Leading up to the NFL Draft, there was a lot of talk that the Redskins would select a new quarterback to compete with Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. Much of that speculation centered on the possibility of drafting Marcus Mariota at No. 5, though it became clear in the days leading up the draft Mariota would not make it to five. Sure enough, he didn't, and Scot McCloughan's suggestion that the 'Skins would bring in the former Oregon star never was put to the test.
But beyond the Mariota speculation, which was fairly hard to ever truly believe, there was an idea the Redskins would like to add another signal caller later in the draft, particularly on Saturday during rounds four, five, six and seven. Some names that were thrown about were Colorado State's Garrett Grayson and Oregon State's Sean Mannion. Grayson went early in the third round to the Saints, perhaps too early for McCloughan, and Mannion went later in the third to St. Louis. Mannion lasted all the way to the 89th pick, and considering the Redskins drafted just six picks later at 95, it would have been interesting to see if McCloughan called the former Beaver's name at that point.
The fourth round is where things get very interesting. Baylor's Bryce Petty went to the Jets at 103. Two picks later, the 'Skins picked Jamison Crowder. Many experts believe Petty will evolve to a solid NFL QB, and if McCloughan thought so, he likely could have made a move for Petty. Another name that fell, and fell hard, was UCLA's Brett Hundley. Considered a first round prospect last year, Hundley instead elected to stay at UCLA for his senior season, and in turn, slipped to the 5th round, where he was drafted 147 by the Packers. At 147, it's fairly obvious McCloughan could have had Hundley, but the interest was not there.
What seems clear is McCloughan was not interested in a new QB, as the Redskins traded down to acquire more picks and still did not select a passer despite the extra picks. And now, it seems McCloughan will bring in Washington State's Connor Halliday, a prospect with a big arm that was leading the NCAA in passing before a leg injury, as an undrafted free agent. If Halliday was the player McCloughan wanted, then the GM played his cards right in not using a draft pick and still nabbing Halliday.
The wild card in all this might be Kirk Cousins. McCloughan said before the draft he had not received official trade offers on Cousins, and perhaps the 'Skins would have drafted a rookie QB if Cousins was shipped out of town. But make no mistake, Cousins has more value than an undrafted free agent like Halliday, and unless a trade occurs, expect the same cast of QBs in Ashburn.
So why didn't the 'Skins draft a QB? McCloughan didn't see the value in the players available? Or was it because the team could not trade Cousins? Let us know in the comments.