2011 NFL Draft: Scouting Reports For Potential Redskins First-Round Draft Picks

Which players rumored to be in play for the Redskins with the No. 10 pick in the draft make the most sense for the team? We'll break them all down here.

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NFL Draft 2011: Christian Ponder Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.

Strengths: Ponder is an above average athlete with an accurate arm. He is good at making plays with his feet, although I wouldn't call him fast, and he is good at making decisions and throwing when on the run.

Weaknesses: Ponder might not have the strongest arm, and he didn't dominate against College competition.

Redskins Fit: I think Ponder would be an excellent fit for the Redskins as a developmental quarterback. As I said up top, he has the kind of mobility that Mike Shanahan like to have in his quarterbacks, and an accurate enough arm to be a successful NFL quarterback.

Where He Will Be Drafted: Unfortunately, I can't really envision a scenario where the Redskins would have a shot at him. At this point I think he would be too much of a reach for the Redskins at No. 10, and I don't see him still being on the board when they pick in the second round. I think he will be taken somewhere in the late first round by a team trading back into the first round specifically for him. I don't believe the Redskins have the ammunition to make a trade like that happen.

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NFL Draft 2011: Colin Kaepernick Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Strengths: Kaepernick is a very good athlete with a strong arm. His arm is so strong, in fact, that he was also drafted in the MLB draft as a pitcher, two years ago even though he hadn't actually played baseball in a couple years. His mobility was perfect for Nevada's spread 'em out offense and he put up gaudy, and in some cases record-breaking, numbers. Last year he passed for over 3,000 yards, rushed for an additional 1,200, and scored 20 touchdowns both on the ground and through the air.

Weaknesses: We've seen a lot of quarterbacks that come from these spread offenses have trouble acclimating themselves to the NFL game. He probably did not have to make very many complex reads in College, but that will not be the case once he makes the NFL. Kaepernick has shown that he has all the physical tools to be successful, we just have no idea how he will translate to the NFL game.

Redskins Fit: I think that Kapernick (assuming he translates well to the NFL) would be a good fit for the Redskins. I happen to think more highly of him than others and think that he will make the transition. We all know that Mike Shanahan likes his quarterbacks to be mobile, and Kaepernick certainly provides that option.

Where He Might Be Drafted: It appears like Kaepernick might go somewhere in the second round. I could see him going early in the second round if a team likes his potential, but based on value, he will probably go closer to the middle of the second round.

If the Redskins decide to take a non-quarterback in the first round, they could take Kaepernick with the 41st overall pick and get a quarterback to develop. Or, they could trade back in the first, earn another second round pick in the process, and take him a little bit closer to where he is pegged to go. He won't go in the first round, but the Redskins will have a pretty good chance to get their hands on him.

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NFL Draft 2011: Mike Pouncey Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey.

Strengths: Pouncey has pretty good athleticism for an interior lineman, and should be able to make the transition to the NFL relatively seamlessly. We know that he has good bloodlines, his brother Maurkice made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year for the Steelers last year. It's not easy for an interior lineman to make it up this high in the draft, so he has to be pretty darn good.

Weaknesses: I'm not sure Mike has any weaknesses, but we have heard that he might not be quite as good as his brother is. Whether that means that he has to play guard or center, we're not quite sure. But I'm not sure I would say he has very many actual "weaknesses." He seems to be a pretty complete player.

Redskins Fit: As we all know, the Redskins have a lot of holes on their offensive line. Pouncey would be an upgrade to each of the three positions that he could potentially play at the next level. I'm not sure center/guard is the Redskins biggest need, but Pouncey would be a solid player for the 'Skins if they choose to take him.

Where He Might Be Drafted: I've seen Pouncey projected to go anywhere from the Redskins at No. 10 overall to the late first round. It's hard to peg where a guard might go in the first round because there are teams out there that probably won't give a player at that position a first round grade. But I would expect him to be off the board for sure by the time the Redskins pick again in the second round.

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NFL Draft 2011: Cameron Jordan Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Strengths: This is your prototypical pass rusher. He has excellent strong hands that can shed blockers with relative ease. He has an array of pass rush moves and has plenty of football IQ, much of which comes from his family. His father Steve played in the NFL for 13 season and made 6 pro bowls, so this kid is learning from someone with experience.

Weaknesses: He is not viewed someone who will succeed in space and showed a lack of explosion at times. Scouts worry that his size might make him a schematic tweener in that he may not be a perfect fit for either the 4-3 or 3-4. He had some off the field issues in 2008, which scouts wonder about, as well. 

Redskins fit: Like we've mentioned over and over, the Redskins need help along that defensive line. Anytime they can put themselves in a position to draft one will serve more good than harm.

Where he will be drafted: This looks to be someone who has the makings of a mid first round pick. He could go anywhere from 12 to 20 according to most mock drafts.

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NFL Draft 2011: J.J. Watt Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt

Strengths: This guys frame is very impressive for someone who likely projects as a 3-4 defensive end. He is 6-5 and weighs 290 lbs. He is that prototypical 3-4 end in that he s great at occupying blockers, clogging rush lanes and providing some pass rush when necessary.

Weaknesses: Because he lacks explosion, scouts view him as a good player, but not a great player. He is not the greatest pass rusher, and is not viewed someone who can provide consistent pass rush from the outside.

Redskins fit: The Redskins are lacking in almost every area along their front seven, and that of course includes the defensive end position. Drafting Watt could fill that need, though the Redskins are likely to look in another direction.

Where he will be drafted: Most mocks have him there for the taking at that tenth spot, and its like the Redskins (should they stay put) will have shot at Watt. The question is, do they want him?

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NFL Draft 2011: Nick Fairley Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Strengths: You won't see many defensive tackles with this good a mix of size and speed. He is 6-3 and 291 lbs and gets after the quarterback like he is a defensive end. He is a terror for opposing lineman because they either not as strong or fast as Fairley is. In addition to his pass rushing skills, he is an excellent tackle who has great finishing ability.

Weaknesses: Character, character, character. This can be applied to Fairley both on and off the field. His motor isn't always running in games, and is prone to taking plays off (uh oh, we've heard that before). When he wants to, he can be a force up front (sounds familiar) and can truly dominate games(hmmmm). But the key phrase is "when he wants to". Scouts are worried about that in addition to the fact that he only had one good year at Auburn.

Redskins fit: The Redskins could use a playmaker like Fairley along their front three. He wouldn't project to be a nose tackle, and would likely line up at the defensive end position. That being said, the Redskins can't afford to bring a guy who is rumored to have work ethic issues into their locker room. 

Where He Will Be Drafted: Early on in the process, he was a lock to be in the top five. But as time has gone on, there are some doubts that have made his draft stock fall. Will he fall far enough that the Redskins could have a chance to get him? Who knows, but if they did, Fairley could be a guy the Redskins use as trait bait to trade down in the first round.

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NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett.

Strengths: Arm. Mallett will have one of the strongest arms in the NFL as soon as he gets drafted. he can make any and every throw on the field.

Weaknesses: Mallett is not very mobile and has some trouble staying alive in the pocket and throwing on the run. He also has some trouble differentiating the speed of the throw when needed. This might sound kind of nit-picky, but Mallett has a habit of throwing underneath passes at 200 mph, which make them very hard to handle for his backs and tight ends. Lacks elite touch and accuracy. Showed some questionable decision making in some of Arkansas' biggest games, particularly against Auburn.

Redskins Fit: Even though the Redskins need a QB in the worst way, I don't think Ryan Mallett is a very good fit. Mike Shanahan needs a quarterback in his system who can move around in the pocket. That is the opposite of Ryan Mallett. He's more a Raiders quarterback than he is a Redskins one, if that makes sense.

Where He Will Be Drafted: Mallett has been plummeting down draft boards recently because of how he has handled the pre-draft process. He reportedly went out late the night before meeting with the Panthers and had to miss the meetings because he was sick. There are always teams that fall in love with QB's and could take them higher than they are projected, but I wouldn't expect Mallett to go earlier than the mid-second round at this point.

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NFL Draft 2011: A.J. Green Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Georgia WR A.J. Green.

NFL Comparison: Green is pretty similar to Calvin Johnson, without the elite vertical speed. But in terms of going up over the defender and coming down with the ball, he's in the same class as Megatron.

Strengths: Like I just said, A.J. Green can go up and get the ball as well as almost anyone I've ever seen. He is the ultimate "back shoulder fade in the red zone" type of player. He's going to come down with the jump ball 10 times out of nine. Has excellent hands and should be a favorite target of the quarterback. Very good height and agility.

Weaknesses: I feel like trying to pick out a weakness with a prospect like Green is nitpicking, but he doesn't have the most elite vertical speed. He's not slow, by any means, I'm just saying he isn't a young Randy Moss. He can still get by a defender, he just might get caught by the speedier defensive backs before he reaches the end zone.

Redskins Fit: Green would be a great fit for the Redskins, who have seemingly been looking for a tall wide receiver forever. He would be that large target that they have been missing. I'm not sure who will be throwing it to him, but he can make any quarterback look good.

Where He Will Be Drafted: Unfortunately, I can't imagine a situation where Green makes it to the Redskins at No. 10. I think the absolute latest that he could go is to the Browns, who pick four spots before they do.

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NFL Draft 2011: Julio Jones Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Alabama WR Julio Jones.

NFL Comparison: Jones has the blocking ability of Hines Ward, with the athletic ability of Terrell Owens. Pretty scary combination if he can put it all together.

Strengths: Even in the NFL, Jones will be one of the best athletes on the field any time he takes it. He is a jaw-dropping specimen, possessing great strength, speed, and leaping ability. He is also a willing and successful blocker, making him a real asset in the running game, as opposed to just an onlooker. He is willing to go over the middle and make tough catches as well.

Weaknesses: I suppose Jones wasn't quite as dominant at the College Level as he could have been, but that could also be because of the offense that he was confined to. The Alabama offense was geared to run first, second and third, with Jones being the next option. He also has shown some inconsistencies catching the ball, and has a history of injury.

Redskins Fit: Jones would be a tremendous fit for the Redskins They have been in need of for a few years now. While we don't really know who the quarterback will be, but Jones will be that guy's best friend. The Redskins are pretty devoid of talent at the wide receiver position, and Jones would be a pretty great infusion.

The only question is whether or not Jones is a good value pick with the No. 10 overall selection. He is certainly talented enough to warrant a pick that high, but do the Redskins need a wide receiver that badly? They might be better served to to take a player on the defensive side of the ball, or an offensive lineman. Someone who would make a more consistent contribution than a wide receiver who isn't getting that many snaps a game directed toward him.

Where He Should Be Drafted: Of all the people that I've seen projected to the Redskins, Jones is probably the most popular. He should go somewhere near where they pick. There have been some rumblings that the Rams could trade up to the Cowboys at No. 9 to make sure that they get Jones before the Redskins have a chance to get him, but that could just be a rumor.

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NFL Draft 2011: Robert Quinn Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: UNC Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker Robert Quinn. 

NFL Comparison: A good recent example would be Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Both are extremely raw talents but had a lot of upside coming out of college.

Strengths: Quinn has the versatility to play either an end in a traditional 4-3 scheme or more importantly, the athleticism to play linebacker in the 3-4 defense. His obvious strength is his pass rush ability, as he has good speed and a good repertoire to get to the QB. He also has a good foundation for being a force against the run.

Weaknesses: The biggest question marks for Quinn will be character related. Quinn was suspended permanently from the NCAA prior to the 2010 season due to dealings with an agent. NFL teams have been grilling him about the circumstances that led to this suspension, and character concerns will have to be something to look out for. While he may have the frame to be a good run stopper, that wasn't his forte in college, so he will certainly have to improve to be effective in that area at the next level. 

Redskins fit: Like we've been saying all along, drafting an outside linebacker with good pass rushing skills is one of the top needs for this team. Mike Shanahan knows that, so a player like Quinn is certainly intriguing. Quinn looks to be more of a run stopper than Orakpo was when he first came out two years ago, so he could be a good compliment to Orakpo, who will still be the primary pass rusher. 

Where he will be drafted: This could be someone that is legitimately on the Redskins radar. His talent likely pegs him as 10 pick easily, but the character concerns in addition to the availability of other elite pass rushers could lead to Quinn dropping to the Redskins. While the draft could unfold in any number of ways, this could wind up being the guy for the Redskins at 10. We will find out soon enough.

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NFL Draft 2011: Tyron Smith Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: USC Tackle Tyron Smith.

NFL Comparison: I see a little bit of Jets LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson in Smith in that his primary attribute is his athleticism. smith also has excellent size and very long arms, two things the Brick-man is known for. He's not quite as big, but he's at least comparable.

Strengths: As I just mentioned, Smith's best attribute is his athleticism. He's much more chiseled than your standard left tackle. He can get to the second level quickly on running plays and work around the edge on speedy pass rushers. He has good hands and fast feet.

Weaknesses: His athleticism is good, but his size could use some work. It's hard for me to call a guy who weighs over 300 lbs "small" but Smith will probably need to add a little bit more weight if he is going to be a successful tackle in the NFL. He has the speed to handle the smaller linebackers who should be trying to get around the edge, but at his current weight, he might not be able to handle a bull rush from some of the league's stronger defensive lineman. But he has a big frame and should be able to add more muscle and weight as he gets into an NFL conditioning program.

Redskins Fit: Smith actually fits better with the Redskins than he would with most of the teams that could take him. Smith played at right tackle for the Trojans last year, and that is the position that the Redskins would want him to play because they have Trent Williams to handle the left side of the line. Most of the other teams that would take Smith would need him to transition to the left tackle spot at some point.

I'm sure that he would be able to make that transition in some time, but because of his size and athleticism he would be better suited to play on the right side. Smith and Williams would be a great foundation for the Redskins' offensive line for years to come, which would be delightfully refreshing.

Where He Should Be Drafted: In a lot of the Mock Drafts I've been seeing around the Internet, Smith is projected to go to the Cowboys at No. 9. I've always thought that would be a little high for him to go, but the Cowboys do need the help. There has also been some talk about the Cowboys moving around some in the first round, so who knows where Smith might go. But I wouldn't be surprised if he was on the board when the Redskins picked; and it would likely be a very tough decision to pass on him.

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NFL Draft 2011: Da'Quan Bowers Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Clemson Defensive End Da'Quan Bowers.

NFL Comparison: Will Smith of the Saints would be a good comparison. Like Smith, Bowers has the potential to be a great "two way" player that can be stout against the run and on pass rushing downs.

2010 Season Stats: 67 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 25 tackles for losses

Strengths: Sometimes you have ends who are simply stout against the run. Other times you bring in an elite pass rushing specialists at the DE spot. But with Bowers, you have the potential to have both. He brings a rare blend of pass rush repertoire along with the ability to be a solid run defender. He has good size and bulk for his position (6-3, 280 lbs) with a good upper body fit to fend off would be blockers. He is explosive off the edge and could easily fit both a 4-3 or a 3-4 style defense. He also can play a mean guitar.

Weaknesses: If you look at his first two years at Clemson, then take a look at his junior year, it'll make scratch your head. Why? Because Bowers had 19.5 career sacks in college. The catch is, 15.5 of them were in his junior year. So what happened in his first two years? Was his junior year an aberration? Scouts wonder if this will be another player who was a "one year wonder" and simply flame out at the NFL level. It will be up to Bowers to maintain whatever focus he had in his junior year and carry it over to the next level and them some. 

Redskins fit: The team is lacking at that defensive end spot. While Adam Carriker certainly improved over time, they don't have a true impact player along that front three, and this would be the ideal spot for Bowers to come in and contribute. The 3-4 defensive end requires someone who is a good two way player, someone you can provide occasional pass rush and be stout against the run. Bowers could be a a guy who could go above and beyond the call of duty at the 3-4 end spot if drafted by the Redskins.

Where He Should Be picked: Somewhere in the top 10. Is it possible he falls to the Redskins? Sure. As mentioned earlier, scouts wonder if this guy has at it takes to build on his junior season at Clemson. However, I wouldn't expect him to fall far out of the top ten if he does fall that far.

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NFL Draft 2011: Jake Locker Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Washington QB Jake Locker

NFL Comparison: Somewhere in between Vince Young and Ben Roethlisberger. He doesn't have quite the mobility of Young, but he can move around in the pocket even better than Roethlisberger. But he also has some of the same accuracy issues that have plagued Young so far in his career. Keep in mind that's just a style comparison, not necessarily in ability.

2010 Stats: 2,265 yds. 17 tds 9 ints 55.4 comp%.

Strengths: Locker is just an incredible athletic specimen. He can move around in the pocket, gain yards with his legs when his protection breaks down and has the arm strength to make every throw on the field. He also has very good height for a quarterback, which isn't generally the case with someone as athletic as he is. Not only can he run around and make plays, but he is built to take the punishment that is associated with that kind of football.

He is also a very hard worker and a good character kid, by all accounts. He is the kind of player that you wouldn't mind making the face of the franchise.

Weaknesses: During his senior year, Locker did not show that he had the kind of accuracy that could make him an elite starting quarterback in the NFL. If he is going to be successful, he needs to get better in that area. From everything we've seen from him during offseason workouts, Locker appears to have improved in that area. But this will be the part of his game that he needs to work hardest on if he wants to be a franchise quarterback.

Redskins Fit: I think that Locker would be a very good player for the Redskins if he is able to reach his potential. We know that Mike Shanahan likes his quarterbacks to have a little bit of mobility, and we know how interested they were in Locker before the Draft last year.

Having said that, Locker has to reach his potential for it to be a good fit. The Redskins can't afford to take a quarterback and spend a lot of time developing him, only for him to not pan out in the end. Locker on his best day is great for the Redskins. The question is, can he get there?

Where He Should Be picked: I think Locker will go somewhere in the mid-first to early second round range. I think it would be a little bit of a reach for the Redskins to take him at No. 10, but I wouldn't be surprised if he went two picks later to the Vikings. If the Redskins want to get Locker, and not have to sacrifice value to do so, they should trade back a few picks, possibly to the Rams at 14, and hope that he makes it past the Vikings.

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NFL Draft 2011: Von Miller Scouting Report, From A Redskins Perspective

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Texas A&M Linebacker Von Miller 

NFL Comparison: Ironically, someone who is very similar to Miller is a current member of the Washington Redskins. That someone is Brian Orakpo. Miller, like Orakpo, is a terror from the outside when he is rushing the quarterback.

2010 Season Stats: 68 tackles, 10.5 sack and 1 int.

Strengths: You want a pass rusher? You'll likely get a good one with this guy on the roster. He's your typical pure pass rusher, in that he has explosive speed and knows how to close on the QB when he is close. The book on Miller is that his motor is always running, he rarely takes plays off, and is a reliable tackler when he engages ball carriers. He is considered the top pass rusher in this draft, and should do well regardless of what defensive scheme he is plugged into.

Weaknesses: The thing about being a pure pass rusher at the linebacker position could mean that he is more vulnerable against the run. The scouting reports on Miller say he could struggle early against the run, as he has shown he can let the bigger offensive lineman in the league erase him from plays create huge running lanes.

Redskins fit: This one is pretty obvious. Jim Haslett is praying for a guy opposite of Orakpo who can help wreak havoc within the linebacking corps. Drafting an edge rusher is among the top priorities for this team, and Miller would be the best of the bunch.

Where He Should Be Picked: Before the Redskins select at 10, that's for sure. Most projections have him in the top five, falling no further than Arizona at the fifth pick. But if the Redskins somehow get lucky and have Miller fall to them, it could be the start of something special on defense. He could be that good of a player.

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NFL Draft 2011: Blaine Gabbert Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert.

NFL Comparison: In terms of style, Gabbert is a traditional drop-back quarterback. He has a little bit more mobility than someone like Peyton Manning, but he isn't Mike Vick either. Let's call him a Josh Freeman.

2010 Stats: 3,186 yds 16 tds 9 ints 63.4 comp%

Strengths: Gabbert is your standard big, strong-armed quarterback that can accurately make all the throws on the field. He is also a better athlete than you might expect, and can move around the pocket pretty easily. He is pretty strong at throwing on the run, and is a pretty good decision maker.

Weaknesses: I'm not sure that Gabbert has any physical weaknesses, so his only real weakness is his lack of domination at the College level. He has all the tools to succeed, so he should have performed a lot better in College than he did. I'm not sure why that was. This might be nit-picking, in fact I'm pretty sure it is, but I would have liked Gabbert to look the part of a top-five pick during the season, not just in workouts.

Redskins Fit: Gabbert would be a good player for the Redskins if they are able to get him. He would be the quarterback of the future that this franchise is so starved for. I happen to think that he will be a good player at the next level, and a pretty safe pick. If he lasts until the tenth overall pick, I don't believe that the Redskins will be able to pass on him.

Where He Should Be Picked: Gabbert will probably go somewhere in the top five, likely to the Bengals at No. 4 or the Cardinals the pick after. If the Redskins want to get him, they'll have to trade up.

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NFL Draft 2011: Jake Locker Scouting Report

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream. Next up: Washington QB Jake Locker

NFL Comparison: Somewhere in between Vince Young and Ben Roethlisberger. He doesn't have quite the mobility of Young, but he can move around in the pocket even better than Roethlisberger. But he also has some of the same accuracy issues that have plagued Young so far in his career. Keep in mind that's just a style comparison, not necessarily in ability.

2010 Stats: 2,265 yds. 17 tds 9 ints 55.4 comp%.

Strengths: Locker is just an incredible athletic specimen. He can move around in the pocket, gain yards with his legs when his protection breaks down and has the arm strength to make every throw on the field. He also has very good height for a quarterback, which isn't generally the case with someone as athletic as he is. Not only can he run around and make plays, but he is built to take the punishment that is associated with that kind of football.

He is also a very hard worker and a good character kid, by all accounts. He is the kind of player that you wouldn't mind making the face of the franchise.

Weaknesses: During his senior year, Locker did not show that he had the kind of accuracy that could make him an elite starting quarterback in the NFL. If he is going to be successful, he needs to get better in that area. From everything we've seen from him during offseason workouts, Locker appears to have improved in that area. But this will be the part of his game that he needs to work hardest on if he wants to be a franchise quarterback.

Redskins Fit: I think that Locker would be a very good player for the Redskins if he is able to reach his potential. We know that Mike Shanahan likes his quarterbacks to have a little bit of mobility, and we know how interested they were in Locker before the Draft last year.

Having said that, Locker has to reach his potential for it to be a good fit. The Redskins can't afford to take a quarterback and spend a lot of time developing him, only for him to not pan out in the end. Locker on his best day is great for the Redskins. The question is, can he get there?

Where He Should Be picked: I think Locker will go somewhere in the mid-first to early second round range. I think it would be a little bit of a reach for the Redskins to take him at No. 10, but I wouldn't be surprised if he went two picks later to the Vikings. If the Redskins want to get Locker, and not have to sacrifice value to do so, they should trade back a few picks, possibly to the Rams at 14, and hope that he makes it past the Vikings.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Scouting Reports For Potential Redskins First-Round Draft Picks

The 2011 NFL Draft is taking place on Thursday, April 28, and the Redskins will have the No. 10 pick in the first round. Many different players have been projected to be picked in that spot in various 2011 NFL mock drafts, and the Redskins certainly have a lot of needs. Which players will be good fits for the Redskins in that spot? We will provide scouting reports and let you know who we like in this StoryStream.

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