NFL Buzz Blog: Is Ponder the man at 10?

NFL Buzz Blog: Is Ponder the man at 10?
April 28, 2011, 8:09 am
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Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:00 a.m.
Updated 10:45 a.m.

By Rich Tandler

Gosselin links Ponder to the Redskins
10:30 a.m.

I could literally do nothing all day but discuss the guesses of various mock drafts. There are thousands of them out there and many by very knowledgeable people.

But there is one who knows more than most. His mock is such a hot commodity that it is kept behind a pay wall. That is Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News. He has the Redskins taking Christian Ponder with the 10th pick.

The Redskins have had their eye on Ponder for quite a while. I also cover some ACC games and every time it was a Florida State game there was a press box seat reserved for the Redskins. It was an open secret that Ponder was the guy they were checking out. That goes back to 2009, so the Redskins have quite a file on Ponder.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post, as noted below, has long been saying that Ponder would be a good fit for the Redskins.

The only issue with taking Ponder at 10 is that they Redskins could land him later on in the first round. The accompanying issue is that he probably will be gone by the time the Redskins second-round pick comes up.

If they could do a few things. They could trade back a few spots and take Ponder in the mid-teens. They could trade back, get a mid-round pick, and then package one or more of those picks to move back up into the end of the first round and hope he will be there then. Or, they might just take him at 10.
Real Redskins: The case against Robert Quinn
04.28.11 10:10 a.m.

A month or so ago, I was on the Robert Quinn bandwagon. Now, after further review, not so much. I explain why on

Bunting on Gabbert's fit with the Redskins
04.28.11 9:45 a.m.

The talk of the Redskins trading up to take Blaine Gabbert somehwere near the top of the first round seems pretty far fetched but it won't go away. So, in the interest of covering all the bases here I asked draft guru Wes Bunting of the National Football Post via Twitter about Gabbert's fit with the Redskins. Here is his response:

He's atheltic, could work off the boot action game, but lacks a great feel in pocket, still like Ponder there more...

More about Ponder a little later.

Jones, Quinn appear to be keys to a trade
04.28.11 6:15 a.m.

Sometimes, fans talk about trading down in the draft as though it's something that can be done automatically. Unfortunately, the Redskins can't just take their tenth overall pick to the cashiers' window and get the 17th pick and a second, as though they were getting change for a twenty. It takes two to make a deal.

Yesterday, Mike Shanahan hinted at the keys to the Redskins being able to trade down:

I think, like we talked about before, if somebody comes up and, all of a sudden, at the 10th pick, they have somebody that they want and were willing to move back to pick up extra picks, yeah, that could happen very easily, especially if we get good value. It could be a wide receiver, it could be a defensive end, a linebacker. A team that feels very good about their football team and they have multiple draft picks and they said hey, we need that one guy or two guys that are going to be the difference in our football team, then a lot of times people move up and make that decision very quickly. If that happens, obviously, its best for both teams.

Did he slip up a bit here talking about wide receiver, defensive end and linebacker? Many believe that they two players teams are most likely to be interested in trading up for are WR Julio Jones and DELB Robert Quinn. Although possible trades are set up in advance of the draft, teams usually don't say who they would want with the other team's pick. However, Shanahan most likely looked at the teams who have been asking and figured out who their targets are likely to be.

This would lead us to believe that if you would like for the Redskins to be in a position to move down, root for Quinn andor Jones to be available at pick 10.

Hold on to your hats
04.28.11 4:00 a.m.

In case you missed it last nigh, Judge Susan Nelson refused to issue a stay to her injunction against the NFL lockout. In layman's terms, she ordered the NFL to open for business immediately.

While filing an appeal with the 8th Circuit Court, the NFL will have to start the league year immediately or face contempt of court charges.

We will get more clarity later this morning as to exactly what this means in terms exactly when free agency will start and if trades for players will be allowed during the draft. We would think that, at a minimum, players will be allowed to work out at team facilities.

Keep it right here all day for the latest. will be bringing you full coverage of the NFL draft live from Radio City Music Hall in New York. Our coverage will feature Rich Tandler's Marathon Draft Chat, starting at 7:30 on Thursday and staying live for every pick of the draft.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins You can reach Rich by email atRTandlerCSN@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.