All it took was one phone call for the Washington Redskins to acquire a quarterback they’ve been eyeing for years. But their recent trade for Kevin Hogan doesn’t rule out the possibility of drafting another quarterback at the end of the month.
“When we get to [No.] 13, we’ve got to see who’s there,” Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams said in an interview with The Washington Post. “If there’s a quarterback that we feel should have gone [at the top of the draft], then that’s a major discussion. To say it’s off the table, that would be unfair.”
Redskins brass never expected Jonathan Allen, a former Alabama pass-rusher with Pro Bowl potential, to fall to them in the 2017 NFL draft, and his 17th-overall selection was considered a steal by many. Highly-regarded quarterbacks can sometimes slide as well, as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers slipped to No. 24 in the 2005 draft. The Houston Texans also proved that quarterback value can be attained in the 10-20 range with their selection of Deshaun Watson last year at No. 12.
“Nobody could have told us that Jonathan Allen was going to be there. And that’s where that ‘best player available’ comes into play,” said Williams, who spoke at the conclusion of the 10th annual Washington Football Legends Scholarship Gala Saturday night in Bethesda.
The addition of Hogan, a McLean native and former star at Washington, D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School, briefly brought the Redskins’ quarterback total to four, with starter Alex Smith and backups Colt McCoy and Stephen Morris already in the fold. But on Monday, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Morris had been released.
The Redskins have been interested in Hogan since before the 2016 NFL draft, when the former Stanford signal-caller was selected by Kansas City in the fifth round. And when the Chiefs waived Hogan a few months later, “we put in a claim for him, but Cleveland got him,” Williams said.
The Browns have drafted five quarterbacks since 2010, including McCoy, a third-round pick that year, and two first-rounders: Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel. But even after trading for Hampton native Tyrod Taylor last month, Cleveland is expected to select another signal-caller with either the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in a couple of weeks.
While the Browns didn’t see the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Hogan as a fit, the Redskins see plenty of potential in the 25-year-old, who spent much of last season as DeShone Kizer’s backup and completed 60 of 101 passes for 621 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight career games.
After Hogan’s agent was granted permission to seek a trade for his client, the Redskins called the Browns and the deal was set in motion. Washington traded its 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 188 overall) to Cleveland in exchange for Hogan and the Browns’ 2018 sixth-round pick (No. 205 overall).
“We’ve got Alex, we’ve got Colt, and we’ve got a 25-year-old that has a chance to learn behind two pretty good veterans,” Williams said, two days before Morris’s release.
The Redskins’ front-office executive also laid to rest any speculation that McCoy’s roster spot will be impacted by the addition of Hogan.
“Colt McCoy is one of the best guys you’d ever want in your locker room and on your team,” Williams said, highlighting McCoy’s 2014 performance in Washington’s 20-17 overtime victory over the rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in 2014. “Colt McCoy is very valuable to this organization. Very.”
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