The Washington Redskins pick 10th in the 2011 NFL draft, and with a ton of holes on the roster they could literally go anywhere with that selection. Obviously the team’s marriage to Donovan McNabb has fallen apart and if you believe they’re going to hitch their wagon to Rex Grossman you should probably have your head examined. The Washington Rex-skins they are not. So what will the future hold at quarterback for Mike Shanahan’s team?
Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert is currently the highest rated quarterback eligible for the 2011 draft according to Scouts Inc. and Mel Kiper. While I’m not sold on the guy, his measurables are undeniable. While Gabbert or Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett might be a better fit for Shanahan’s offense, would he consider a different type of guy?
Another guy we’re not 100 percent sold on is Cam Newton. But would the Redskins be willing to jump off that cliff? Owner Dan Snyder has been known to buy into the hype surrounding big name players and regret it later. Hell, the guy has even admitted it. Could Cam Newton be his next big target?
Several people have speculated that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has peaked the interest of Washington’s brass and barring any major developments, he should be there for the taking at No. 10.
While Newton is certainly immensely talented, there is absolutely no consensus on what kind of quarterback he’ll be at the next level. Some scouts have compared him to Ben Roethlisberger, while others have said Byron Leftwich, Vince Young, or Daunte Culpepper.
Honestly, I have no idea what he’ll look like on an NFL field. I do know that he won’t be able to run the way he has in college. He might be able to get away with his running style for a year or two, but he’ll certainly wear down taking the kind of hits he’ll take at the next level. He’ll have to develop a lot as a passer if he wants to be successful in the NFL.
Would the Redskins be willing to roll the dice on him at No. 10? I’m not sold, but apparently there’s a lot of smoke swirling around this one. There is a long time until draft day, but this is certainly one story to watch.