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Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:00 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:28 am
Would Washington trade down for Weeden instead of trade up for RG3? (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson'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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And friend of the Eye on Football Blog, Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar, wrote Wednesday in a pre-combine post that "Brandon Weeden has all the on-field savvy in the world — and at age 28, he'll be given credit for the savvy he doesn't have — but he needs to display the consistent arm that will convince scouts that he can hit tight windows at the NFL level."

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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Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:38 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

I will give Shanahan credit that when it comes to smoke screeens, he's as good as they come. For the Redskins sake, this better be one of them. But history says that this just sets the stage for another colossal blunder from the most enept team in the last 12 years.
If the Browns want RGIII, they will get him because they have two first round picks to offer up.

Someone will jump up to the number # 2 spot to get RGIII. Be it the Browns, Dolphins or Redskins. If your the Rams, you've got to be smiling like a fat cat that just ate two birds.

Rams are going to bend someone over the headboard for a ton of picks and players. Let's see if they do it right where they get enough picks and players to make a difference on the field this coming season.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:15 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

Please Football Gods let whoever my inept Washington choose as the next QB be the right QB, PLEASE? I'm at the point that I don't care which way or who they get under center in 2012, but it must work because I simply can't handle all of the losing and front office ignorance that's went on for most of the last 20 years since Joe Gibbs 1.0 ended.

I want RGIII in D.C., but I'm fine with whoever as long as we get turned around and headed in the right direction. I understand the growing pains that can happen to young QB's early in their career and I'm fine with that as long as you can see the kid's the real deal! 

Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:04 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

Last year's draft was one reach after another for Quarterbacks. Newton was one of two top talents along with Locker whose down senior year cost him. Then came Gabbert (awful reach) and Christian Ponder, the pro ready QB. The Vikings were better with Joe Webb and that's why you don't allow not currently having a franchise QB to dillude yourself into making a 2-3 round talent a top 15 or even 1st rounder in many cases. 

Aside from Luck and RG3 who deserve to go 1-2. There are no other QBs worth a 1st round pick. I am intrigued that Tannehill was a WR so he still could grow plenty especially in the cerebral aspect of breaking down reads. I could see a team trade up to take him in the 20+ range. No one should be taking Weeden in the first round.He was in an offense that helped him look good and he had Justin Blackmon. It helps to have the best WR in country. I'd also take Kirk Cousins in a heartbeat over this guy. Most underappreciated QB in the draft.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:38 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

And by the way, what is there in this original story that could possibly cause two posts to be so objectionable that they had to be deleted by an administrator? Are you guys bipolar or something? 


Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:44 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

I will admit that I was quite disappointed when they traded the Gabbert pick away, but low and behold, they were right. Gabbert so far has been a complete bust.

Unlike regimes of the past, I don't think the Redskins can afford to trade next year's pick along with a 2nd or a third this year with all the holes. In addition to QB, they need a corner, a safety, a guard, a right tackle, and possible a WR.

If Griffin can slip to 6, I'd be happy for them to take him. Otherwise, I could live with Claiborne, Barron, A guard, then a RT and a WR next year to pair along with Matt Flynn.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:33 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

It doesn't matter what the hides do in this draft, they are light years away from being a contender anywhere. Why not just do it the way Gibbs did. Start building a new set of HOGS. Then you can win with anyone at QB. No Slight on Theisman, he was great, but that OL just like the Cowboys in the early 90's won the ball games.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:13 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

 Can anyone say "Chris Weinke" Sure Shanahan coached Weeden in the Senior Bowl, that's why he won't take him. If the Skins don't go after Griffin, Tanehill, Osweiler, and Foles are better (much) better options. Kellen Moore is even a better option than Weeden. Also, by the time Weeden learns the offense he'll be ready for retirement. Only one who ever pulled off a lay off like this after school, was Roger Staubach, and he was around 25-26. Weeden is no Staubach.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:20 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

The people buying this smokescreen are the same ones who bought last years Gabbert smokescreen!

Shanny and the new management are capitalizing on the Redskins old reputation of being doofuses supreme and the press and other teams, especially the press, are buying into it. At least some good is coming from our old bumbling ways.

I'm not saying the current regime is perfect but last year showed that they're committed to building a team the right way, adding depth, quality but not overhyped free agents, and so forth.

The Skins will take Manning or trade up for RGIII or down a few spots for picks and Tannehill. 

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:12 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

Weeden in the first round!!! That is desperate and stupid, something I would have believed if Vinny Cerrato was in charge.

Many experts said Shanny was in love with Gabbert last year and if he fell to us we would take him, and we traded out of the 12th to the Jags, en route to stockpiling 12 picks in total.

I don't think Shanny will crazy enough to trade that far down and lose out on top talent like Claiborne or Reiff etc... in the draft to take the 4th or 5th best QB in the draft. I think Weeden should be 2nd to 3rd round pick and if he likes the Man-kid, he should consider him at the skins 2nd round pick.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:49 pm

Could Skins be interested in Weeden in 1st round?

Lay off the crack pipe Prissy. But thanks for the free smoke screen you tard. 

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