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Will QB Jake Locker be gone by pick #10?

It’s been widely speculated that the Redskins could be interested in University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker. The biggest matter of debate, if the Redskins really do plan to select Locker in the 2011 NFL Draft, is whether they’d take Locker with their current first round selection (10th overall), or try and trade back a few picks, secure more draft picks, and then select Locker somewhere closer to the middle-to-late portion of the first round.

However, all of that may be moot, because as we approach Thursday’s draft, there’s increasing speculation that Locker may actually be gone by the time the Redskins are on the clock with the 10th overall pick.

ESPN’s Todd McShay reported on Sportscenter this morning that the Tennessee Titans are seriously considering drafting Locker with their first round pick, currently 8th overall.

Titans Offensive Coordinator Chris Palmer is reported to be a big fan of Locker’s, and may push the Titans’ decision makers to draft him with the 8th overall pick, in order to secure his services. with Vince Young no longer in the Titans’ long-term plans, Tennessee is one of the handful of teams picking ahead of the Redskins with a legitimate need at the quarterback position.

It is widely believed that if Locker and former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert are both gone by the time the Redskins are on the clock at #10, Washington will likely look to upgrade the defense with their draft pick – outside linebackers Robert Quinn of North Carolina and Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue have both been linked to the Redskins in many mocks – or do their best to trade down from the pick.

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