NFL Draft 2019: Even with Case Keenum, will Redskins take a first-round QB?

Case Keenum is the Broncos starting quarterback ‘right now,’ new coach Vic Fangio says

Case Keenum has been on the Redskins’ roster for less than two months and he already could have competition for a starting job.

According to Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, the team needs another quarterback to join Keenum and Colt McCoy.

Does this mean that Washington is willing to select a quarterback Thursday with the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL Draft? According to Williams, that option is on the table.

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“Well, the National Football League is a quarterback league,” Williams said during a press conference Monday, via NBC Sports Washington. “Case has done a good job over the last couple of years where he’s been, and you know, we needed a quarterback and was able to trade for Case.

“But that does not put us out of the realm of picking a quarterback if there’s one there that we like at 15. We don’t know who’s going to be there at 15. We’ve got some guys we do like, and if those guys are there, that’s the discussion that has to be had. …

“It all depends on the board. Who’s highest on the board at that particular time? If that quarterback is the highest, then we’ve got to pick him. Nine out of 10, it’s going to be the quarterback (if he’s the highest-rated). But if it’s not, that’s a discussion.”

At the moment, Kyler Murray is predicted to be the top quarterback to go in the draft, with Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones and Drew Lock also high on various boards. It’s highly possible if the Redskins feel that one of those quarterbacks fits the mold they are looking for, they will scoop him up.

Washington had an unfortunate 2018 season when it came to quarterbacks. Smith, who was in his first season with the Redskins, suffered a brutal leg injury that required surgery and likely will keep him out for most of the 2019 season. 

McCoy, who was Smith’s backup, broke his leg two weeks later, leaving Mark Sanchez as the starter.

As a result, the Redskins acquired Keenum and a 2020 seventh-round pick from the Broncos in March in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick.

Keenum started in all 16 games for Denver and finished the year with 18 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions and 3,890 passing yards.