While several commentators days before the draft reported that the Washington Redskins were looking to trade up for Blaine Gabbert, I was never in doubt that the guy Mike Shanahan really wanted was Jake Locker.
Well we will never know if Locker was the guy Shanahan wanted, but we for sure know that it wasn't Blaine Gabbert. When Gabbert fell to the Redskins at No. 10, it looked like a done deal. But the Redskins chose to trade down with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected Blaine Gabbert.
In the first round, Cam Newton and Locker went off the board before Shanahan could get his hands on them, Gabbert wasn't a fit and Christian Ponder went earlier than everybody predicted.
In the second round, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick were quickly of he board, and that left Shanahan with Ryan Mallet, who does not have the mobility that Shanahan likes and Ricky Stanzi, who wasn't a major improvement over John Beck.
The Redskins draft is a good example of what could have happened to the Minnesota Viking if they hadn't drafted Ponder at No. 12.
This leaves the Redskins with only John Beck on the roster. And although Shanahan claims that he really likes Beck and that Rex Grossman will probably be back, the Redskins are now heading into the 2011 season without a legitimate franchise QB—not a situation predicted by many before the draft.
Personally, I think Shanahan should have taken a shot drafting Tyrod Taylor with one of the Redskins two sixth-round picks. Taylor is mobile, a great athlete, has shown great production both with his arm and feet and except for his size, seems like a great fit for Shanahan's system.
It will be interesting to see how the Redskins will address the QB position in free agency, maybe Shanahan thinks he can straighten out Vince Young?
Grade B: When Shanahan couldn't get the QB he wanted (Locker), he converted the 10th pick to draft picks.