While the now completed trade of QB Donovan McNabb from the Eagles to the Redskins (#37 in 2010 NFL Draft, 3rd/4th in 2011) seems to only effect just two NFL teams, the implications are much more widespread. Let’s look at how the trade will impact the Patriots.
With the deal consummated between Philadelphia and Washington, the hopes of Raider Nation to land a real quarterback this off-season appear to be dead. Since the Patriots own Oakland’s 1st Rounder in the 2011 NFL Draft, we should be very happy that Jamarcus Russell is still the apparent starter.
Another implication, slightly more obscure, is that with Washington having their QB position locked up, former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is lacking a suitor in the top-5 of the draft. While Cleveland and Buffalo could be targeting him, if he remains on the board past the 9th pick (Buffalo), he could be in for a Brady Quinn-esque freefall. We currently project Clausen to be a 2nd round pick in our 2010 NFL Mock Draft, but in all fairness he probably won’t last until the 2nd day of the Draft.
What does that have to do with the Patriots? Many teams, such as Kansas City, Cleveland, Buffalo, and even Denver might be in the mood to trade back into the 1st round to get their hands on Clausen. When Brady Quinn fell to pick, what do you know, twenty-two, the Browns gave up high 2nd round pick and a 1st-rounder the next year.
Perhaps history will repeat itself and the Browns will give up #38 and their 1st rounder in 2011 to pick another Notre Dame QB.