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Heads of the QB class

Defensive linemen and linebackers are meeting the media today here at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, on-field workouts finally have begun.

Offensive linemen and tight ends are going through drills today. If watching cone drills is your thing—and if you’re reading this blog, it probably is (and that’s nothing to be ashamed of!)—you can watch live on NFL Network.

Unfortunately, we reporters are not permitted to watch the workouts from the Lucas Oil Stadium seating bowl. We’re confined to the media center, where prospects are brought to us. The NFL Network has to preserve their exclusive broadcast rights, you know.

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is expected to meet reporters here this afternoon because he didn’t make it in yesterday. It’s easily the most anticipated prospect interview among the 450+ credentialed media here.

Many draft analysts believe Newton and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert are contending to be the first quarterback drafted in April. If you scan the dozens of mock drafts out there on the information superhighway, you’ll find that quite a few have the Redskins taking one or the other.

(Watch video of Gabbert’s interview yesterday)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK_gwMSlce0[/youtube]

Both players are physically gifted and played in a spread offense in college. Newton, however, has some character questions that Gabbert does not.

Gabbert understands that a major storyline over the next two months involves comparing him to the Heisman Trophy winner.

“I think that’s what you guys are making it out to be, kind of me versus Cam,” he said. “But it’s just an opportunity for us to get drafted as high as possible. I know Cam, Ryan [Mallett of Arkansas], and Jake [Locker of U of Washington] are all working to be the No. 1 guy, and it’s going to be a fun next few months.”

Gabbert met Newton for the first time on Thursday and was complimentary. But he’s aware of the prestige and money at stake.

“Cam’s an explosive athlete,” Gabbert said. “You’ve seen what he has done at the college level. He’s won a JUCO national championship, won the national championship at Division I level. He’s been extremely successful, so he has all the talent in the world. But we’re going to compete and fight it out and may the best man win.”

My question to you is: Which would you prefer the Redskins draft? Newton or Gabbert?

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