Inside the Redskins draft: Quarterback

Inside the Redskins draft: Quarterback
April 11, 2011, 7:15 pm
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Monday, April 11, 2011 3:30 p.m.

By Rich Tandler
Need: With Donovan McNabb probably on his way out of town, Rex Grossman a free agent and marginal option even if hes signed and John Beck not exciting anyone, the Redskins need a quarterback of the present and the future. The free agent market will be very limited, making the draft the best option for filling the need. Target rounds: The Redskins are likely to use either their first- or second-round pick on a quarterback. In addition, they could also choose a second signal caller later in the draft, perhaps from the fifth round on back. Inside the selection It seems that the two quarterbacks on whom the Redskins are focusing are Christian Ponder of Florida State and Jake Locker of Washington. Word was that Shanahan would have made Locker the fourth pick of last years draft had he decided to skip his senior season and enter the draft. The Redskins have been scouting Ponder for a couple of years and he would be an ideal fit in the Redskins West Coast style offense. Who should they take if both are available? By most accounts, Ponder is the more polished of the two and would be ready to start sooner. Locker would need more work initially but he has a greater upside. The guess here is that Locker would be the pick but there certainly is a case to make for Ponder. Colin Kaepernick of Nevada is another interesting prospect should the Redskins not be able to get their hands on Ponder or Locker. Hes a longer-term project as his long throwing motion would need to be tweaked, but he has a powerful arm and thats one thing that you cant teach. Tandlers Top Ten QBs Prospects are rated considering where the Redskins might be looking for players at the position and the players fit with the Redskins schemes. 1. Cam Newton, AuburnGreat upside if he can adjust to NFL game
2. Christian Ponder, Florida StatePolished, but injury questions linger
3. Blaine Gabbert, MissouriHas the tools, but lacked big-time production in college
4. Jake Locker, WashingtonVery athletic but concerns about accuracy
5. Ryan Mallett, ArkansasGreat arm, but character concerns abound
6. Ricky Stanzi, IowaGood athlete, footwork needs polishing
7. Andy Dalton, TCUWinner, but arm strength a question
8. Colin Kaepernick, NevadaRifle arm but needs a lot of polishing
9. Greg McElroy, AlabamaVery smart, a winner, but arm strength limited
10. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia TechGreat speed and athletic ability, undersizedRich Tandler blogs about the Redskins You can reach him by email atRTandlerCSN@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter@Rich_Tandler.

Thanks to Wes Bunting, Director of College Scouting for the National Football Post, for his assitance.