[caption id="attachment_5657" align="aligncenter" width="250" caption="Dalton's TCU team was undefeated in 2010"][/caption] It is unlikely that Mike Shanahan has much time these days to see what is being said about the Washington Redskins on the internet. But if he did, he'd be smiling. On Friday, we talked about John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reporting that he has heard a great deal of buzz about the possibility of the Redskins trading up in the first round to get a quarterback, presumably Blaine Gabbert, early in the round. Then yesterday came the following from another highly-connected NFL scribe, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports:
According to a league source, the Redskins are looking to trade down in the first round with the idea they will draft either Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder or TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. The Redskins, who pick 10th overall, would like to get a second-round pick from a team in exchange for moving back to their spot in the first round. They could then use their two second-round picks to bolster the defense.So one well-wired writer says that they're moving up. Another says that they're hell bent on trading down. There is supposed to be interest in Gabbert. The Redskins' interest in Ponder has been known for a while but Dalton, who has visited Redskins Park, is a relatively new name to the mix. Add in Shanahan's longtime infatuation with Jake Locker and you have a bevy of potential quarterback targets for the Redskins. In other words, nobody has any idea what is going on. Matt Terl at the Redskins official blog counted 29 different players being tabbed as the Redskins' first-round selection. This is partially due to the fact that the Redskins have so many needs that you could justify a pick at almost any position. But it also means that the Redskins' smoke-producing machine is cranked up in high gear and is having its intended effect. Does all of the smoke have you confused? What do you think the Redskins will do?