Over the next 10 days, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir is going to examine the Redskins’ depth chart and evaluate potential needs in the upcoming draft, ranking them in order from least to most important. We’ll also to take a look at the prospects who could be a fit.
Current depth chart:
Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, Pat White
If you believe the Redskins are set at quarterback with a pair of second-year studs on the roster, you’d be right. For the upcoming season, that is.
But third-stringer Rex Grossman, 32, is on a one-year contract and costs about $1 million. Recently-acquired Pat White, meantime, hasn’t played football in nearly three years has never completed an NFL pass.
There are also questions about Cousins’ long-term future in Washington. He’ll be 25 in August, won his only start in 2012 and might be the team’s No. 1 come September, depending on the health of RG3.
Cousins wants to be a starter but knows it won’t happen so long as Griffin is here. The Redskins love the idea of having a capable backup to their franchise signal caller. In reality, though, the arrangement, as amicable as it is today, probably won’t last forever. And, if Cousins steps in for RG3 early in 2013 and performs well, his stock would never be higher than it will be in early 2014.
For all of those reasons, it’s never too early to start looking around for Griffin’s next backup, especially if he can be snapped up with a pick in the later rounds after more pressing needs, such as cornerback and safety, are addressed. If he’s not available, there’s always next year.
And one more thing: for anyone who thinks there’s simply no way the Redskins will draft another quarterback, just remember that no one expected Mike Shanahan to pick Cousins last year, either.
Three potential late-round prospects:
- Matt Scott, Arizona
A smallish (6-2) dual-threat passer, Scott passed for 3,620 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season. But he’s projected to be selected as early as the third round -- too soon for the Redskins to consider.
- Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
The younger brother of the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, he’s short by today’s standards (6-2), but he possesses an accurate arm and has enough mobility to fit in Shanahan’s scheme.
- Collin Klein, Kansas State
In 2012, the 6-5, 226 pound Heisman finalist rushed for 920 yards and passed for 2,641 more and accounted for 39 combined touchdowns. Might be a stretch. Might be an intriguing choice if he’s on the board in the seventh round.