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Redskins Could Be in Sanchez Business

Apr 15, 2009 – 3:30 PM
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Three weeks ago, the Redskins' interest in quarterback Mark Sanchez was strictly pre-draft scouting and due diligence. Now, with the NFL draft 10 days off, it sounds a lot more like owner Dan Snyder has fallen in love. Again.

After losing out in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes -- and subsequently having to reassure Jason Campbell that he's the team's starter (for now) -- the 'Skins might be in the quarterback business come draft day. When I wrote about it last month, it seemed far-fetched; I even joked that Snyder had been taking his anti-insanity meds:

"I suspect the fog of draft day might cloud Dan Synder's judgment -- particularly if Matthew Stafford and Sanchez are still available -- but from the vantage point of five weeks out, the Redskins' pre-draft strategy seems like a relatively sane one. But again, a lot can change between now and April 25."

Maybe not, it turns out. Via the Washington Post's Jason La Canfora:
The Redskins have maintained strong interest in USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to team and league sources, and are evaluating him closely as a top candidate to be selected with their 13th overall pick in the April 25-26 NFL draft.

There is a possibility that Sanchez, considered by some to be the best passer in the draft, could be gone by the time Washington picks, but the Redskins have a history of draft-day deals and parting with future picks in order to move up. The Redskins were very impressed with Sanchez's workout at USC's pro day, according to sources, and the quarterback is scheduled to visit Redskins Park this weekend.
So nothing definitive, but given Snyder's track record, nobody would be surprised if he actually traded up to take Sanchez, other needs be damned. As La Canfora notes, "Sanchez would not fill an immediate need, but several other players possibly available with the 13th pick would." Like, say, Michael Oher, Andre Smith, Aaron Maybin, Robert Ayers, Everette Brown, any of the USC linebackers ... basically anybody but Sanchez.

If Sanchez is Snyder's guy, he would be the third quarterback the Redskins have drafted in the first round since 2002 (Patrick Ramsey, '02; Campbell, '05). This would seem to suggest that the front office might be better off going after free agents who have had NFL success. Except that's the strategy that got Washington in its current predicament.

Or here's a thought: maybe the 'Skins should hire a proper general manager.

In the meantime, we are -- along with Campbell -- left to wait and wonder. Common sense suggests that Washington wouldn't make a play for Sanchez, but, again, this is Snyder we're talking about. Sometimes he can't help himself.
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