensation for a deal involving the Cardinals QB largely centers on picks outside of the first round. At least that’s the case when the analysis includes the Redskins.

NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay reported earlier this month that the first-round pick is not involved in any potential offer for Rosen, but an offer involving other selections is possible.

This makes perfect sense from the Redskins perspective – but only if they do intend on drafting Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock or Daniel Jones at No. 15.

There’s a long-term need, but the latest NBC Sports Washington 2019 NFL mock draft has the Redskins going with a defender rather than a quarterback.

Let’s take a step back. Rosen only becomes available should Arizona, as widely assumed, select Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray with the first overall selection or the Cardinals land another starting QB option in the draft via trade.

At that point, the Cardinals would presumably deal away Rosen, whom they selected No. 10 overall in 2018 after acquiring the pick for three selections (15, 79, 152).

It’s possible some combination of Haskins, Lock and Jones are available when the Redskins are on the clock in the middle of round one. If the Redskins plan on using the first round pick on a young quarterback even with Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Alex Smith on the roster, then they should take the best option.

For several league sources, that option is Rosen.

“Rosen hands down,” a former NFL general manager told NBC Sports Washington. “He would be No. 2 in this quarterback class behind (Kyler Murray).”

What’s interesting is the scant traction for this trade concept even though other draft thinkers it’s an obvious call.

“I would give up the 15th pick in a second for Josh Rosen if I’m the Washington Redskins,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper said on a recent edition of the “First Draft” podcast.

The original public idea of a Day 2 selection for Rosen, likely based on the notion of the Cardinals dealing from a position of weakness by drafting Murray, created the “don’t deal a first” narrative.

On another episode of “First Draft,” Kiper’s counterpart, Todd McShay, also advocated Washington dealing No. 15 for Rosen.

“I keep waiting for a deal to be made,” McShay said. “I keep waiting for Washington to wake up.”

Some fans hit the snooze button when it comes to trading for Rosen. His rookie season performance wasn’t great – but neither was the team. Arizona struggled so much the organization fired its first-year head coach. The offensive line defined porous.

Whatever the struggles, those that liked Rosen coming out of UCLA in 2018 largely remain positive, but concerns exist.

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One NFL analyst balked at the idea of using No. 15 for any of the passer options, but added, “It would be less risky to trade 15 for Rosen than to take a rookie.”

Rosen’s often-dissected personality comes into play for a former NFL offensive coordinator.

“(I) don’t know the personality of the Redskins’ QB coach (Kevin O’Connell). If not offended by a guy who is going to ask ‘why’ all the time, then I would trade for Rosen,” the former OC said. “If that personality rubs him wrong, I would go Lock.”

The primary downside for adding Rosen over the incoming rookies is the loss of a year on the rookie contract. Any 2019 first-round selection’s contract includes a fifth-year team option. Rosen is down to a maximum of four years, but with a noted benefit.

The Cardinals already paid his signing bonus. What’s left are modest salaries (less than $2 million for the 2019 season) and cap hits. Based on those numbers, almost any team selecting No. 13 thru No. 32 should consider trading for Rosen.

If any of these passers work out, the two sides will, in theory, work toward a long-term extension, so one year lost on Rosen isn’t an issue.

“Doesn’t make sense to let that (Rosen) opportunity slip,” said a league source. “That’s why if it’s truly there, you take it.”

It’s likely both sides are waiting for the deadline pressure, one league source told NBC Sports Washington. The three-day NFL Draft kicks off April 25.

The same league source, who has insight into the Redskins’ mindset, believes Washington remains keen on adding Rosen. NFL Network insider Mike Garofolo reported Friday he doesn’t get the sense the Redskins are “actively pursuing” a trade for Rosen.

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There is another hurdle: The Cardinals selecting Murray.

On Monday, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah lowered his confidence of Murray to Arizona from 90 percent to 60 percent.

NBC Sports Washington’s began slotting the Heisman Trophy winner to the Cardinals with the March 4 mock draft and each time included some form of “Do not consider this a lock just yet.”  

Remember that while there’s a new coach in Arizona, the same GM and owner behind the original Rosen decision remain.

Defensive lineman Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams are worthy of the first overall pick. Selecting Murray means not just trading Rosen, but bypassing those two linemen.

The same is true for the Redskins on the other side. It’s no lock Rosen or any of the rookie passers starts in 2019. Gruden already stated that the Redskins, who last made the playoffs in 2015, need an immediate impact from their first-round choice. Pass rusher Brian Burns and guard Cody Ford are among the potential targets at No. 15 likely capable of helping from Day 1. Perhaps such help comes via a Day 2 pick in return from Arizona with Rosen.

For now, the idea of Murray going first overall remains the best bet. Should that occur, the Rosen talks presumably heat up. Lock, Haskins and Jones have their backers, but if the Redskins are focused on adding a quarterback, it’s time everyone stops trying to win the trade and focus on the best option with the 15th pick.

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Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

For most NFL assistant coaches getting fired comes with the territory, but the key is being able to stay in the league and adapt. For former Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky that plan didn't work out. 

At least this time.

Manusky played in the NFL from 1988 to 1999, including three seasons in Washington, and has coached in the NFL in various capacities since 2001. He's served as a linebackers coach and as defensive coordinator for four different teams; the 49ers, the Colts, the Chargers and most recently the Redskins. 

That makes his new job all the more bizarre. After more than 30 years in the NFL in some capacity, Manusky moved to the college ranks, but not as a defensive coordinator. 

Manusky took a job at the University of Kentucky as a defensive quality control assistant.

Typically, quality control coaches are young guys starting out in their coaching careers. All coaches grind, but the QCs usually have to do serious grunt work. And Kentucky isn't exactly a football powerhouse. The Wildcats are best known for their elite basketball team, but the football program has been to four straight bowl games and won the Belk Bowl last year. 

It's unknown if Manusky has a connection to the program or to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, but Wildcats defensive coordinator Brad White did serve on Mansuky's staff when he was running the Colts defense from 2012 to 2015. That could certainly be the connection. 

Of the former Redskins coaching staff now all of the main players have landed new jobs. Jay Gruden is the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Kevin O'Connell is now the offensive coordinator for the Rams. Bill Callahan took over as the offensive line coach in Cleveland, and now Manusky is settled in at Kentucky. 

In 2019 the Redskins defense ranked in the bottom five NFL teams for points allowed and yards allowed and reports emerged of growing frustration with the team's defensive scheme. Washington overhauled their entire defensive staff this offseason, led by new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. 

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Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

With Coronavirus forcing most Americans to stay home, it looks like NFL players might be just as stir crazy as the rest of the country. 

On Friday night, free agent safety Damarious Randall reached out to Redskins safety Landon Collins about possibly joining up this fall and playing together. Of course, this conversation took place via Twitter.

Randall started things out with this tweet to Collins, aka @TheHumble_21.

Collins responded, at which point some segments of Washington fans probably lost their mind. 

Check the Twitter feeds of both players for more similar, yet quite vague, interaction about playing together. 

It's important to point out that some reports suggested the Redskins had interest in Randall as a free agent. A first-round pick in 2015, Randall played three seasons for the Packers before being traded to the Browns the last two years. He's been versatile throughout his career, playing all over the field as a cornerback and then as a safety in Cleveland. Randall also has ballhawking skills with 14 career interceptions in 56 starts. 

Before people get too excited, however, the Redskins just signed safety Sean Davis from Pittsburgh. The plan with Davis is to pair him up with Collins, allow Davis to play deep center and let Collins stay closer to the line of scrimmage. 

That's the plan. Accept that. 

Could Randall still help in a secondary that lost both Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar? Sure, but the price will need to be right. 

Washington's biggest free agent signing this year was cornerback Kendall Fuller, and he got four years at more than $40 million with $23.5 million in guarantees. Davis got $5 million. The team won't spend that much to bring Randall in, and he's probably looking for more. 

It's a situation to monitor as free agency continues because the Redskins' staff has openly talked about their desire for versatile players, and Randall can help all over the field. Keep in mind though that once Davis signed, the chances of Randall coming to Washington took a big hit. 

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