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2011 NFL Mock Draft: The Washington Redskins Select...

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The 2011 Arrowhead Pride Mock Draft continues with nmchief choosing for the Washington Redskins at No. 41...

When participating in a mock like this, the question arises... do I draft the player who I think is best for the team I represent, or the player that I think the team would select?

This year, both answers are further complicated by the lack of free agency and trades due to the lack of a CBA. As of right now, these draft picks are the only way to fill a teams' holes. While in all likelihood, there will eventually be a free agent signing period and trades between teams, we are unable to count on these avenues when selecting players. For this reason, one glaring hole rises above the many needs of the Redskins.

They enter 2011 with no starting QB. I would be interested, if I called the shots, in trading for an established player. If the price for Kevin Kolb were to high, then perhaps Kyle Orton could handle the Rat's offense. Maybe Cincy would let Carson Palmer go in a trade that involved the banished Don McNabb. Wothout those kind of options, though, a high pick will have to be spent on a player with at least some hope of leading the franchise back to respectability. I didn't get one of the two QBs worthy of the 10th pick in round 1, and although for a while I thought that Jake Locker might fall to this spot, the Cardinals plucked him three picks ago. So...

With the 41st pick in the 2011 AP mock draft, the Washington Redskins select:

Ryan Mallett, QB from Arkansas

From CBSSports' analysis:

Accuracy: Flashes very good accuracy on short and intermediate throws. Consistently hits the receiver in stride on crossing routes, slants and post patterns. Shows good touch and ball placement for the fade route. Throws with a flat trajectory on deep routes, showing only moderate accuracy on deep throws overall. Can make the "wow" throw and there isn't an NFL route he can't hit. Accuracy nosedives, however, when he is forced to move his feet, as his long legs prevent him from re-setting quickly and he throws with just his arm. When his feet aren't set, Mallett whips the ball, leading to passes sailing high and others diving low, making his throws difficult for receivers to predict or track and set up for yardage after the catch.

Arm Strength: Mallett's greatest trait. Possesses as strong an arm as there is in the country. Can fit the ball through closing windows, making him capable of completing throws most cannot. Drives the ball on the deep out and can zip the back shoulder throw against tight coverage. Has a tendency to get overly confident with his arm and will attempt to make ill-advised throws into coverage. Has learned to take some speed off when needed.

Setup/Release: Takes most of his snaps out of the shotgun, though he has shown the ability to drop back from center. Gains depth due to the length of his gait rather than foot quickness. Though his long arm makes for an awkward-looking windup, Mallett possesses a fluid, over-the-top release that generates momentum, resulting in the ball exploding out of his hand. Steps into his throws when he has room in the pocket, but loses accuracy when forced to rely solely on his arm.

Reading Defenses: Excellent height to see over the top of his linemen and read defenses. Good field vision, showing the ability to check down from his first and second options to drop passes off to outlet receivers. Flashes the ability to look off the safety, but most do this more consistently. Generally reads the blitz coming and can make defenses pay for their aggression by hitting the hot route, but doesn't possess the athleticism to escape the pocket when he is surprised.

On the Move: Can slide laterally to avoid the rush. Improved significantly as a junior in stepping up in the pocket to buy time. Willing to take a big hit to complete the pass. Has heavy feet and long legs, however, causing him to take longer than most to set his feet and throw accurately when forced to vacate the pocket. Threw critical interceptions late against Alabama and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl when this occurred. Willing to tuck the ball and run when he's given a free lane and has exhausted his throwing options, but is no danger to consistently gain yardage as a scrambler. Doesn't get low enough or show more than average leg drive for the QB sneak.

Intangibles: Some have concerns over his maturity level. Has a brash personality that has caused some to question whether he possesses the leadership to handle an NFL huddle. Was never voted a team captain with the Razorbacks despite the fact that quarterbacks are often pushed by coaching staffs as such. Very confident in his own talent and early in his career wasn't known for his dedication to the film room. Arrested for public intoxication on March 1, 2009, in Fayetteville.

Mallett is a big guy with a cannon for an arm. While there are plenty of questions, the Skins cannot risk putting a later pick behind center if they can't trade for or sign a better signal caller this year. Shanahan is widely accepted as an offensive guru, and hopefully he can turn Mallett into the Redskins' franchise QB. And if not, he can always blame Dan "rich-n-dumb" Snyder and follow Joe Gibbs to NASCAR!

Full Schedule And Results:

1. Carolina Panthers (ChiefsFan90s) - Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

2. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers

3. Buffalo Bills (Arrowdread) - Auburn QB Cam Newton

4. Cincinnati Bengals (Dirty South Chiefs Fan) - Georgia WR A.J. Green

5. Arizona Cardinals (tmurawsk) - Texas A&M OLB Von Miller

6. Cleveland Browns (H2E) - Auburn DT Nick Fairley

7. San Francisco 49ers (Another Successful Tedford QB) - LSU CB Patrick Peterson

8. Tennessee Titans (ejr58) - Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara

9. Dallas Cowboys (IamtheGreatest) - Alabama DL Marcell Dareus

10. Washington Redskins (nmchief) - Alabama WR Julio Jones

11. Houston Texans (FalconMF27) - Missouri DE Aldon Smith

12. Minnesota Vikings (Raven Hawk) - USC OT Tyron Smith

13. Detroit Lions (Matt Hays) - Boston College OT Anthony Castanzo

14. St. Louis Rams (Sam D) - Illinois DT Corey Liuget

15. Miami Dolphins (YerganFlurgan) - Alabama RB Mark Ingram

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (GenericBrand) - Cal DE Cameron Jordan

17. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Temple DE Muhammad Wilkerson

18. San Diego Chargers (Chiefscafan58) - North Carolina DE Robert Quinn

19. New York Giants (flowers 24) - Florida C Mike Pouncey

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PSUkegreen) - Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

21. Kansas City Chiefs (Matt_Grbac) - Baylor NT Phil Taylor

22. Indianapolis Colts (saskwatch) - Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

23. Philadelphia Eagles (OnlyKCFanNVA) - Colorado OT Nate Solder

24. New Orleans Saints (The Other Patrick Allen) - Georgia DE/LB Justin Houston

25. Seattle Seahawks (Simon from KC) - TCU QB Andy Dalton

26. Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) - Colorado CB Jimmy Smith

27. Atlanta Falcons (stagdsp) - Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

28. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - UCLA LB Akeem Ayers

29. Chicago Bears (KillaCity107) - Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

30. New York Jets (bradelli58) - Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (scottchief) - Baylor G Danny Watkins

32. Green Bay Packers (Aesthetist) - Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

Round Two

33. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Miami G Orlando Franklin

34. Buffalo Bills (Arrowdread) - Arizona LB Brooks Reed

35. Cincinnati Bengals (Dirty South Chiefs Fan) - FSU QB Christian Ponder

36. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Oregon State DT Stephen Paea

37. Cleveland Browns (H2E) - Maryland WR Torrey Smith

38. Arizona Cardinals (tmurawsk) - Washington QB Jake Locker

39.Tennessee Titans (ejr58) - Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

40. Dallas Cowboys (IamtheGreatest) - Texas CB Aaron Williams

41. Washington Redskins (nmchief) - Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet

42. Houston Texans (FalconMF27) - Monday April 11th

43. Minnesota Vikings (ravenhawk) - Monday April 11th

44. Detroit Lions (Matt Hays) - Tuesday April 12th

45. San Francisco 49ers (Another Successful Tedford QB) - Tuesday April 12th

46. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Tuesday April 12th

47. St. Louis Rams (Sam D) - Wednesday April 13th

48. Oakland Raiders (mushin) - Wednesday April 13th

49. Jacksonville Jaguars (GenericBrand) - Wednesday April 13th

50. San Diego Chargers (Chiefsfaninca58) - Thursday April 14th

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PSUkegreen) - Thursday April 14th

52. New York Giants (flowers 24) - Thursday April 14th

53. Indianapolis Colts (saskwatch) - Friday April 15th

54. Philadelphia Eagles (OnlyKCFanNVA) - Friday April 15th

55. Kansas City Chiefs (Matt_Grbac) - Friday April 15th

56. New Orleans Saints (The Other Patrick Allen) - Monday April 18th

57. Seattle Seahawks (Simon from KC) - Monday April 18th

58. Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) - Monday April 18th

59. Atlanta Falcons (stagdsp) - Tuesday April 19th

60. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Tuesday April 19th

61. San Diego Chargers (Chiefsfaninca58) - Tuesday April 19th

62. Chicago Bears (KillaCity107) - Wednesday April 20th

63. Pittsburgh Steelers (scottchief) - Wednesday April 20th

64. Green Bay Packers (Aesthetist) - Wednesday April 20th