La Canfora: Redskins 'sniffing around' No. 3 pick and QB Dwayne Haskins

Ben Krimmel
March 21, 2019 - 3:40 pm

Like a bloodhound chasing a fugitive through the woods, the Washington Redskins are on the trail of every viable quarterbacking option. 

One option: The New York Jets appear interested in trading the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Might the Redskins be interested in trading up from the No. 15 spot?

Well, quite literally like a bloodhound, "league sources say Washington is already among the teams sniffing around" the Jets' pick, according to Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora reports many are convinced Arizona will select Kyler Murray, the 49ers will go with pass rusher Nick Bosa, then the No. 3 pick would be sold to the highest bidder among team's desperate for a quarterback.

"The Jets are motivated sellers, I can put it to you that way," La Canfora told Grant & Danny Thursday. "They are not afraid to go all the way back to 15 and they feel like they can still get a relative blue chip player." 

And the QB the Redskins might be interested in selecting? Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins

"And obviously, the Redskins are doing a lot of work on Haskins and I hear there's people in that organization that are very intrigued by him," La Canfora told 106.7 The Fan.

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While Murray is currently the presumptive first overall pick, some people like Haskins more than Murray because of the size difference.

While the Redskins remain a likely spot to draft a QB, they did add Case Keenum to the roster via a trade with Denver to compete with Colt McCoy at quarterback. But La Canfora doesn't see the Redskins quarterback situation as finalized.

"Obviously that thing is unsettled," he told 106.7 The Fan. "Whether they do something bold for Haskins or not that there isn't somebody else in that equation going into camp who at least has upside."

"Unless they're doing a covert tank, which if you're doing that then why did you spend what you spent on a box safety? Then if you're (tanking) then just be Miami, like just be selling people off. So unless there's a covert tank involved I think there's going to be another quarterback there," La Canfora said.

On the whole, La Canfora says the rest of the league is looking at the Redskins with "as quizzical as an expression as ever."

"(People) are kinda trying to figure out what is the plan, 'cause the emperor has no clothes," he said. "Anyway you want to evaluate (team president) Bruce Allen since he's been the man there, and the buck stops with him, nothing gets to the owner without going through him, big decisions, small decisions aren't made without him signing off on it, he controls the budget, he controls the money, he controls Redskins football, I mean, it is what it is since he got there."

"Jay Gruden, yeah, he's on the hot seat," La Canfora told Grant & Danny. "There's been a lot of stuff going on in that organization that is happening sort of behind Jay Gruden's back or maybe next to him, but certainly not right in front of his face."

"So it's an odd situation, there's no other way to put it," he said.

Earlier this week a source told Eric Bickel of The Sports Junkies Gruden is "not being consulted on any of these moves, as of Friday. Now maybe that changed over the weekend, but I'm told he heard about the Landon Collins signing through the media. A guy in the media texted him."

"He's super frustrated, Bruce is calling all the shots. They're not consulting Jay at all. As of Friday, Jay was like, 'We have so many needs. We need linebackers, we need outside receivers, we have all these (needs).' And they had basically signed a backup quarterback (Keenum) and Landon Collins. That's about what they had done so far in free agency."

La Canfora says he doesn't know how you could evaluate the Redskins organization and believe the current regime is running things the right way.

When asked to respond to Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams' comments on scheme, La Canfora was at a loss for words. 

"I don't wanna say irrelevant," La Canfora said. "But like, (Williams) doesn't have a voice that's gonna carry the day. You know what I mean? There's two voices at the end of the day that matter: the owner (Daniel Snyder) and Bruce. Like that's the reality of that organization. It just is what it is."

"You're gonna have scouts and you're football people and evaluators and they're gonna go through their processes, but at the end of the day, what's gonna carry the day? (The football peoples') word or the opinion of those two other guys?"

"It's the latter," Danny Rouhier answered. 

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