Having already ticked off incumbent Jason Campbell by trying to trade for Jay Cutler to replace him in early April, do the Washington Redskins ensure a change at quarterback by doing whatever’s necessary in the first round of this weekend’s NFL draft to trade up from the 13th pick for the right to choose USC passer Mark Sanchez?
Here are the Redskins’ main options:
1. Decide that Sanchez is the franchise quarterback they haven’t had since Joe Theismann in the 1980s and give up whatever they have to for him: their entire 2009 draft (five picks), next year’s No. 1, receiver Santana Moss, maybe even tight end Chris Cooley.
2. Realize they were 6-2 with Campbell at midseason 2008 and give him more help by using the 13th pick on an offensive tackle such as Alabama’s Andre Smith or Mississippi’s Michael Oher (if they haven’t already been selected).
3. Choose Texas passusher Brian Orakpo (if he’s there), who could fill either of the defense’s holes: left end or strongside linebacker.
4. Trade down for more picks if Sanchez, Orakpo, Smith and Oher are all gone.
5. Use the 13th pick on the best available player at a need position. This could wind up being a choice between USC linebackers Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing.
6. Go for the top end on the board such as LSU’s Tyson Jackson, Penn State’s Aaron Maybin, Florida State’s Everette Brown or Northern Illinois’ Larry English.
- David Elfin
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