Saturday, March 6, 2010

Redskins should take a run at Jared Gaither

Let's say that Shanahan decides he won't be able to get a quarterback he's in love with at the four pick.

The Ravens excellent (and still very young) left tackle has only been given a first round tender, not first and third.  If the Redskins draft Russel Okung they will be hoping that he develops to Gaither's level.  There is a much larger probability he will be adequate but not Gaitherish, and a smaller but not insignificant possibility he will just be lousy.

Why not overpay Gaither a little and hope the Ravens choose not to match?  Yes he has had some injuries and therefore poses a risk.  But isn't he still less of a risk than a rookie?

The Ravens already have Michael Oher on hand... so they just might be willing to let Gaither go.

7 comments:

  1. So they get Jim Zorn and his dodgeball drills, and we get a Maryland lineman who's actually *good* at the position he plays...sounds good to me!

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  2. Oh admit it - you'll miss the pad-chucking drills. I know I will. They made for great entertainment at camp. Jason Campbell might disagree, of course.

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  3. Only slight sarcasm intended--most of it directed at Stephon Heyer and not Zorn. In the good old days of September 2008 when Campball had decent pass pro, Zorn proved why he's still a highly respected QB coach. JC was lighting up the boards before the line collapse...

    I think the Ravens are lucky to have him mentoring Flacco, and whoever gets to blog about the pad drills should have fun with it too!

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  4. I think that bringing in a recently injured, but proven LT at the cost of a 1st rounder, is more of a risk than drafting the best T in the draft. Besides, after you get Gaither, he will want 4th pick type money.

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  5. Dave,
    Here's a scenario for you:
    The Skins take Clausen at #4 and trade the Ravens #37 for Gaither.
    Then Shanahan gets his QB of the future and the Skins get a proven LT, something not guaranteed in round two.

    Okung however is worth #4 based on what I've seen of him and he'll be ideal in Shanahan's zone blocking scheme.

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  6. If the Ravens could be talked into it, that would be fantastic. But why would they give away a franchise left tackle for so little?

    If there's any way to get both a top OT and a franchise QB I hope they're working on it.

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