Drafting a franchise QB all about timing

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The Redskins picked a good year to be bad. Thanks to a lousy record in 2011, they were able to trade up and get the second overall pick. And then took Robert Griffin III. And then avoided needing to look for a quarterback this spring.

It's a lousy year to need a quarterback.

"I don't think there's any quarterback worthy of going that high," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said.

He's not alone in that sentiment. There's no consensus over who the top quarterback in the draft is, nor is anyone sold that one of them will be selected in the top 10. That would make it the first draft since 2000 in which no quarterback was chosen in the top 10 -- Chad Pennington was the first at No. ?18, and the second quarterback wasn't taken until the 65th pick (Giovanni Carmazzi). Of course, the best quarterback in that draft was Tom Brady, a sixth-round pick.

Last year's class produced three legitimate starters: Griffin, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Two others started but had typical rookie seasons: Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden. In 2011, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton shined as rookies (the former more so).

This year, it's all about preference. Take your pick: West Virginia's Geno Smith; N.C. State's Mike Glennon, a Westfield alumnus; USC's Matt Barkley; Arkansas' Tyler Wilson; and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib all have merited attention. So has Florida State's EJ Manuel.

Kiper's first big mock draft did not have any of these quarterbacks going in the first round. Why? Because the teams that really need them pick in the top 10, and none deserves to go that high. For now, Kiper rates Glennon as a "sleeper QB with upside."

"He can see the field, he's smart, he maneuvers well in the pocket, he's very accurate and throws a great ball and can throw into tight windows," Kiper said.

But is he a franchise-type QB? That's what the Redskins needed -- and found -- last year. They would have a difficult time finding one in 2013. Getting that guy apparently takes more than scouting; it takes fortunate timing.

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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