Q & A: NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber

With the season all but over, it's time to look toward the draft. Chris Steuber, Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst answers questions such as "How much do you think Chris Cooley would warrant in a trade?" and "Should the Redskins draft a QB in the 1st round?" among many others. Read on....

Q: How much do you think Chris Cooley would warrant in a trade?
A: It's possible that the Redskins could entertain trading Chris Cooley, especially with Fred Davis stepping up this season and showing that he has a bright future. But it's hard to say what kind of return the Redskins could get for Cooley right now with him rehabbing his broken right ankle. The Kansas City Chiefs traded Tony Gonzalez during the offseason to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2010 second round pick. And that was after Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns. At best, I think the Redskins could get a late third round pick for Cooley during the offseason.

Q: How deep into this draft will good Offensive Linemen be drafted?
A: The first offensive linemen will be selected in the top-five, most likely Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung. After Okung, Oklahoma OT Trent Williams, Rutgers OT Anthony Davis, Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga (if he declares), USC OT Charles Brown, Idaho OG Mike Iupati and Maryland OT Bruce Campbell will be drafted throughout the first and second rounds.

Q: Our forum seems to be divided on this subject. Given that a new head coach is likely, should the Redskins draft a QB in the 1st round?
A: Usually when a head coach takes over in a new situation they like to hand pick their quarterback, especially if the team holds a top-ten draft pick. Currently, the Redskins own the 5th overall pick, and with that selection Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will be available. It's highly unlikely that Jason Campbell will return to the Redskins, and with Colt Brennan unable to stay healthy, drafting Clausen is the right move to make.

Q: Regardless of if they should draft a QB in the 1st round, do you think they will draft a QB in the 1st round?
A: Yes, Jimmy Clausen should be the future of the Redskins.

Q: A lot of mock drafts have the Redskins taking Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford with their 1st pick. Are there any truths to these rumblings, or is this pure speculation?
A: There's a chance that Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen could be on the board at No. 5 when the Redskins make their selection, but that's unlikely. The St. Louis Rams are the team to watch if you're a Redskins fan. They need a quarterback just like the Redskins, and I believe they'd prefer Bradford over Clausen. With that said, things can change as we're still more than four months away from the draft. The biggest thing for Bradford is to be able to workout this offseason. If he works out and proves he is 100-percent, he will be the first quarterback selected in the draft. If he's unable to workout and there are questions about his shoulder, he will fall in the draft. It's safe to say that Clausen is the No. 1 quarterback on many teams' draft boards right now by default; Bradford is listed just below Clausen with an asterisk by his name. Everything is speculation during this time of year, but it is fun to speculate; nothing is final until a player's name is called on draft day.

Q: Are there any good sleeper QB prospects for the later rounds?
A: This is a pretty weak quarterback class; other than the top four or five QBs (Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Tony Pike) this class will be based on upside. There are a lot of players that have upside and the potential to be starters in the NFL. A few names to keep your eye on are: Fordham's John Skelton, West Virginia's Jarrett Brown, UAB's Joe Webb and Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson.

Q: If you had to rank the Redskins' needs, in order by position, how would you rank them?
A: The Redskins priorities are:

  1. Quarterback
  2. Offensive Tackle
  3. Defensive End
  4. Running Back
  5. Guard
  6. Safety

Q: Who of the small school players will make an impact in the draft? There's Armanti Edwards at Appalachian State, but who else are scouts looking at?
A: A few diamonds in the rough to monitor are: Murray State DE Austen Lane, IUP CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Fordham QB John Skelton. These three players will be selected in the first four rounds of the draft.

Q: In the last draft there were a couple of centers drafted high (Mack and Woods come to mind). Are any centers worthy of early round consideration this draft?
A: There was no question that Alex Mack was going to be a first round pick in ‘09, and the reason why Eric Wood was selected in the first round was because he showed he could play guard at the Senior Bowl, after being Louisville's starting center for four years. The 2010 draft doesn't have that elite center that's a no doubt about it first round pick, but Baylor's J.D. Walton and Boston College's Matthew Tennant will receive second round consideration. Also, Hawaii's John Estes, who before the season I had as my No. 1 center (now No. 3), can play center or guard and offers a team versatility as a third – fourth round pick.

Q: Has Ryan Perrilloux grown enough to be worth a draft pick or is he radioactive?
A: He's an interesting prospect that teams will drill during interviews this offseason. Even if Perrilloux does well during the interview process, he's still raw at the quarterback position and shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a developmental prospect. At this time, he's a borderline draft pick and a likely undrafted free agent.

Q: Shipley, the Texas WR, has posted great numbers. Where does he go in this draft?
A: Shipley is an early-to-mid third round pick.

Q: Coming into college, Benn (WR), of Illinois, was considered one of the premier talents. He hasn't been terribly productive. Will that hurt his draft status?
A: Benn was bothered by injuries this season and that was a major contributor to him catching just 39 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns; not to mention the inconsistent quarterback play. But he still has something in this draft that you can't teach, size and quickness. The biggest concern surrounding Benn is his deep speed. During his career at Illinois, he was utilized more as a possession receiver than a deep threat. He has the ability to stretch the field and out jump most defenders, but we haven't seen him do it on a consistent basis. Benn is currently a late first, early second round prospect, and his performance at the Scouting Combine will be a huge factor in where he ends up in the draft.

Q: We know Florida State's Myron Rolle is smart, but is he fast enough to be a DB in the NFL?
A: Rolle never had that extra gear in coverage when he played at Florida State, and taking a year off from football won't help his explosiveness. It's going to be interesting to see what kind of shape he's in this offseason and how he does in workouts. But you're right, he's definitely smart and a high character guy – teams will love the intangibles Rolle possesses.

Q: Who are the top five RB's in the draft and who would be good for the Redskins?
A: The top-five running backs in the draft are:

  1. C.J. Spiller, Clemson
  2. *Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (if he declares)
  3. *Jahvid Best, California (if he declares)
  4. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State
  5. Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State

For the Redskins, it all depends on how high they want to address the running back position. Spiller and Dwyer are first round locks; Best will receive late first, early second round consideration. Mathews and Dixon are solid second round selections. Of the five, I'd say Dwyer or Mathews is the best choice for the Redskins; they're big backs that fit well in the NFC East.

Q: Should the Skins take a BPA approach or go with the "Need" approach and who do you think the Redskins will pick in either situation?
A: I think the Redskins will take the best player available and fill their biggest need with the selection of Jimmy Clausen.

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