Word on the Street (Update): Pass on Gabbert

Word on the Street (Update): Pass on Gabbert
April 27, 2011, 1:33 pm
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 5:57 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comNick Young's money shotIn what could be a transitional offseason forNick Young, the Wizards high-scoring guard (jokingly, I thinkhope)says he "might have a sex tape this summer. Seeing him play defense wouldbe more shocking. (Washington Post)Tucker, Cole talk draft with WiseNFL Draft was buzzing across the local airwaves on Wednesday, one day before the first round begins and the Mike Wise show wHolden Kushner (106.7 The Fan) was no exception. ESPN Football analyst and former Redskin Ross Tucker and Yahoo's football writer Jason Cole each chimed in with their take on the Redskins and the rest of the draft. The highlights:- Neither particularly like Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, at least when it comes to picking him at No. 10 and certainly not if you have to move up in the first round. Cole noted the lack of accuracy during Gabbert's college days and questions how likely that aspect of his game would improve in the pro ranks. Tucker at least said if Mike Shanahan has his heart set on the Big 12 passer to go for it. - Wise is torn on Cam Newton, trying to gauge how one compares the immense potential with the onslaught of negatives.Tucker is largely in agreementwith the various critiques of Newton, but also thinks that the Heisman winner could be the next generation quarterback that would make some GM look foolish for passing on.Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan foolish, perhaps.Cole "understands" why the Panthers will likely take the Auburn passer at the top - bring excitement which is code for box office and merchandise sales - but is "very leery" because Newton simply has not played much.- The labor dispute bums out Cole in terms of getting help from the rookies this season. No camp(s), will make it very hard for the newbies to learn the ropes, let alone the vast and detailed NFL playbooks.- Tucker, the one-time NFL offensive lineman, loves, loves, loves Boston College's Anthony Castonzo, saying he will give some team "Jon Jansen" like production for the next decade. Castonzo has been slotted in mock drafts anywhere from 8-to-22, but seems to be on an uptick.- HoweverTucker was much less enthused about North Carolina's Robert Quinn. projected in many mock drafts to land with the Redskins in round one. Tucker worries that the pass rusher is more athlete than skilled player who did his best work against lesser competition.Ochocinco eighty-sixed by the Bengals?Officially no, but it appears to be just a formality that the charismatic and prolific tweeter - not to mention former Pro Bowl receiver - will be sent packing by Cincinnati. At least that's what Chad thinks. "Ccoach Lewis is mean to me now so I think I am gone," Ochocinco tweeted.If true, the cutting ties part, uou know what that means. (All the Redskins fans are silently nodding.)Wednesday, April 27, 2011 9:05 a.m.RedskinsNFL DraftThe No. 1 question on every Burgundy and Gold fan's mind (besides whether we'll have football this season): What's the deal with the quarterback position? (The Free Lance-Star)The latest and perhaps hottest draft rumors involving the Redskins and a quarterback involve Blaine Gabbert. The former Missouri star is making the adjustment from the Tigers spread attack to the NFL's pro-style schemes.The Fifth Down blog ranks Christian Ponder the No. 2 quarterback in the draft. (New York Times)Continuing the week-long look at players thought to be on the Redskins' short list at. No. 10, here's a look at defensive end Cameron Jordan and 3-4 linebacker Aldon Smith. (Washington Post)NFC East and Ravens draft talkThe Cowboys have not drafted an offensive lineman in the first round during the 22 years Jerry Jones has owned the team. The streak of avoiding the big uglies early might be coming to and end. (Associated Press)Could the Giants draft the Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram in the first round? If so, he would play for the same team as hisjailed dad. (New York Post)One year after drafting pass rusher Brandon Graham in the first round, the Eagles could go back to that positional well again. (Philadelphia Inquirer)It's fair to say cornerback is the Ravens' biggest defensive need. Whether drafting the volatile Jimmy Smith is the answer may prove to be the million-dollar question. (Carroll County Times)Speaking of Smith, apparently plenty of general managers would pass on drafting his cover skills. Well, not so much his corner ability, but the baggage that comes with it. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)The Eagles fan who also doubled as mayor of Philadelphia and governor of Pennsylvania remembers when folks booed the drafting of Donovan McNabb over Ricky Williams. Even if Redskins Nation can agree with that sentiment now, back then, the experts knew what they were doing. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Capitals CornerRemember when overtime was the Capitals kryptonite? Not so much this go-round. (Washington Times)It's not so much that going deep into the playoffs is a "been there, done that scenario" for Jason Arnott. Instead, the 36-year-old is showing the Capitals how to reach the Stanley Cup promised land. (Washington Post)Some did, but not all the stars shone brightly in the opening-round series against the Rangers. That will need to change going forward for the Capitals to advance. Hear that, Nick Backstrom? (Washington Examiner)NFL owners, meet Pandora's BoxThe owners are not simply on the wrong side of the labor dispute issue. Their actions are showing just how wrong, for how longand could make all happy with the structure as is. (Washington Post)Breakfast BuffetYes, the past four years were not the prettiest for the George Washington men's basketball team, but Karl Hobbs deserved another campaign with the Colonials. (Washington Post)Days afterproviding Charlie Sheen a duh, winning police escort, the D.C. police department did the same for the New York Rangers? (Wall Street Journal)Orioles starter Zach Britton has turned from promising rookie to rotation stopper in short order. (Baltimore Sun)George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth will see plenty of one another on the hardwood over the next three seasons.