Mizzou's Chase Daniel Joins Redskin Quarterback Race

Anthony Brown@SkinsHogHeavenCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

He led the football revival of the University of Missouri, but quarterback Chase Daniel found himself undrafted after the NFL's biggest offseason weekend.

Daniel gets his shot to extend his football career as part of 13 undrafted free agents to join the Washington Redskins.

The list includes two offensive linemen, Scott Burley and Edwin Williams, from Maryland and three defensive linemen, DT Antonio Dixon (The "U"), DT Brigham Harwell (UCLA) and DE Derick Walker (Illinois).

Williams and Burley join teammate Kevin Barnes, the Reskins surprise third-round defensive back selection from Maryland, and Stephon Heyer, the Maryland undrafted free agent tackle who joined the team in 2007.

The Maryland Terrapins finished the 2008 season 8-5 (4-4 ACC) and defeated Nevada 42-35 in the Humanitarian Bowl.

The Missouri Tigers finished the season 10-4 (5-4 Big 12) with consecutive appearances in the Big 12 Conference championship--both losses to Oklahoma. The Tigers ware mauled 62-21 by the Sooners in the 2008 game that seems to have deflated pro interest in Daniel.

Daniel was highly regarded for his performance with Missouri, but his height (6-foot) and arm strength concerned teams. NFLDraftScout.com projected that he would fall out of draft consideration.

Height may be less of an issue in Washington where Jim Zorn wants his quarterbacks to "play small." Zorn said in his pre-draft press conference last week that there would be four quarterbacks in training camp this summer.     

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