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Need to Know: If not Cousins as the Redskins QB then who?

Need to Know: If not Cousins as the Redskins QB then who?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 1, 36 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

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Days until:

NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 29
—NFL Draft (4/27) 85
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 221

If not Cousins then who?

Today’s question comes from my Facebook page.

Michael, you have asked the $120 million question. The reason that Cousins will command such a high salary is that aren’t many other humans on the planet who can play the position of quarterback well. If you narrow that down to players who can play well in Jay Gruden’s system the supply gets even tighter. And if you narrow it down to QB’s who can play well in Gruden’s system who are available, well, the pickings are very slim.

Related: #RedskinsTalk podcast: A new deal for Cousins?

Here are the top 10 quarterbacks who are slated to be free agents, in the approximate order of their values according to Rotoworld.com, with their ages in parenthesis:

Kirk Cousins (28)
Mike Glennon (27)
Brian Hoyer (31)
Matt Barkley (26)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (34)
Geno Smith (26)
Case Keenum (29)
Landry Jones (27)
Blaine Gabbert (27)
Mark Sanchez (30)

Who on that list can make quick decisions and get rid of the ball in a hurry? Glennon may be the best prospect of the rest but his release is not at all quick. Hoyer has shown some ability but he can’t stay on the field. On Christmas Eve, we saw Barkley, the No. 4 rated QB, throw five picks to a Redskins defense that couldn’t catch much of anything all year. And then there’s Fitz—, seriously, do I really need to go on?

More Redskins: Free agency to-do list

Some quarterbacks are bound to be released. The three big names are Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, and Jay Cutler. Of the three, Cutler may be the best fit but that’s only in relative terms. None of them meets the Gruden job description.

But that’s why the Redskins gave Colt McCoy a three-year, $9 million contract that has him making a $2.8 million salary this year. He’s not an ideal fit in the offense and his durability is in question but if Cousins is unavailable for any reason, whether it’s injury or if he’s employed by another team, McCoy is the best Plan B.

So the question is not whether Cousins is “worth” a contract worth well over $20 million per year.  The question is if the Redskins can afford to let him go even if it means that paying a premium due to the scarcity at the position.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final version sends Dwayne Haskins to Redskins

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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final version sends Dwayne Haskins to Redskins

We can stop the mockery.

Here is the final version of the NBC Sports Washington 2019 NFL Mock Draft. No fluff, just the straight list as we project specific marriages of teams and prospects through two rounds plus additional Day 2 selections for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.

For those that have been following along for the previous (gulp) 21 versions, you may notice several changes starting with the Raiders at four and including the Redskins at 15 and 46. I’ve been doing mock drafts for many years now and this is easily among the wildest. There’s always the misinformation game. The uncertainty with the quarterbacks and the large of tier talent in the 16-50 range made such projections challenging.

Anyway, thanks for the coming along for the ride over these many months. Check out all of NFL Draft coverage starting with Thursday’s first round.

First round

1             Arizona Cardinals -- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2             San Francisco 49ers -- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

3             New York Jets -- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

4             Oakland Raiders -- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

5             Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Devin White, LB, LSU

6             New York Giants -- Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

7             Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

8             Detroit Lions -- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

9             Buffalo Bills -- Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

10           Denver Broncos -- Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

11           Cincinnati Bengals -- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

12           Green Bay Packers -- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

13           Miami Dolphins  -- Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

14           Atlanta Falcons -- Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

15           Washington Redskins -- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

16           Carolina Panthers -- Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

17           NY Giants (via Cleveland) -- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

18           Minnesota Vikings -- Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

19           Tennessee Titans -- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

20           Pittsburgh Steelers -- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

21           Seattle Seahawks -- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

22           Baltimore Ravens -- Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

23           Houston Texans -- Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma

24           Oakland Raiders (from CHI) -- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

25           Philadelphia Eagles -- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

26           Indianapolis Colts -- Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.

27           Oakland Raiders (from DAL) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

28           Los Angeles Chargers -- Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

29           Seattle Seahawks (via KC) -- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

30           Green Bay Packers (via NO) -- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

31           Los Angeles Rams -- Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

32           New England Patriots -- Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

 Second round                

33           Arizona -- A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

34           Indianapolis (via NY Jets) -- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

35           Oakland -- Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

36           San Francisco -- Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

37           NY Giants -- Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

38           Jacksonville -- Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech

39           Tampa Bay -- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

40           Buffalo  -- DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

41           Denver  -- N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State 

42           Cincinnati -- Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

43           Detroit  -- Juan Thornhill, CB, Virginia

44           Green Bay -- Nassir Adderley, S, Delaware

45           Atlanta  -- L.J Collier, DE, TCU

46           Washington -- J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

47           Carolina -- Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

48           Miami -- Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

49           Cleveland -- Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

50           Minnesota -- Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State

51           Tennessee -- Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

52           Pittsburgh -- Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

53           Philadelphia (via Baltimore) -- Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

54           Houston (via Seattle) -- Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington

55           Houston -- Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

56           New England (via Chicago) -- Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

57           Philadelphia -- David Long, CB, Michigan

58           Dallas -- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

59           Indianapolis -- Gerald Willis, DT, Miami

60           LA Chargers -- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

61           Kansas City -- Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

62           New Orleans -- Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State

63           Kansas City (via LA Rams) -- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

64           New England -- Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

77           Washington -- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

86           Baltimore – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

97           Washington -- Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma

103        Baltimore -- Terrill Hanks, ILB, New Mexico State

  •  I produced 15 mocks in 2019. The breakdown of players I selected at 15: Montez Sweat (6), Brian Burns (4), Devin Bush (3), Clelin Ferrell (1), Dwayne Haskins (1). That's 14 defensive players with 11 edge rushers. The lone offensive player came in the final mock. Why the flip? There's a combination of factors.
  • Among them, the idea of the Redskins regaining off-season champ status gained steam Wednesday with various reports. While I don't buy the idea of the Redskins trading up in any significant way, I do believe there's a good chance either Haskins or Drew Lock slips to 15 if the Broncos (10) or Bengals (11) pass on a quarterback. At that point, it's not hard imagining the bigger picture winning a tiebreaker between a passer and a pass rusher like Brian Burns, who was my selection in four of the five previous mocks.
  • One source told NBC Sports Washington that the Redskins have spoken with teams in the top 10 about moving up. Not really buying that, however. The Redskins have numerous needs and need all the draft capital possible. There is a good chance one of the top four quarterbacks is available at 15. There's been reported and sourced mentions of interest in Haskins and Jones.
  • It's worth noting that the interest in West Virginia quarterback Will Grier existed at least as of Monday, according to sources. If the Redskins wait, he could be a target.
  • Skipping a pass rusher at 15 is risky because of the limited options on Day 2 and beyond. Michigan's  Chase Winovich and Georgia's D'Andrew Walker are Day 2 options.
  • The buzz with Josh Rosen remains quiet for now, but surely roars should the Cardinals select, as long-rumored, Kyler Murray.  If a trade occurs look for teams in 22-32 range to make a move on Rosen's cheap contract. One source thinks the Patriots get interested and use the 32nd overall pick.
  • Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. in round one. He is expected to be an option for the Redskins if they trade down from 15. The Colts and Patriots are two other likely landing spots.
  • Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford's draft ceiling is 11 to the Bengals. Should he drop from there, several other teams remain possible, but the OL-needy Vikings did not get the warm fuzzies from the pre-draft meeting, per source.
  • Staying with the OL, at least one NFL team has Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom inside the top 15 of their 2019 Big Board. The Falcons are interested in Clemson DT Christian Wilkins, but Lindstrom might become Plan B.
  • \Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons is one of the true wild cards since the top-5 talent comes with a torn knee ligament and off-the-field concerns. Simmons is expected to hear his name called in the first with the Eagles and Colts among the likely landing spots.
  • One potential regret: Sticking with Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery in the first over Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin. Tillery, an inconsistent but impressive talent, feels a like a slider into Day 2, but he's been my selection for the Chargers throughout the draft process.
  • Speaking of the corners, it feels like LSU's Greedy Williams and Georgia's DeAndre Baker are dropping some while Ya-Sin's projection moves into the first.
  • Michigan CB David Long's ceiling is now the 30s, per source, though his public big board status typically falls into round  3.

 

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Quinn Cook rocks Sean Taylor jersey to Warriors-Clippers Game 5

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Quinn Cook rocks Sean Taylor jersey to Warriors-Clippers Game 5

Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of Sean Taylor being drafted by the Washington Redskins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook took the occasion to pay tribute to the late Redskins legend.

Cook, a D.C. native who attended DeMatha and Oak Hill for high school, rocked a Taylor #21 jersey as he entered Oracle Arena for the Warriors' playoff game against the Clippers. 

It was a touching visual, and a powerful reminder of Taylor's incredible legacy not only within the Redskins, but the entire D.C. sports world.

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