As a follow-up to my Washington Redskins pre-draft position grades, I will be updating each review for the next few weeks. Today's first installment is the Quarterback position.
Pre-Draft Grade: B+
Pre-Training Camp Grade: B+
What was said pre-draft: As of today, Kirk Cousins is the Redskins starting QB. He remains on the franchise tag and the expectation is that he'll play on that this season. Cousins has proven to be a good fit for Gruden's system. There's times he looks elite, there's times he looks average and there's even times he looks below average. But overall, he's done a solid job as the team's starting QB. I also believe the Redskins have decent insurance policies behind Cousins. McCoy may be a joke to some, but he's a gamer who can be productive in this system, if needed. Sudfeld still has much to learn, but he too is a gamer and has the livest arm on the team. He has a chance to at the very least be a high end backup.
New Notes: There was uncertainty around whether or not the Redskins would spend a draft pick on the QB position. I think the chances of that happening went down drastically when former general manager Scot McCloughan was booted from the facility.
Kirk Cousins is still with the team and unless a deal is struck by July 17th, he will remain on the franchise tag. As noted pre-draft, he's done a solid job as the team's starting QB and that alone is hard to find in the league. He still has to work on becoming a lot more reliable and consistent. However, he's a more than competent QB in this system. I do wonder, however, how he'll fare this season with new faces at receiver. Not to mention, Head Coach Jay Gruden is back to calling plays. My expectation is that this will be a more aggressive offense with more downfield passes. That's not necessarily a strength for Kirk Cousins. But that could be the next step in his game. We'll see.
I'm interested in monitoring second-year QB Nate Sudfeld this training camp and pre-season. I don't think many expect him to ever become a starter and he may not. But what he will have to continue doing is prove he can be a reliable back-up. I think he has a lot of talent. But he also has a lot to groom. Although, new glorified general manager Doug Williams had some interesting remarks about Sudfeld earlier this week. It will be interesting to see what kind of progress he's made come training camp.