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Redskins secure 10th pick in 2011 NFL Draft

By finishing the 2010 season with a 6-10 record, coupled with Seattle defeating St. Louis yesterday evening, the Redskins have secured the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, set to take place on Thursday, April 28th.

Here is how the top 10 shakes down:

1. Carolina Panthers
2. Denver Broncos
3. Buffalo Bills
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Cleveland Browns
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. Tennessee Titans
9. Dallas Cowboys
10. Washington Redskins

The recent scuttlebutt around town has been surrounding the Redskins taking a “franchise quarterback of the future” with their first round selection, with perhaps incumbent starter Rex Grossman serving as the “bridge” quarterback while the new kid is groomed for the position.

Yet in sad & perhaps ironic twist of fate, the largely disappointing season may have yielded just enough wins to push the Redskisn out of the range of securing one of the blue chip quarterback prospects that could be available in the draft.

Five quarterbacks in this draft carry a high first round grade: Andrew Luck of Stanford (if he declares), Blaine Gabbert of Missouri, Cam Newton of Auburn, Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, and Jake Locker of Washington. Yet there could be as many as seven teams picking ahead of Washington that could also legitimately be looking to draft their own quarterback to build their team around.

As mentioned, the first round will be held on Thursday, April 28. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 30.

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