Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Mark Sanchez is still on the Redskins wish lists (UPDATE)
Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post is reporting that the skins are highly interested in Sanchez, and they considering trading up in the draft for Sanchez. Oh yea, Sanchez is coming to Redskins park this weekend as well for a workout.
"The Redskins have maintained strong interest in USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to team and league sources, and are evaluating him closely as a top candidate to be selected with their 13th overall pick in the April 25-26 NFL draft.
There is a possibility that Sanchez, considered by some to be the best passer in the draft, could be gone by the time Washington picks, but the Redskins have a history of draft-day deals and parting with future picks in order to move up. The Redskins were very impressed with Sanchez's workout at USC's pro day, according to sources, and the quarterback is scheduled to visit Redskins Park this weekend.
Owner Daniel Snyder has sought a quarterback of the future since taking over the team a decade ago, and is very high on Sanchez. Snyder's attempts to trade for Denver quarterback Jay Cutler failed recently, and the team has made no long-term commitment to its current starter, Jason Campbell. Campbell's contract expires after this season and the Redskins made him available to at least one team during its pursuit of Cutler, seeking a second-round pick in return, according to league sources.
As for history, well, Washington dealt multiple picks for an additional first-round pick in 2005 -- and used it to select Campbell 25th overall.
Sanchez, a junior, made just 16 starts at USC, but starred and follows a lineage of highly-selected passers in that program, including Carson Palmer (a Pro Bowler) and Matt Leinart (who has struggled in the NFL). Several teams picking ahead of Washington could be in the market for a quarterback, with Detroit possibly taking Sanchez or Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford first overall, and Seattle, Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Denver also exploring those options.
Sanchez played in a West Coast system much like that used by Redskins Coach Jim Zorn. Sanchez looks the part of an NFL quarterback at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He is athletic, strong-armed and mobile for his size, but some scouts caution that it may take a substantial amount of time and seasoning for him to succeed after making so few starts in college."
However, drafting Sanchez will not fill a need for the skins. They need help at OL, DL, and at LB, and he adds some players that can help filled our need at these positions.
"Sanchez would not fill an immediate need, but several other players possibly available with the 13th pick would. Should a tackle like Michael Oher (Mississippi) or Andre Smith (Alabama) slip, the Redskins could target either as a starter on the right side, while Aaron Maybin (Penn State) or Robert Ayers (Tennessee) would fill a void for a young defensive end, and any of a trio of USC linebackers -- Rey Maualuga, Clay Mathews and Brian Cushing -- could provide help at strong-side linebacker, another area of concern."
And for the record, profootball talk is reporting that the the skins are targeting Greg Toler, cornerback from St.Paul (VA) in the thrid round of the draft. Why in the world that this team will focus on a QB and a CB in the draft is beyond me. But I not surprise by this. This team has a history of trading draft picks, and not scouting player well in general. This organization are run by people that don't have a single clue on how to run a pro football team from the ground up. I can rant on and on about Daniel Synder and Vinny Cerrato, but they always like to make fools of themselves by going for the sexy pick in the draft such as Sanchez and Toler instead of drafting a player for a need. If you don't believe me, then ask this question: Why this team draft TE Fred Davis from USC last year while we already have Chris Cooley as our starting tight end?
Skins interest in Sanchez, Still Strong
Sanchez, Toler on the Redskins Radar
UPDATE: According to the JLC from the Post, Sanchez has already visited Detroit, St. Louis, and San Francisco when he arrives to Redskins Park on Friday to workout. The team also give Sanchez a private workout in California with Daniel Snyder, redskins officials, and USC officials after seeing him at the NFL combine last February.