Should Redskins take a quarterback with the 10th pick in NFL Draft?
In one corner, there's Jason Reid, who advises Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan to do anything other than taking a quarterback with the No. 10 pick in the NFL Draft. In the other corner, there's Mel Kiper, whose mock draft has the team doing just that. (And ESPN's Todd McShay sees QB as the team's primary need.)
Reid writes to Shanahan: "Drafting and 'raising' a young quarterback would be just the thing to re-energize you. It's why you were so eager to find some way to get Sam Bradford last season despite the St. Louis Rams' clear message they were not willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick.
"This likely isn't the draft where you'll find the next Bradford or John Elway. Even your people at Redskins Park believe there is much more talent on defense than offense in this draft, at least in the top 20 picks.
"So do yourself a favor, Mike: Use your top pick on a defensive player and draft a quarterback in the second round."
Kiper sees the Redskins picking, specifically, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert with the 10th pick in his 2.0 mock draft.
"Gabbert might be more ready than [Cam] Newton to read defenses at the NFL level, and as a quarterback with very good accuracy, instincts and size, he could come into a franchise in Washington that might need him early. Gabbert is a guy whose stock rose a lot this year and will be under the microscope during the workout process. But what he doesn't give you is a quarterback who elicits a wide range of opinions or the boom-or-bust concerns many have with Newton and Ryan Mallett."
Gabbert is working with Terry Shea, a former offensive coordinator whose resume includes Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Matthew Stafford, Brady Quinn and Trent Green, ahead of the scouting combine that begins tomorrow in Indianapolis. According to ESPN, he's focusing on showing what he's learned in the fubball classroom and won't throw until Missouri's pro day March 17.
So you're left with stats, multiple mock drafts and videotape of Gabbert's work (Love: the footwork. Hate: the haircut.) with Shea and your searing memories of the Redskins' 2010 season as you decide whether the Redskins should take a QB with the No. 10 pick and if it should be Gabbert (see Doug Farrar's breakdown).
| February 23, 2011; 7:41 AM ET
Categories: Mike Shanahan, Redskins
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