SB Nation has come out with a new version of their 2011 NFL Mock Draft and not much has changed for the Redskins. They still have the 'Skins taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Here is their rationale.
Mike Shanahan appears to have a short-term starter for his team in Rex Grossman - who'd have guessed we'd be reading that sentence a year ago? - but the team still lacks a long-term answer. Gabbert isn't ready to play by any stretch, but he's got the tools and the smarts to eventually be a good player in Shanahan's system.
Let's go a little more in depth with Gabbert, because with the Redskins need for a qb and his talent level, he seems likehe could be a very real possibility for them. Here is part of his writeup from SB Nation's NFL Draft site Mocking the Draft.
As a pocket passer, Gabbert is loaded with potential. The first noticeable thing about Gabbert is his size. He maybe a legit 6-foot-5 and has and NFL frame at 235 pounds. His arm strength is at a top level, he gets great ball placement and his throwing motion is crisp and sound. Some of the bigger concerns about Gabbert – coming from a spread where he doesn't have to make many reads – are disconcerting but coachable. Because of that, Gabbert may be the kind of quarterback who is taken in round one but could be better served with a year as a backup.
So that may mean a full year with Rex Grossman as your starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins. That may not be the most attractive concept for Redskins fans, but if they have a "QB of the future" waiting in the wings, it may be something that they can stomach.