Here's something you probably knew: ESPN and the NFL Network make their NFL Draft analysts available to the general league-wide media via conference calls in the run-up to the actual draft.
Here's something you probably didn't know: For whatever the reason, nobody has asked a Redskins question during this draft cycle. No conspiracy, just bad luck; All callers are placed on hold and presumably in order based on when they dialed in. Several of us on the Washington beat tried getting in touch with Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Mayock. Denied.
That changed on Wednesday. Yeah. ESPN's Todd McShay, on the day he released his latest NFL Mock Draft, received a Redskins question. Topic? Since Kirk Cousins might only be around these parts for one more year, who are some of the quarterbacks Washington could select with the idea of developing into a potential starter down the line.
Well, it's a worthy topic, even if one that foreshadows doom and gloom with a Cousins departure.
"My list would be this," McShay began. "Nate Peterman from [Pittsburgh. Josh Dobbs, Tennessee. Davis Webb from Cal, another guy coming from that "Air Raid" system.
McShay previously stated Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes, who also played in the predominantly spread offense known as "Air Raid," would need significant time to develop. "He's got a big-time arm and I like [Webb's] ability to go through some different reads. When you boil down some of his throws that were more pro-style, I thought he just made a lot of good throws and hit spots and had really good touch on the deep ball."
More tiers followed.
"After that probably (Miami's) Brad Kaaya, who lacks arm strength and had some mechanical issues behind an offensive line that was terrible protecting him," McShay said. "But Kaaya has fast eyes, great football intelligence. He's really accurate when he's in a rhythm."
Projections vary depending on the site/analyst, but Peterman and Davis are often viewed as Day 2 selections with Dobbs and Kaaya in the Round 4-6 range.
McShay dutifully adding a few other names: C.J. Beathard (Iowa), Chad Kelly
- C.J. Beathard (Iowa) -- Like Kaaya, his offensive line "couldn't protect
- Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) -- "Has ability that would put him in the second day of the draft, but has off-the-field issues" that bring into question his work ethic.
* McShay, while acknowledging this class doesn't have many stud offensive linemen, praised the depth at the interior positions, including guards Dan Feeney (Indiana), Dion Dawkins (Temple) and converted tackle Antonio Garcia (Troy). Left guard is Washington's weakest spot along the offensive line entering 2017.
* As for his mock draft 3.0 (Insider), McShay has the Redskins going with offense: