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Evaluation Of College Quarterbacks Began At Midseason For Mike Shanahan

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – The Washington Redskins began keeping an eye toward the future midway through the season – and so did Mike Shanahan.

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The head coach said Friday he began watching film of college quarterbacks approximately two months ago, as he does every year, and will begin his day by watching tape of some of the top quarterback prospects in the country.

“I’ve already looked at 10 or 15 of them,” Shanahan said. “I’ll take a half hour a day early in the morning. The tapes are made up. I’ll take a look at maybe 75, 80 plays of just a guy throwing the football in game situations, so that’s most of the passes – or at least the good passes – during the season just so I get a feel for the guy.”

The 2012 draft class is likely to be stocked with several marquee quarterbacks, including Stanford’s Andrew Luck, a junior who is widely expected to leave college early to begin a professional career. Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, of Baylor, is also mulling leaving college early, though Southern California’s Matt Barkley, considered another potential first-round quarterback, announced earlier this month he will return to school for his junior season.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones could also forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, and seniors Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Nick Foles (Arizona), Case Keenum (Houston), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State) and Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) are among those who could also be drafted.

“You’ve got names, but sometimes you can’t relate to how a guy is playing because you hear a lot about [them] on TV,” Shanahan said. “A lot of it’s hype and not evaluation, so you like to go back and kind of put the play with the name.”

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