Since the Raiders released QB JaMarcus Russell on Thursday, there has been plenty of speculation as to where the 2007 draft’s No. 1 overall pick might end up.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks suggested the Bengals and Patriots as possible landing spots. NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger tossed out the Bills and Vikings as possibilities.
In his live chat Friday, NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan had another thought, courtesy of a former teammate of Russell’s, and it’s a good one:
“I had a great talk (Thursday) with Dominic Rhodes, who played with Russell in Oakland. His thought — which I totally agree with — would be the Redskins. The influence of Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan would give him the best chance down the road, with little to no pressure for at least the next two years.”
Added Kirwan: “He really is not capable of running an NFL offense at this time. If I were JaMarcus, I would immediately employ the same crew that helped Tim Tebow get ready for the draft — and at least demonstrate a desire to improve.”
Here is the complete transcript of Kirwan’s chat.