NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the next matchup.
Round 1: Daniel Jones vs. Jachai Polite
The opening battle in the 2019 Redskins Draft Bracket brings with it an interesting question: Should Washington use its first-round selection on a quarterback who'd likely be asked to contribute later on or on an edge rusher who'd hopefully improve the defense from Day 1?
Thanks to the arrival of Case Keenum, Jay Gruden now has two capable veterans he can lean on under center in Keenum and Colt McCoy. Therefore, if the 'Skins were to take Jones at No. 15, they'd be able to let him develop in camp and at practice, as opposed to rushing him onto the field.
And, of course, anytime you're talking about the Burgundy and Gold's QB situation these days, you have to think about the future. Keenum and McCoy only have one year left on their respective deals, and Alex Smith's career is fully in doubt. So, having Jones — who is a tantalizing albeit polarizing passer — as a high-ceiling prospect is appealing.
However, can the Redskins afford to draft for the future when there's so much pressure to win now?
Bruce Allen believes his franchise is "close." Jay Gruden, meanwhile, probably can't afford another sub-.500 campaign as head coach.
That means someone like Jachai Polite -- an edge rusher from Florida who posted 11 sacks in 2018 and who could replace the departed Preston Smith -- may be the more sensible choice in Round 1. Landon Collins' addition gives the defense a much-needed star, and Polite could inject additional speed and talent at a key spot.
Yes, it's absolutely paramount Washington finds a long-term solution at signal caller, and sooner rather than later. Sure, they could try to scrape together nine or 10 wins with Keenum and McCoy, but even if they do, that doesn't change the fact that they still need that answer.
With that being said, a few influential figures in Ashburn may not be around to see someone like Jones grow if 2019 doesn't go well. That's why they could be more inclined to take Polite and hope his immediate impact makes this "close" roster more dangerous.
You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.
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