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Fan Mailbag: Why Gabbert Over Newton In Mock Drafts?

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Fan Mailbag is back! Wondering about a player's status? Trying to recall a past game? Want some insight on the Redskins? Redskins.com's Gary Fitzgerald opens up the mailbag on Tuesdays and answers fan questions.

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Question: Before Andrew Luck decided to stay in college, it seemed that he was the clear cut No. 1 QB in the draft and Cam Newton was the No. 2. From the mocks I could track down, Blaine Gabbert was not ranked higher than Newton. All of a sudden, I see mocks having Gabbert going as high as third overall in the draft and always a head of Cam Newton. What happened to catapult Gabbert up the draft boards? Was he always the best after Luck?

-- Brian J.

Gary: Draft gurus took a closer look at Newton after the college season ended and my guess is they realized Gabbert was a more polished prospect. Newton won the Heisman Trophy and led Auburn to a National Championship last season, but he only started one year for the Tigers. Prior to last season, he had thrown just 12 passes the previous three years. He had a stellar season for Auburn last year, completing 66 percent of his passes for 2,854 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven picks. Meantime, Gabbert started at Missouri the last two years (replacing former Redskin Chase Daniel) and completed 60 percent of his passes for 6,822 yards, 40 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. It helped Gabbert that he was 41-of-57 for 434 yards and one touchdown against Iowa in the Insight Bowl, but he also threw a costly interception that was returned 72 yards for a game-winning touchdown.


Question: I was wondering what will happen if the NFL games are cancelled next season? Will the money we pay for tickets be applied to the following season?

-- Max G.

Gary: Here is what the Redskins announced on Dec. 1, 2010 – "The team has announced a full ticket refund policy for any 2011 preseason and regular season games that are cancelled due to a work stoppage. The policy will apply to all seats, including General Admission, Premium Club Seats and Suites. Season ticket holders will have the option to receive refunds in either the form that they paid for tickets (e.g., check, credit card), or in credits toward future games."


Question: Lots of speculation about Santana Moss right now. If he's going to be a free agent, what are the chances the team re-signs him?

-- Glenn P.

Gary: First of all, the breaking news from ESPN last weekend was hardly news at all. The fact that Santana Moss is a pending free agent has been known for months. Moss talked openly about it the last week of the regular season, saying he wanted to return to the Redskins. Even though wide receiver appears to be a need for the Redskins this offseason, I think there's a good chance Moss is back for the 2011 season. Is there anyone else on the roster capable of serving as the team's No. 1 receiver, even if he plays primarily the slot? Moss was very productive in Kyle Shanahan's offense, grabbing 93 passes for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Redskins. That said, I expect personnel officials to consider free agents and scout draft prospects aggressively this offseason.


Question: Hey, are the Redskins going to trade Donovan McNabb or is he staying?

-- Marquette R.

Gary: Well, that's the question of the offseason, isn't it? It's too soon to know at this point. Coaches are evaluating McNabb and all of the quarterbacks on the roster, and considering possibilities in free agency and the NFL Draft. (The Redskins select 10th overall in the first round.) That's about all I can tell you about the situation – because that's all I know.

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