Redskins, Lions Bluffing About Quarterbacks In 2020 NFL Draft
The Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions are bluffing about their quarterback situations heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Over the past few days, rumors have run rampant that both Washington and Detroit want to move on from Dwayne Haskins and Matthew Stafford.
The decisions would not make sense for either squad.
The Redskins just spent a first-round selection on Haskins one year ago. To give up on him now, particularly when he has not had an opportunity to prove himself one way or the other post-Jay Gruden, seems ridiculous.
Along the same lines, the Lions are in win-now mode. Head coach Matt Patricia knows that if he does not come away with a successful year, he is out. Drafting a quarterback when you have a single season to prove your worth is not the smartest of plans.
As a result, many have speculated that all the bluster about these teams being interested in new quarterbacks is just that – bluster.
Recently, Pro Football Network insider Ben Allbright essentially confirmed that this was in fact the case.
“There has been plenty of talk about the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions possibly selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft,” he said.
“However, sources at the NFL Combine tell PFN Insider Ben Allbright that both the Redskins and Lions see an opportunity to potentially trade down with a QB-needy team (such as the Dolphins or Chargers), multiply their picks, and still get top talent.
“Neither are interested in drafting a quarterback but are leaking this information to try to generate interest.”
That certainly makes a lot more sense. It is no secret that the Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers are all in need of quarterbacks.
The Redskins and Lions, meanwhile, will likely target defensive options that should be available in the latter half of the top ten no matter what.
Regardless of whether Washington and Detroit are ultimately able to trade their picks or not, they will likely take Ohio State’s Chase Young and his teammate Jeff Okudah back-to-back when it is all said and done.