I believe evaluating the available QBs is a must, since Alex has not yet definitively asserted himself as the starter of the future. The two most likely candidates to make an immediate (or close to it) impact, are Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen. Clausen, IMO, will go 1st overall, while Bradford may fall to the Carolina pick if their pick ends up higher than Buffalo's. Here is the possible scenario that can result in this:
-TB: Don't need a QB
-Det: Don't need a QB
-Cle: May pass on a QB and take BPA...Berry?
-Oak: Will take the freak athlete, since none of the QBs have monster arms. Ryan Mullet maybe?
-KC: Too much money invested in current QB
-Was: This is clearly the best candidate for a QB, but there is something that tells me the Redskins sell the farm to get Kolb or another current QB. We know how this team fixes things, and it's usually not through the draft.
Two unlikely things have to happen, which is that Washington passes on Bradford, and Buffalo wins another game to draft after Carolina.
So now the question. What do we do if he does fall to us? My belief is that Smith has not proven to be the guy of the future and thus we need to do something, because we're going to loose good players to injury, FA, age, etc over the next few years, and without getting a QB by then we'll be SOL and possibly waste all the talent we have now. Smith has not shown me that he can take a team on his back and win the game because of the QB play. The closest I've seen was his game vs. the Texans when we were far behind, and this is not a performance that has since been replicated at all. The W/L column is not in his favor. The career passer rating (or even this year's passer rating) are nothing to write home about, and his TD/Int ratio, while better than before, is still nothing special. Can we honestly say that Smith has been better than Kyle Orton, Jason Campbell, Trent Edwards, etc? I don't believe so. This is not me saying that I don't think it's possible for Smith to develop into a good QB, but right now it's not there, and can we really pass on a possible franchise QB to give Smith yet another season?
So the next question is, how good is Sam Bradford? I was never a big fan, but I'm reevaluating now, and thinking that perhaps I was too critical. Any thoughts on what people think of this prospect?