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Monday, March 15, 2010
Clausen to Skins gaining steam

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

For those of you who continue to ask about the Beast mock draft, I've been working up to 17 hours per day on the final product, which may or may not ever see the light of day. I've booked the Red Lobster in Times Square for a potential release party on the eve of the draft, but hold off on booking airfare for now.

In other news, mock drafters from across the nation have been publishing their first-round predictions. On Sunday, the ubiquitous Mike Lombardi released his top-10 mock draft on NFL Network. The former Raiders scout tends to have a good feel for these things, so you should know that he has Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen going to the Redskins at No. 4 overall. Lombardi has the St. Louis Rams selecting Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

One of our favorite mock specialists, SI.com's Don Banks, thinks the Redskins will likely select Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung if Bradford's off the board. Here's the Banks mock 3.0, which was released a little more than a week ago.

Mel Kiper has the Redskins selecting Jimmy Clausen at No. 4, but my cousin, Todd McShay, is still not sold on the Notre Dame quarterback. McShay agrees that the Skins will go with Okung.