If the Redskins draft Jimmy Clausen, can they give him enough time -- in the pocket -- for him to succeed?
The NFL draft is two months away, but the selection process begins with the NFL combine, which started Wednesday.
So who do the Washington Redskins have a high interest in taking a peek at during the workouts? Whether you like it or not, quarterbacks are the most visible players at the combine. Depending on which day you go by -- Mel Kiper and Todd McShay change their predictions just about every day, it seems -- Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford could be taken with the No. 4 pick in April's draft.
Bradford won't be on the field throwing passes for scouts to evaluate his arm strength. He's still recovering from shoulder surgery. The Heisman Trophy winner will participate in the interview process. The season-ending surgery could make some teams a little wary of drafting him high in the first round if they think he's going to be injury prone.
The Redskins other potential target, Jimmy Clausen, also won't participate in drills. The Notre Dame quarterback is rehabbing after toe surgery. He plans to work out for scouts in April before the draft.
If you ask a majority of Redskins' fans, the team should draft an offensive lineman in the first round. If you can't protect the quarterback, it doesn't matter if it's Jason Campbell or a rookie, they will not succeed. One mock draft, Bucky Brooks on NFL.com, predicts the Skins will take Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung. I know it's not a flashy pick, but it's the smart pick. Okung is 6-foot-5 and weighs 300 pounds. Chris Samuels' could end up retiring, and Okung is the perfect replacement.
More than 300 NFL prospects will attend the combine. Players show off their speed, strength and football skills to scouts, coaches and general managers.
Some local products are attending the combine, hoping their stock improves. Joe Haden is likely a top 10 pick. The cornerback from Florida will likely be the first corner taken off the board. The University of Maryland's Bruce Campbell is also likely to go in the first round if his combine workout goes well. The junior offensive lineman is projected to go late in the first round in many mock drafts.