ATLANTA - Barring something unforeseen, Alex Smith won't play for the Redskins in 2019. Colt McCoy is under contract, and while a fine person and capable passer, he has not proved he can stay healthy for 16 games either.
What does all that mean for 2019? To NBC Sports' Peter King, it's very clear.
"They have to draft a quarterback in the first round," King said Tuesday, speaking on the Redskins Talk podcast.
The Redskins have been connected with a number of possible first round passers, including guys like Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Duke's Daniel Jones. That will only increase as the draft process continues, first at the NFL Scouting Combine in about a month.
Jones has the prototype body for an NFL quarterback. He's 6-foot-4 and 220 lbs with a big arm. He can move too.
There is no doubt about Murray's athleticism, and his stats at Oklahoma were nuts. He won the Heisman Trophy. The questions will be about his size, and if his style of play combined with his frame will allow for a long NFL career.
"What's going to be so interesting about this draft is how Kyler Murray is going to be evaluated and valued by all these teams. Because I think what you’ve seen in Baker Mayfield, what you’ve seen in Russell Wilson and what you’ve seen for a long time in Drew Brees is that you’ve got three sub-6-foot-1 quarterbacks," King said. "Russell Wilson is three quarters of an inch taller than Kyler Murray."
Height might not be the only issue for Murray. He's listed at 5-foot-9 but weighs only 185 lbs.
"The one difference I will say about Murray, he is a slight guy," King said. "He’s thin."
Murray will not be the only signal caller available to Washington in the first round. The team could move up from their current pick at 15 if they want to try and get Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, but that seems improbable.
Other passers will generate interest too, particularly Missouri's Drew Lock. None will bring the type of attention as Murray though. King cautions that he might need more time to adjust to the pro game though.
"I do think that wherever Kyler Murray goes, this is not a Baker Mayfield situation. As you saw with Mayfield, he was ready very early."
Murray or not, the message from King is clear, expect the Redskins to bring in a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
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