Jay Gruden: Redskins not ruling out drafting quarterback
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the team is not ruling out the possibility of selecting a quarterback in next month’s NFL draft.
Washington has former first-round pick Robert Griffin III, former second round pick Kirk Cousins and 2010 third-rounder Colt McCoy, who also played for the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, on the roster.
“We’ll see,” Gruden said to CSN Washington about drafting a quarterback. “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.”
Gruden said time will tell whether the team wants to go in that direction and praised Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, the top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
“[Mariota] is a heck of an athlete, I’ll tell you that,” Gruden said. “And Jameis is a heck of passer. Two very good options to have if you are in need of a quarterback and you think you want to go that direction, then they are both worth going that direction for probably.”
Just this week, Gruden said that starting job belonged to Griffin, but that the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year has to continue developing as a quarterback.
“Then, from the Xs and Os part of it, you know, that’s just something he’s going to have to work through and figure out how to do it,” Gruden said.
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