Here's what we do know, that is not hindsight----aside from some very well placed last minute smoke, the Redskins had no intentions of drafting Blaine Gabbert. The Redskins goal in the draft was to draft an outside linebacker in the first round. We also know that we had poor depth, with not a lot of draft picks to work with.
(And can I just say, the irony of complaining about a front office "playing it safe" in the same sentence as complaining about a team trading for a offensive lineman coming off major hip surgery and a 35-year old quarterback with known attitude problems has not been lost on me.)
Those are the things we KNOW.
Now, imagine you are in that situation. You need draft picks, you've got poor depth. One of the quarterbacks who you maybe would've taken a chance on is off the board (Locker, and LL insists he wasn't ever really in play), and the other one your OC likes (Dalton) has no value at number 10.
Now imagine if you will, if you had a lot of holes to fill, and a position you were looking for, and this quarterback you don't want at number 10. And all the sudden, the Jaguars call up with a trade offer.
1.) Realize that the two guys you've been really targeting in the draft (Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan) have a real shot at being there at 16, and that the extra draft picks you gain will be crucial in helping to rebuild your franchise?
2.) Ignore all those gaping holes, take a player at a position you weren't really looking to address in the first round, and then pray you got lucky enough that another team would call you up and want to trade up in the second round to get someone else.
Which one seems like the more logical choice? Please answer the question honestly.