|2010 NFL Mock Draft 5.0|
| It's too early to tell if the Redskins and Donovan McNabb or the Eagles with a newly elevated Kevin Kolb and an extra second-round pick will be the big winner in Easter night's blockbuster trade. But it's already painfully clear who lost out when McNabb switched teams in the NFC East: Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, whose most logical landing spot in the top 10 was the No. 4 Redskins.|
We're still 15 days away from the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, plenty of time for Clausen's stock to ride the mid-April rollercoaster for a while longer. But a Brady Quinn- or Aaron Rodgers-like free fall is at least now a distinct possibility for the draft's second-rated quarterback, and don't discount the chance that someone picking low in the first round actually likes Texas's Colt McCoy or Florida's Tim Tebow better than they do Clausen.
I don't see the No. 5 Chiefs, No. 6 Seahawks, No. 7 Browns or No. 8 Raiders pulling the trigger for Clausen given their current quarterback situations. Buffalo is Clausen's best chance to avoid the big slide, and if he gets past the Bills at No. 9, maybe only the 49ers (who pick No. 13 and 17) could keep him from tumbling all the way to the bottom of round one. It's silly season in terms of draft scenarios, but for now I've got Clausen making it all the way until No. 30 Minnesota until he hears his name called.
And now on to our fifth attempt to mock out the April 22 first round:
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