The Washington Redskins gave up multiple draft picks to go up in the 2012 draft and select quarterback Robert Griffin lll, and they will get a first round pick for the first time since then. New general manager Scot McCloughlan may have a pick in each round to include depth and talent to a roster that really needs both in plenty of areas. Washington’s first selection is going to come at number 5. .
The Redskins will have to take the most effective player available with the fifth overall pick, be it a move rusher (Vic Beasley, Shane Ray), offensive lineman (Brandon Scherff) or perhaps a wide receiver (Kevin White, Amari Cooper). Now people are talking about the Redskins looking at Marcus Mariota, and drafting him can’t be eliminated with lingering questions about Griffin’s future in Washington beyond the 2015 season.
I think the best case scenario for Washington in the upcoming draft is all about Mariota, but they should not take him fifth overall and add him to the quarterback mix. If Mariota is available once the Redskins are on the clock, I expect multiple teams to attempt to trade up in an endeavor to obtain him prior to the New York Jets at No. overall. The Heisman Trophy winner seems like a great fit for the system of new Jets’ coordinator Chan Gailey.
Mariota falling to fifth overall stands to put McCloughan in a great position to trade down and accumulate more picks, this year and later years to come.
It’s still too early to call Washington’s move on drafting Griffin three years ago a mistake, even if it seems like it after the last two seasons. But if they can take advantage of a similar situation this year, and get a bounty of draft picks from a group that’s prepared to bet the near future for the right to draft Mariota, anyone in the draft 2015 fit nicely into place for the Redskins.