Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan discussed what he considered a successful first NFL draft with Washington in interviews with ESPN 980 and 106.7 The Fan on Thursday, and he also addressed questions about the man (or men) first-round pick Brandon Scherff will be expected to protect.
McCloughan said he “feels very positive” about the Redskins’ quarterback situation. With Jay Gruden having announced in February that Robert Griffin III would enter the year as the starter, 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen asked why the Redskins wouldn’t just announce an open quarterback competition between Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy.
“It is open,” McCloughan said. “It is open, you know, but it’s Robert’s job to lose. It’s definitely wide open. And the thing about it, what Bruce [Allen] and Dan [Snyder] did before I got here, they did what’s best for the organization. He’s a really talented quarterback. I’ve been lucky to be around Brett Favre. I’ve been lucky to be around Matt Hasselbeck. I’ve been around Alex Smith. I’ve been around Russell Wilson. I’ve seen how they’re wired and how they do things, and like I said, all three of these guys have characteristics that really, really intrigue me. And I can promise you this: the guy that wins the job is going to be the starter Day 1. And right now, Robert has the opportunity to walk out there Day 1, he gets first snaps.”
Earlier in the day, McCloughan declined to give a percentage chance that Griffin would be the starter in Week 1 against the Dolphins in an interview with ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan.
“I look forward to him walking out there Day 1 when we start OTAs and taking control and proving to me and proving to this organization that he’s the guy,” McCloughan said. “Letting him battle, because Kirk’s talented and Colt’s talented. Let him compete his tail off and see what happens.”
McCloughan also told Sheehan the potential reward of the Redskins’ decision last month to pick up Griffin’s fifth-year option far outweighs the potential risk.
“For a guy to walk into this league and be the Rookie of the Year on the offensive side and win the division, is few and far between if you go over the history of the NFL,” he said. “I’m very excited about it. All I see are positives going forward. Now, there are going to be some setbacks along the way, but I’m looking forward to him staying healthy, and I’m looking forward to him being a really good football player for the Redskins.”