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LaCanfora: Redskins Want to Move Up for a QB

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, rumblings persist that the Redskins want to move up in the draft to ensure they land a top-flight quarterback.

Several general managers believe the Redskins, who are expected to cut ties with veteran Donovan McNabb, will make the move to land Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert.

The Redskins have strong reports on Gabbert and University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, and some inside the organization believe Gabbert is worthy of the No. 1 pick. It is definitely possible that Gabbert would still be available if the Redskins stay at No.10 but the Shanahan braintrust may not want to take that chance. If they don’t make a move, Locker will certainly be there at No.10.

With just two picks in the first four rounds and eight overall, the Redskins lack the assets in this draft to move up to No. 2, according to the charts that most teams use regarding trade compensation. But including future picks in the deal could offset the difference, and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has never shied away from doing that.

Denver would be the most likely trading partner due to Mike Shanahan’s ties with John Elway and other members of the Bronco organization

The Broncos have been tied in most mock drafts with Alabama defensive lineman Marcel Dareus but, according to team sources, are very open to trading down and have interest in Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who could be available around the 10th pick.

Denver, which is in rebuilding mode, covets additional selections and would greatly benefit from moving down in this economic climate.

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