Friday, April 17, 2009

Mark Sanchez vs. Jason Campbell: The Redskins' Biggest Draft Day Question

With the NFL Draft approaching, ESPN's Mel Kiper has been extremely busy with his mock drafts and player projections.a

In Kiper's latest mock draft, he has quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC falling to the Washington Redskins at No. 13. In all reality, Sanchez will most likely not be available at No. 13, but if he was to fall to No. 13, what should the Redskins do?

Jason Campbell, the incumbent to the Redskins' QB position, is in his final year of his contract. And by all indications, Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato have no interest in re-signing him, and even less confidence that he is a "franchise" quarterback.

Campbell has been the center of several trade rumors this offseason. The most notable one had the Redskins dumping Campbell (and way too many draft picks) for Jay Cutler.

So the question that is being asked is—Who has a brighter future, Mark Sanchez or Jason Campbell?

Sanchez is coming off a tremendous season. He went 11-1 last season as the USC QB. He put up remarkable numbers in all the passing categories. There is only one huge problem with Sanchez, and that is his limited college experience (he started only 16 collegiate games).

Campbell, on the other hand, was drafted in 2005 to be the next Super Bowl quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

He hasn't exactly lived up to his expectations. However, he is developing nicely and is entering his second season under Jim Zorn's West Coast Offense.

Campbell isn't even the biggest problem the Redskins have to worry about. With concerns at both the offensive and defensive lines, linebacker, and receiver, why draft a QB?

The Redskins' philosophy has been to draft the "best player" available instead of drafting for need. Sometimes this strategy is a good approach, and other times it is a horrendous idea.

In this instance, it would be an inexcusable mistake to draft Mark Sanchez at No. 13, and an even bigger mistake to trade up to take him.

Campbell is more than satisfactory for his position. Instead of trying to replace him, the Redskins should elect to build a team around him, starting with a new offensive tackle.

However, Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato are two of the most unpredictable people in the NFL community. So although it would not be in the Redskins' best interest to draft Mark Sanchez, it is a move that is not only plausible, but likely, if Sanchez was to be passed over by the 12 teams drafting in front of Washington.

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