Even with signing veteran Alex Smith to a four-year deal, the Washington Redskins still have plenty of time to look at a young prospect in this year’s draft.
Last week, the Washington Redskins made it official that they acquired former Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith in a deal for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round pick. With Smith under the helm, Washington is set at the quarterback position for a few years but when Smith leaves D.C., they have to find someone to replace him.
The 2018 draft class is one of the best since the 2012 class and already four of the prospects are projected in the top 10 in most mock drafts. Here the four quarterbacks Washington can draft come April.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Jackson is one of the most intriguing prospects throughout the draft process. Many critics were questioning the former Heisman winner’s ability to play under center and started to say that Jackson will be a better fit at wide receiver. Even Jackson declined to do a 40-yard dash at last month’s combine so scouts can focus on his throwing ability. Lamar has proven many times that he can succeed in a pro-style offense he had in Louisville, and his skill set and athleticism makes him a lethal weapon in a NFL offense. If Washington drafts him, it will be good for Jackson to learn from Smith during his first few years in the league before taking off.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s Rudolph has been flying under the radar since the draft process begin. Even after throwing up over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns in his last seasons, critics question that Rudolph will be able to adjust to the game as well as his counterparts. Mason is projected to get his named called in Day Two and learning under Jay Gruden’s West Coast system under Alex Smith will be beneficial for the young signal caller.
Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
Lauletta’s name has been hot since his performance at the Senior Bowl in January, and Washington has already shown interest in the Richmond signal caller. In his junior year, he threw for 3,737 yards, tossed 28 touchdowns and completed 65 per day f of his passes. Lauletta’s style of play can be compared to Smith’s and Washington could draft the junior as his successor.
Luke Falk, Washington State
If you’re looking for a prospect compared to former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, it is Luke Falk. Falk has drawn similarities to Cousins throughout the months, including his arm-strength, coverage issues and lack of mobility. Even with the cons, Falk has proven to be a great pocket passer with throwing for over 3,500 yards and passing 30 touchdowns in his senior year while completing 67 percent of his throws in the process. Washington might stay safe and draft Kirk Cousins 2.0 next month.