Why the Redskins should draft him: They clearly don't feel Jason Campbell is the answer. Which means they don't have a quarterback after next season. Colt Brennan has a ways to go before he's ready to become even a quality backup. If the Redskins want to bring in a rookie QB, this is the season. They have Campbell under contract for this year, so there's no pressure to start a rookie. If Campbell does well, they could always franchise him and trade him. As for Sanchez, numerous scouts and evaluators say he'd be a good fit in the West Coast offense that Jim Zorn runs (and, for those looking ahead, Mike Shanahan – just in case). Sanchez has what Campbell lacks: charisma. He's more of a natural leader than Campbell, who draws praise for his steadiness more than quality leadership. The evaluators also like Sanchez's ability to make quick decisions, a key factor in the WCO. Washington has other more pressing needs. But if the Redskins draft Sanchez they could – could – solve their QB situation for years. Those who want patience with Campbell should know that teams who wanted QBs this offseason did not want him. One executive in need of a QB said he did not like Campbell's instincts.
Why they shouldn't: To guarantee that they get Sanchez, Washington would have to trade to the No. 3 pick. Sources we've talked to say that Seatt le, which picks fourth, still has him among the list of possibilities. Do you really want to give up next year's first-rounder, plus this year's first and third, to get Sanchez? Is he that good? Quarterbacks who are as inexperienced as Sanchez is coming out tend not to play well in the NFL. This almost feels like owner Dan Snyder is desperate to get a QB, having been burned by the Jay Cutler sweepstakes. Bad moves are made out of desperation.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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