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By Ryan Wilson
NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang ranks Oklahoma State Brandon Weeden fifth among draft-eligible quarterbacks behind Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannenhill and Brock Osweiler. NFL Network's Mike Mayock has Weeden fourth.
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We mention this because of something Sports Illustrated's Don Banks noted in his latest mock draft regarding the Redskins, their No. 6 pick, and franchise quarterbacks.
"(LSU cornerback Morris) Claiborne is likely the safest pick for the Redskins in this scenario, but so much hinges on what the Redskins do at quarterback in free agency. I gave them Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill in my first mock, but here's an interesting theory I heard recently that makes some sense: Mike Shanahan loves Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who he coached in the Senior Bowl, and might try to trade down into the 20s of the first round to take him. Weeden is 28 and that scares a lot of teams, but he's mature and ready to play in the NFL right away, and the Redskins don't have time to wait around for someone to develop."
Worthing pointing out: Shanahan also loved Rex Grossman and John Beck enough to not pursue other options prior to the 2011 season. Predictably, Washington now has the sixth-overall selection in April's draft.
Then there are these tweets (sent Monday) from Farrar, who spends much of his free time watching film and evaluating players:
After watching a fair amount of tape, I'm convinced that the words "Brandon Weeden" and "NFL-ready" should not be in the same paragraph.
2/20/12 8:25 PM
Weeden doesn't have the gun to hit tight windows, needs work on touch passes, and doesn't adjust to WR re-direction. Zone passer.
2/20/12 8:28 PM
@johndsandell Not saying that Weeden is horrible. Saying that there are certain things I look for re: NFL-ready, and I don't see them here.
2/21/12 8:44 AM
Maybe Weeden isn't the next Chris Weinke. And honestly, it's too early to pass judgments on anyone -- it's February, after all -- but if the Redskins are truly serious about finding a quarterback then they should give serious consideration to trading up for Griffin, trading down for Tannenhill or making a play for Matt Flynn (or Peyton Manning -- or whomever they fall in love with in free agency).
The point: don't settle. Look where that's gotten you.
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