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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Don't mock Newton to the Redskins

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

We've already inspected the first mock drafts from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, so let's go outside the company for a moment. Don Banks from SI.com is a man who will release at least 17 mock drafts in the coming weeks. And here's his first edition:

9. Dallas Cowboys: DE/DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama

10. Washington Redskins: QB Cam Newton, Auburn

19. New York Giants: OT Tyron Smith, USC

23. Philadelphia Eagles: G/C Mike Pouncey, Florida

What did Banks write about Newton?

"A consensus seems to be forming for Newton to land in Washington, where Mike Shanahan and Co. will undertake his transition into a pro-style passing game," he writes. "I guess I can buy that, although drafting a second Auburn first-round quarterback in the span of six years (Jason Campbell, 2005) might make some Redskins fans nervous. Shanahan was thought to be very high on Washington quarterback Jake Locker last year at this time, so don't rule out the ex-Husky if he continues to bounce back from a rough senior season."

From what I'm hearing, it would be a real stretch for the Skins to take Locker at No. 10. And he hasn't helped himself at the Senior Bowl this week.