Keep the notion that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder as we circle back for another chat about the drafted rookie class of NFL quarterbacks. The Washington Redskins kept Nate Sudfeld on their 53-man roster rather than expose the sixth-round pick to waivers where another team could claim him.
Three of the 15 passers selected in the 2016 NFL Draft -- Kevin Hogan, Jake Rudock, Jeff Driskel -- were released Saturday. On Sunday, all have a new home. It's a mixed bag of results in terms of determining whether the Redskins made the right choice. What happened with the other players released by Washington tips the scale in favor of the plan in place.
Two of three rookie quarterbacks did clear waivers and landed on practice squad. Rudock stayed with the Lions while Hogan joined the Browns.
Rudock reportedly impressed during camp. The sense is Driskell did not during his time with the 49ers. Regardless, the Bengals grabbed a player drafted 20 slots after Sudfeld.
All interesting, but circumstantial evidence. For one, we have no idea whether the Bengals, Lions or Browns would prefer Sudfeld over the quarterbacks they added. We also don't know what the other 26 NFL teams think of the 6-foot-6 passer. What we can clearly infer is that the Redskins are fans. Whether as a potential starting option or future trade chip or mere depth, they kept their guy, a long-term move I have zero issue with. Draft a developmental QB, let him develop.
The primary reason stated by some to dump the QB involved keeping a roster spot open. Guess what? None of the 22 players released by the Redskins Saturday were claimed off waivers. That includes fifth round pick Matt Ioannidis and Mack Brown, who led the NFL in rushing during the preseason. Both were safely added to Washington's practice squad. Veteran tight end Logan Paulsen signing with the Bears Sunday was the most notable loss and occurred at one the team's deeper positions.
Fun fact: None of those players nor any of the other 22 players released by Washington were quarterbacks. Three passers that were drafted and then cut all have new homes as of Sunday night. On the 53-man roster or not, they weren't without an employer for long. That's because everyone always needs quarterbacks. We should probably remember that the next there is a debate over keeping one versus the fourth, fifth or sixth of anything else.
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