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Whether it's at pick No. 15, after a trade to move back in the first round, or at a slot on Day 2, the Redskins will no doubt at least consider drafting West Virginia's Will Grier this April.

That's the thing with Grier, though — he's one of the prospects below Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock whose eventual draft position is still very much up in the air.

So, what are the biggest questions facing him as he tries to transition into the NFL successfully, questions the Redskins must ask themselves as well? Here are three of them.

1) Can he thrive in an NFL offense?

Fair or not, lots of quarterbacks from Big 12 offenses will face this query. Grier is one of them. 

"Grier benefited from the West Virginia system," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein writes in his evaluation of Grier, "but that same system definitely benefited from his time there."

The 24-year-old has plenty of things going for him, from his accuracy and good touch with the ball to a personality that should be easy for teammates to get behind. 

Plus, the recent success of Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield shows that signal callers from the wide open Big 12 can make it at the next level. And today's league is filled with coaches who are borrowing from the college game and who are willing to fit their schemes to their starters.

However, Grier's arm doesn't match up with either of those other two, which leads nicely into the next question about his future on Sundays.

 

2) How much will a lackluster Senior Bowl and Combine affect him?

Grier hasn't exactly shown out in two of the offseason's biggest chances for prospects to improve their stock.

His first-round potential "was dealt a devastating blow at the Senior Bowl, where Grier's lack of arm was painfully obvious," per Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com. He had similar struggles while throwing at the Combine in Indy.

Franchises will have to weigh what they saw from Grier at those two events against what they've seen from him on film and determine what matters more. 

3) Is his ceiling high enough to justify a premium pick?

With Case Keenum and Colt McCoy both under contract for just one more season, the Redskins should be looking for a long-term answer at QB. It's unclear whether Grief qualifies as one.

Opinions vary on whether he's a top-of-the-depth-chart option or more of a backup. Can Washington really afford to invest a top pick in a guy like that?

This post has been devoted to questions that Grier must answer. The one above, however, is also the key question the Redskins will ultimately need to answer on their own. 

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