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Shanahan: Lockout won’t stop Redskins from drafting a QB

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan needs a new young quarterback to mold.  And he’s not going to shy away from grabbing one in the draft just because a work stoppage may delay any rookie’s progress.

No, that doesn’t bother me,” Shanahan said Tuesday via Mike Jones of the Washington Post.  “I think everybody’s in the same situation, bringing in a rookie quarterback or even a veteran quarterback. I don’t care what it is, if someone’s not familiar with your system, it’s going to take some time.”

If anything, we think the lockout will help rookie quarterbacks get selected even higher than they should.  Teams like the Redskins aren’t likely to have the chance to solidify their depth chart before the draft.  That will make guys like Shanahan more antsy to find a rookie. The tricky part for Washington is they could be in a no man’s land with the No. 10 pick.

Unless they trade up, we suspect the Redskins won’t get a chance to acquire Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton. Taking Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, or Christian Ponder that high looks like a stretch.

There is a good group of second tier prospects including Ponder, Colin Kaepernick, and Andy Dalton, but the Redskins are short two mid-round picks this season so they have to use their picks wisely.   One of those mid-round picks was used in the Donovan McNabb trade last year.

They overpaid for McNabb and we suspect Shanahan may overpay for a rookie quarterback this year to make up for it.

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41 Responses to “Shanahan: Lockout won’t stop Redskins from drafting a QB”
  1. mightymightylafootball says: Mar 24, 2011 10:13 AM

    Has to be done.

    ~ Skins “Fan”

  2. northeastern31 says: Mar 24, 2011 10:13 AM

    I always knew Mcnabb sucked.

  3. drnefario says: Mar 24, 2011 10:14 AM

    Ummmm, last time I checked the Skins do have a 2nd round pick….so your point of them not landing a “tier II” QB is, well, wrong.

  4. shallowfan says: Mar 24, 2011 10:16 AM

    I don’t think it really matters who they draft…

    (I was going to make some other remarks, but that about sums it up)

  5. jw731 says: Mar 24, 2011 10:21 AM

    Calling all Skins fans…..Easter is coming baby….Remember last Easter……When you got McNabb, and acted as if you just got the greatest QB in NFL history…..Where are you now?….Wasn’t getting McNabb for a couple of draft picks highway robbery?….Hello?

  6. eagleswin says: Mar 24, 2011 10:32 AM

    That pick, of course, was dealt for Donovan McNabb last year. They overpaid for McNabb and we suspect Shanahan will find a way overpay for a rookie quarterback this year to make up for it.
    ————————-
    Anything more than a low round pick was to much for McNabb. At this stage of his career he’s nothing more than an overpaid backup who, like Jake Delhomme, will get paid lots of money not to play, because GMs remember how they played 5 years ago.

  7. seabreezes51 says: Mar 24, 2011 10:35 AM

    Kolb might be available :)

  8. fordwuzanazi says: Mar 24, 2011 10:39 AM

    An drafting a quarterback will not stop the Redskins from losing.

  9. milburg2 says: Mar 24, 2011 10:41 AM

    Trade your 1st, 3rd and McNabb for a higher pick and select a ranking QB. If your going to draft the future of your franchise go BIG.

  10. bonerchamp says: Mar 24, 2011 10:42 AM

    Dan Snider is a douche

  11. maatopdogg32 says: Mar 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    The Redskins should either:

    A. Use their 1st Rounder #10 on WR Julio Jones and draft a QB with their 2nd #41. Then address needs with the later picks.

    or

    B. Trade down with their #10 pick and a possibly throw in their 2012 3rd rounder to balance everything out with NE for their 17th & 28 picks in the 1st and get (NT) P. Taylor with the 17th pick and then trade out of the first round with the 28th pick and get a 2nd, 4th rounder + a 2012 1st rounder from whatever team needs to move back into the 1st round. This would give them a multiple picks this year to address other needs like QB, pass rushing OLB, C, WR..etc.

    NE has multiple picks in each round and word has it they want to unload some of them because they can’t sign or fit everyone of them on their roster. I’d be happy with either option but if I were the Skins I would be talking with NE.

  12. h8dansnyder says: Mar 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    God forbid they draft an offensive lineman. 2008: Devin Thomas Fred Davis, Malcolm Kelly. Back-to-back-to back. Smart. Very smart.

  13. MichaelEdits says: Mar 24, 2011 11:02 AM

    Shanahan
    Shanahan
    Your Friendly Neighborhood Shanahan
    Spin a web
    Any size
    Where quarterbacks go to die
    Oh no! Drafted by Shanahan!

  14. skinsnut says: Mar 24, 2011 11:04 AM

    I am not sure what they should do with this pick. My first preference is to trade down for more picks. After that, they should draft either an offensive lineman or a speed linebacker opposite Orakpo.

  15. boysroll says: Mar 24, 2011 11:09 AM

    initially I thought we were in trouble when shannarat went to the 4skins. after seeing how horrible of a job he did his first yr I am now so glad my boys did not grab this napoleon power hungry jerk off. He reminds me of the owner…short, power hungry, backstabbing and not in tune with managing people with the ultimate goal of winning.

    This is going to end in another disaster and he will get canned within 2 yrs with the 4skin org starting over again as the rest of the NFC East dominates as usual…Look at that embarassing philly beatdown on primetime as an ex. of just how bad this team is and will be. HAIL SUCKAS!!!

  16. flyerscup2010 says: Mar 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    milburg2, they traded the 3rd for jammal brown and won’t be able to trade mcnabb because of his contract. nobody in the top 5 will want him regardless.

  17. davisjosh20 says: Mar 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    problem is, Rodney Hudson, the best fit for them, isn’t worth a top 10 pick, and won’t be there at 42. but they do need someone opposite Armstrong, but the kid out of Oklahoma State could be a good steal in the second or third round. Snyder has run this team into the ground. and why, explain to me why he felt the need to put himself in the NFL apparel commercial? It’s not as though everyone knows what he looks like. I do, but that’s because my Dar is die hard Redskins. and I’ve met him before. let Allen and Shanahan run the team, and you sit in your mansion counting newspaper money, Danny.

  18. sowcrates says: Mar 24, 2011 11:18 AM

    Why does Shany want a QB?

    He already has Rex Grossman!

  19. dclogicatlast says: Mar 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    @maatopdogg32

    Your 2nd proposal is asinine. Some of those trades are just wholly unrealistic. How in the world would the Skins be able to get a 2nd, 4th, and ’12 1st for a late 1st rounder. Maybe finagle a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.

    What the Skins need to do is pray that teams go QB crazy in the top 5 and Von Miller falls. The QBs in this draft are 2nd rounders in most years. The easiest way to fix a defense is with a pass rush. Offensive skill positions are 1st round luxury picks at this stage. Oline or pass rusher. Then hope Ponder falls into your lap in the 2nd.

  20. drop703 says: Mar 24, 2011 11:43 AM

    Mr. Snyder is keeping quiet (for now) and the Redskins have a lot of holes to fill. Who cares if he’s in commercials? Whatever keeps him out of the front office is fine with me. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan run the team now. If they keep the 10th pick then they should get the best guy on the board. Von Miller would have been my choice to team up with Orakpo, but he’s gone by then. I hope they trade down and load up but it all depends on how the draft goes.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Mar 24, 2011 11:46 AM

    Trade down and get a steal with Kapernick.

  22. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 24, 2011 11:46 AM

    i love how some of you guys will work out some trade while playing madden then throw it up here for the world to see like your some type of Genius..

    Only smart thing the skins have done in the past 5 years is draft Orakpo.. that things a freak.

  23. lunarpie says: Mar 24, 2011 11:53 AM

    In other words, you’re OUT Donovan!!!

    Good move Skins!

  24. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 24, 2011 12:09 PM

    Trade #10 for somewhere later in the 1st and use that pick to get Andy Dalton. Went to TCU, like Sammy Baugh, he’s going to be a good NFL QB. Something we do not currently have. By trading down, we can get an additional pick somewhere else, since there are lots of holes to fill on this roster.

  25. skinscc says: Mar 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    I have an idea….Trade down from the 1oth pick to a later pick in the 1st round. Depending on how late it is go Christian Ponder, then in the 2nd round go with a pass rusher like a Brooks Reed. A WR can be found in the later rounds.

  26. bfridley says: Mar 24, 2011 12:16 PM

    @ drnefario

    The Skins have a second round pick???? Wow. I’m surprised. I thought they traded it for a new coke machine next to Danny’s office.

  27. boon613 says: Mar 24, 2011 12:16 PM

    I love how quick to forget Cowgirl fans are. Jason Garrett reminds me of Jim Zorn and Josh McDaniels. A glorified QB coach turned head coach. You may get 8 wins next season, but it’s all downhill after that…

  28. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 24, 2011 12:17 PM

    He likes guys that can run ala Elway and Plummer…..look for Locker to be the pick.

  29. maatopdogg32 says: Mar 24, 2011 12:18 PM

    @ dclogicatlast

    My 2nd proposal is not asinine as this has been done before. especially teams that pick in the lower half of the 2nd round or have no 2nd round pick at all. The Cowboys and Patriots have done this over the last few drafts. Also, Von Miller will not fall to #10 that’s unrealistic. Like I said the Skins should look at NE and getting those 2 picks and taking one of those picks and turning them into more and future picks.

  30. eagleswin says: Mar 24, 2011 12:26 PM

    dclogicatlast says:
    Mar 24, 2011 11:41 AM
    @maatopdogg32

    What the Skins need to do is pray that teams go QB crazy in the top 5 and Von Miller falls. The QBs in this draft are 2nd rounders in most years. The easiest way to fix a defense is with a pass rush. Offensive skill positions are 1st round luxury picks at this stage. Oline or pass rusher. Then hope Ponder falls into your lap in the 2nd.

    What if Von Miller doesn’t want to play for the Redskins? Remember he’s a named defendent in the Anti-trust suit. His name is there because he claims the draft violates anti-trust rules. He wants to be a rookie free agent.

  31. dpain540 says: Mar 24, 2011 12:30 PM

    Delete this comment please, it is offensive

  32. realfann says: Mar 24, 2011 1:03 PM

    Poor Dan Snyder is down to his last nickel according to Jurry Jones.

    He can’t afford another QB.

    I just can’t stop crying.

  33. parasonic says: Mar 24, 2011 1:29 PM

    Really hope Ponder is available at 41 (doubtful). We need an accurate passer that has played some in college and can avoid not getting killed behind the porous line (Ponder/Dalton and def not Mallet).

    Ideally I’d love to trade back but it depends on who falls to 10. If Jones is there I’m def calling the Patriots if I’m Bruce. They have no needs really, but they’d probably love a deep threat as good as Jones. I don’t care if they get better, Skins don’t play in the AFC East. Take their 17th and draft the Baylor NT then pray Ponder doesn’t get swiped the Bengals at 35. Dalton is a little reach at 41, but it’s a huge need and we don’t have a 3rd or 4th.

  34. skinsfaninillinois says: Mar 24, 2011 1:38 PM

    O-Line baby, O-Line, O-Line, O-LINE !!

  35. dclogicatlast says: Mar 24, 2011 2:15 PM

    @maatopdogg32

    At this point Von Miller is expected to go in the top 10, but nothing is definitive at this point. Last year at this stage no one had McClain or Alualu in the top 10, and most had Morgan and Pierr-Paul in the top 10. Look how that worked out. If teams go qb crazy it is definitely possible that Miller could fall to 10. Long shot, but possible (hence pray).

    As far as your trade:
    - Last year a late 1st round pick was traded for an early 2nd, 4th, and 7th
    - Two years ago NE traded their 1st for a 2nd and two 3rds
    - Four years ago, Dallas traded their first for a 2nd and following year 1st

    Your trade has the Skins receiving more than any of these trades (’11 2nd, ’11 3rd, ’12 1st), hence it is unrealistic.

    @eagleswin

    If the players win the lawsuit and all rookies are free agents then who cares who anyone drafts. Dumb point. If the draft withstands the lockout and the Skins draft Miller, he will play for the Skins. He’ll have $20 million reasons to do so.

  36. grpatriot says: Mar 24, 2011 2:36 PM

    Patriots would gladly trade up to 10 if, Quinn is available! Otherwise, I don’t see it!

  37. mjdkid100 says: Mar 24, 2011 2:40 PM

    0% chance the Skins dont get fleeced if trying to trade with the Patriots…I wouldnt wish for a Pats Skins trade….

  38. terrellochouno says: Mar 24, 2011 2:45 PM

    skinscc says:
    Mar 24, 2011 12:15 PM
    I have an idea….Trade down from the 1oth pick to a later pick in the 1st round. Depending on how late it is go Christian Ponder, then in the 2nd round go with a pass rusher like a Brooks Reed. A WR can be found in the later rounds.

    _____________

    I can agree with this somewhat, but searching for WR’s in later rounds landed us Malcolm Kelly & Devin Thomas. And Marko Mitchell. If we pick a WR this year, he needs to be a surefire homerun-hitter. Losing Santana Moss is HUGE, and as much as I like Anthony Armstrong, the guy needs a bit of seasoning & a better QB.

  39. tombradyswig says: Mar 24, 2011 2:47 PM

    in other news……
    lockout wont’ stop the Washington football club from SUCKING!!!!!!

  40. dclogicatlast says: Mar 24, 2011 3:07 PM

    @terrellochouno

    Thomas and Kelly were not later round picks. Thomas was the 2nd pick of the 2nd round, and Kelly a mid 2nd rounder.

    Skins just suck at drafting.

  41. mmskin says: Mar 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    draft julio jones with 10 hes a great blocker take a o line man with the 2nd and roll with rex for 1 more year and bring back mass for a yr or 2

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