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The Redskins have the 9th and 17th picks in the second round of the NFL Draft tonight, the 41st and 49th picks overall. These are the players who will or could be taken in the second round at positions of need to the Redskins, as well as my evaluations of the players and the likelihood they will be available when the Redskins select. First, the offense.

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Andy Dalton - will be gone very early in the second round, taken by Buffalo at 34 or Cincinnati at 35 so the Redskins would have to trade up to get him, something they probably cannot afford to do.

Ryan Mallet - could fall to 41 and he has the size, arm strength and experience in pro style offenses that NFL teams like. However, Mallett has failed to play well in pressure situations, has major character issues and his complete lack of mobility make a him a poor fit for the west coast offense used in Washington.

Colin Kaepernick - has the accuracy on short and intermediate passing routes that you like in a west coast offense quarterback, and the mobility, too. He's not elite in any one category, but is above-average in virtually all areas. The major problem is he comes from a "pistol" offense in college where he made very simple reads. He will need some time to "season" in the NFL, as he is nowhere close to being ready to play at the pro level. If you're willing to wait, though, Kaepernick could be a keeper because he's solid in all other areas and is a very tough, inspiring leader whose willingness to endure punishment makes him a favorite of teammates.

Ricky Stanzi - has good mobility and accuracy on short and intermediate routes, but he can't really drive the ball downfield, particularly into the wind or other poor passing conditions. This makes him a suitable candidate for the west coast offense run in Washington, though I wouldn't take him with the 41st or 49th pick because I don't think he's good enough. Not as shaky in key situations as Mallett, but he's had some meltdowns in his college career.

Summary: Kaepernick seems like the ideal fit here if he lasts to 41. He may not.

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