Washington visiting with quarterback options in draft
The Washington Redskins seem to be doing more than typical due diligence on the crop of available quarterbacks in advance of the April 25th NFL draft. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Duke’s Daniel Jones and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins will both be in the nation’s capital visiting with Redskins officials this week.
#Duke QB Daniel Jones lands in the DC area today and will visit the #Redskins tonight and tomorrow. Washington will have both #OSU’s Dwayne Haskins and Jones in this week as they mull QB options at No. 15.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2019
The team will also host Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson on Wednesday, and has already hosted Missouri’s Drew Lock and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, per NFL Tom Pelissero.
Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson is visiting the #Redskins today, per source. They've already hosted Drew Lock and Jarrett Stidham, among others. Doing extra work on pretty much all the top QBs. https://t.co/2iAL7MUzL4
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 10, 2019
Washington seemed to prolong its need for a new franchise quarterback when trading for Alex Smith last offseason, but plans changed when the steady veteran suffered a horrific leg injury last season, putting his playing status for 2019 in doubt. The Redskins began addressing their likely need at quarterback early last month, trading a sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Case Keenum and a seventh-rounder. Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver last offseason after a career-best campaign with the Minnesota Vikings, failed to live up to expectations in the Mile High City, throwing for 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions during his lone season with the Broncos.
The Redskins will have multiple qualified quarterback prospects to choose from when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round. Haskins, once considered a potential No. 1 overall pick, has reportedly seen his draft stock slide in recent weeks, while Lock has shot up the board after an impressive pro day last month.
In late March, Washington coach Jay Gruden alluded to the possibility his team will draft a rookie signal-caller, telling reporters the best player will start under center for the Redskins regardless of age or experience.