2011 NFL Draft: Andy Dalton Key to Breaking Down the Second Round

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 29, 2011

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks to pass against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The second round of the 2011 NFL draft is only a few hours away and teams from all around the league are finalizing their draft plans heading into the next two days.

Andy Dalton is a top quarterback on the list for many teams that missed out on the signal callers from Round 1. However, Dalton may hold more than just the key to his own future as the former Texas Christian Horned Frog is valued as significant trade bait in the second round.

Dalton was a four-year starter at TCU and displayed some of the best statistics in all of college football, throwing for over 10,000 yards and 71 touchdowns in his collegiate career.

The young quarterback first really burst onto the scene in 2010, as he led the Horned Frogs to an undefeated regular season record and a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

Dalton has been linked to several teams at the top of the second round, including the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos.

The Bengals are the team with the biggest need at the quarterback position, as the future of Carson Palmer remains uncertain—not to mention, the future of many members of their receiving corps.

Dalton could cause a couple of teams to make a reach for the top of the second round and possibly cause some unlikely trades.

The San Francisco 49ers may be one of the top teams looking to trade up, since the team decided to look at the defensive end position rather than at quarterback in Round 1.

Another team that could be interested in moving up to acquire Dalton are the Washington Redskins, as Donovan McNabb's future remains uncertain and Rex Grossman is expected to be their starter in 2011.

The second round of the 2011 NFL draft begins Friday at 6 p.m. ET.