The final Senior Bowl practice will take place this afternoon. After that, the Redskins will get to work compiling their observations from practices and from the speed dating style interviews they did with the players who were there and plug that into their draft evaluations.
It is likely that much of the information that comes back from Mobile will be about quarterbacks. This is from Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, one of the more plugged-in NFL insiders. You can skip to the last line.
#SeniorBowl: #Ravens scooped up #Alabama DE Da’Shawn Hand in the hotel and spent quite a bit of time with him today...#Bengals were locked into #UTEP guard Will Hernandez...a LOT of love for UT-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport...#Redskins clearly QB focused.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 24, 2018
This should not surprise anyone who is reading this. The future of Kirk Cousins with the team is uncertain at best. With only Colt McCoy under contract at the position in 2017, the Redskins at least need to add depth at the position if not find someone who can start there in 2019 at the latest.
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Colleague JP Finlay was in Mobile and he also noticed that amount of attention that the Redskins contingent was paying to the group of eight quarterbacks. He asked Jay Gruden if they were honing in on the position.
“No, not really. We’re always honing in on quarterbacks,” he said. “We try to hone in on everyone, really. We try to take the best player in the draft. But we’re always looking at quarterbacks. It’s a position you have to have on your team to be successful and with our contract situation the way it is with Kirk we will look at all of them like we do every year.”
Perhaps they have taken a close look at quarterbacks during the draft process in the past, but they have been wasting their time for the most part. Since taking Cousins and Robert Griffin III in 2012, the only quarterback the team has drafted was Nate Sudfeld in the sixth round in 2016. This is despite the fact that there was considerable uncertainty about Griffin’s future with the team starting in 2013, and that when Cousins became the starter in 2015, he was in the last year of his contract. Now Griffin is gone, Cousins has been franchise tagged twice, and the Redskins have no future at the position on the roster.
The NFL draft prospects of the quarterbacks who were at the Senior Bowl vary greatly. Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen are certain to go in the first round, perhaps in the top 10. Luke Falk of Washington State should be around in the middle rounds. Virginia’s Kirk Benkert and Kyle Lauletta of Richmond will be late-round picks or perhaps undrafted free agents. It will be interesting to see where their interest lies.
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