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Fresh Take: The Redskins need to draft a QB

Fresh Take: The Redskins need to draft a QB

Colt McCoy was seen wearing crutches earlier this week. For our new feature, Fresh Takes, Travis Thomas explains why Redskins fans want the team to draft a quarterback

Colt McCoy is still recovering from a broken leg and was spotted rocking a cast on said leg.

Apparently, he had another "preventative" type of surgery and is expected to be ready by the start of the off season program. Despite the fact he may be ready to go when it counts and the Case Keenum signing, McCoy's storied history of injuries worries me.

I believe the Redskins NEED to draft a QB at #15 overall in the first round of next months draft.

Out of the top 20 statistical leaders at the position, 10 of them made the playoffs. Obviously some of the biggest names in the sport at QB had down years and missed the playoff boat: Rodgers, Big Ben and Matt Ryan. That tells you everything you need to know about the NFL. You MUST have a franchise QB to stand a chance in this league.

Think about the future of the NFC East.

Dak in Dallas, Wentz in Philly and we all suspect the Giants will take their QB of the future in this draft.

I believe the Redskins should do the same. We've seen attendance decline with this franchise and we've heard the fans complaining about the product on the field. What better way to inject some energy into this perturbed fan base than with a young QB with a bright future and personality to match?

Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins won't be there at #15 but I'll take any one of these other prospects at the position. Drew Lock from Mizzou, Daniel Jones from Duke or Will Grier from West Virginia. All of them feel like worth a first round pick to me.

It's time for the Redskins to get the shot of energy in the arm they desperately need and it starts with the QB1. 


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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."