A day after Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan wouldn’t rule out drafting a quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick, coach Jay Gruden reiterated there would be no hesitation to snag a signal-caller if there was consensus in the draft room.
“It’s something we have to talk about in-house,” Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting when asked if taking a quarterback would be starting over at the game’s most important position, per CSN Washington. “If we think it’s worth the risk to hit the reset button, if he’s that good of a football player, if we decide in the building that he’s that good of a football player that we think we should do that, then we should do that.”
With the Redskins investing heavily in the position in previous drafts, the talk of taking a quarterback high sounds like a smokescreen from Washington — one perhaps aimed at enticing a potential trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week: “Do not be surprised if the Redskins‘ No. 5 overall pick is open for business.”
In the past year, Gruden has been lukewarm — at best — about Griffin’s ability to quarterback his system. If Gruden and McCloughan believe one of the rookies presents a better option at football’s most important job, they won’t hesitate to slam that reset button on draft day.