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Redskins may be powerless to get Bradford

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By Eric Edholm

The Redskins appear to have set their sights on Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, but it's looking more unlikely that they will be able to get him. Unless the Rams, who have passed on potential franchise quarterbacks the past few seasons, get cold feet on Bradford's shoulder, they are appearing to lean more toward taking him first overall. The Redskins pursued but lost out on free-agent OLT Chad Clifton, who would have been the anchor for a rebuilt offensive line, we hear, and chief protector of the quarterback. But getting the Rams to change their minds just might not happen if Bradford works out well at his pro day on March 9.

Such a development would change the Redskins' strategy dramatically in the draft. Would they take Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen at No. 4? That might be a reach, though quarterbacks clearly are valued on a different scale. After all, few people thought Mark Sanchez was worth a top-five pick at this point last year, but the Jets made a bold move up to the No. 5 pick and landed the player they want to build their franchise around. The Redskins, too, could decide that Clausen is worth taking that high. Assuming the Lions and Buccaneers — teams that took QBs with first-rounders last year — remain at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in the first-round draft order, the Redskins would have Clausen there to pick at No. 4.


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