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Redskins Draft Preview: Should the Redskins pick a quarterback?

Is it time for the Redskins to find a new QB? (Top left, AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File: Top right, AP Photo/Steve Helber: Bottom left, AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, FIle: Bottom right, AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Hey Redskins fans, the 2017 NFL Draft is on it's way and the Burgundy and Gold have a lot of options on how they can use the 17th overall pick. In the weeks leading up to Draft Day we will be looking at multiple talented prospects who could become the next star in the Nation's Capital.

The off-season drama surrounding quarterback Kirk Counsins' future with the team has dominated the headlines. The Redskins' signal-caller is scheduled to play under the franchise tag for the second straight year and wants a team to commit to him with a long-term contract. Rumors swirled about the possibility of Cousins being traded. Washington likely will not be able to afford to pay Cousins franchise tag money for a third straight year and if a deal can not be worked out between the two sides then Washington will need to look for a new franchise quarterback. Could they start looking in this year's draft?

Here are the top four options available if Jay Gruden wants to draft his quarterback of the future on Thursday.

Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Watson is an experienced winner, appearing in 38 games at Clemson and winning 32 of them, including the College Football Playoff Championship. Watson has a good arm, completed 67.4 percent of his passes in college and has a knack for making clutch plays in big games. However, the Clemson Tiger and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist needs time to clean up his game and add some muscle so he can live up to former coach Dabo Swinney’s Michael Jordan comparison and not become RGIII 2.0.

Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina

Trubisky has the prototypical physical traits of an NFL signal caller and completed 68.2 percent of his passes to go with 30 touchdowns last season. It has been said that he could be the most ready of this developmental quarterback class. Unfortunately, he does not have much experience lining up under-center and started just one full season at UNC, calling to mind another physically gifted passer with limited college starts: Mark Sanchez.

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

Mahomes’ physical traits have been the talk of a quarterback class with no true standouts. His improvisational skills on the field have led some to compare him to Brett Favre. Mahomes still needs time to sit and learn as he has to work on some mechanical issues and comes from the Air Raid offense infamous for producing NFL busts. Still, he can throw the ball over 60 miles per hour and completed 65.7 percent of his passes during his last season in Lubbock where put up an impressive 5,052 yards passing to go with 41 touchdowns.

Here he is throwing for a mind-boggling 734 yards against Oklahoma last season.

DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

Kizer is another guy whose physical traits should make him attractive to plenty of teams. He has a 6-foot 4-inch 230 pound frame, a strong arm and the mobility to score 18 rushing touchdowns in his two college seasons with the Fighting Irish. He put up very respectable passing numbers and is very confident in his ability as evidenced by his belief that he could be the type of player with the mind of Tom Brady and the body of Cam Newton. However, Kizer also has been criticized by some for his attitude. What might be the most troubling is his 2016 completion percentage, which dropped to 58 percent. He also occasionally missed some wide open throws.

Watson, Trubisky and Mahomes are all projected to be first round picks and would likely signal the end of the Cousins era in D.C. if one them goes at 17 to Washington. Kizer and others like Cal's Davis Webb or Pitt's Nathan Peterman could be had later and give the Redskins a player to groom for further on down the road.

(Top left, AP Photo/David J. Phillip: Top right: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez: Bottom left, AP Photo/Steve Helber: Bottom right, AP Photo/John Raoux: Bottom center, AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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