...Ricky Stanzi, quarterback from the University of Iowa.
Arizona has to be hit hard with the fact that they are firmly in win now mode. With several guys up for free agency and one very big guy hitting the free agency marker in 2011, a.k.a Larry Fitzgerald, Ken Wisenhunt and the Cardinals will decide to take a chance of Donovan McNabb.
The last time they went with a veteran over a young guy, they made it to the Super Bowl. So the Arizona Cardinals make the bold decision to trade away their second and third round picks to grab their veteran QB, effectively ending McNabb's shaky tenure with the Redskins.
In his stead, the Redskins will take a chance on a guy who probably should be a first round pick, had a shaky senior season not lowered his draft stock. Ricky Stanzi has still been solid in his time in Iowa. Iowa runs a pro style offense that's much like the Redskins offense, utilizing a solid running game, and lots of play action passes and bootlegs. He has solid mobility and accuracy, and his interceptions have gone down year after year.
He has shown a case of happy feet in the pocket, and presses a bit to make plays. That said, I also think he has some good pocket awareness, as he's able to feel pressure without seeing it, step up in the pocket and keep his eyes down field. He's got a big arm, but also has solid short and intermediate accuracy.
Despite everyone and their mother saying otherwise, I think Mike Shanahan has acknowledged the Redskins need to rebuild. He will also come to realize that McNabb may not be the answer at quarterback, and choose to roll with the young guy.
Ideally, I'm sure the Redskins would prefer to have McNabb stay at the quarterback position while Stanzi learned the system, and if McNabb struggled again, Shanahan could bench him and give the young guy an opportunity. He's done it before in Denver; it wouldn't be shocking to see it happen again.
But allure of having another second round pick, plus the Redskins getting the third round pick they spent on Donovan back might be too much to pass up if they feel Stanzi is a good enough prospect.
Stanzi is a big, talented guy who appears to be nearly NFL ready. With the help of a solid run game in his first year, and weapons like Julio Jones and vets like Chris Cooley and Santana Moss, he'd be put in a position to succeed right away. Taking him in the second round is a bit of a stretch, but with solid coaching, he could be a solid find and a draft steal for the Redskins.
Or I could end up regretting ever making this slide. Either or.