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OPEN THREAD: Will the Redskins draft a QB in 2016?

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OPEN THREAD: Will the Redskins draft a QB in 2016?

Depending where you look, the same story gets laid out about the 2015 Redskins team: Expect little to no improvement. Picked to finish last in the NFC East by both Las Vegas wise guys and national NFL media, the odds would point to another high draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Does that mean Washington gets back into the quarterback pool?

By now the story of Robert Griffin III is well told; the 'Skins mortgaged their future to trade up for Griffin in 2012. For one season, the bold move looked brilliant, but after that, two years of injuries, inaccuracies and drama, the strategy now seems a waste. Certainly, that notion can be dispelled this fall if RG3 bounces back and plays like he did as a rookie. 

If he doesn't, however, next year's draft becomes very interesting.

There was much speculation that GM Scot McCloughan might add a QB via the draft this year, albeit a later round pick. That didn't happen, though the Redskins did sign Washington State's Connor Halliday as a free agent before he abruptly quit without suiting up in Washington.

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Barring a very unforeseen move, the Redskins will enter the 2015 campaign with the same three QBs that played in 2014: Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. It seems highly unlikely that all three will be with the team next season. Does that mean a new QB comes to D.C.?

Mock drafts are a tricky business even in the days leading up to the first round, let alone nearly a year away. Yet it remains interesting that most 2016 mock drafts of note have the Redskins taking a quarterback with a Top 10 pick. Most connect Washington to Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, others link the Redskins to Cal passer Jared Goff. 

The prevailing theory runs that if Washinton is again drafting in the Top 10, Griffin will probably be on his way out. If that happens, QB again becomes a need.

Let us know what you think of Hackenberg, Goff and if the 'Skins will be looking quarterback in the next draft. 

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.

As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington. 

That's serious stuff.

Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:

  1. Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market. 
  2. Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  3. Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold. 
  4. Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never. 

 

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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