The 2016 Senior Bowl takes place Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, but the week of intrgue kicked of Tuesday. Prospects are getting weighed and measured, practices commence and all with the representatives from NFL teams arrive for a closer look.
That includes Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who found a few players he liked last year. The Redskins drafted Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder, Arie Kouandjio, Martrell Spaight after all were Senior Bowl participants. Undrafted rookie linebacker Terrance Plummer joined the active roster earlier in the season. Another linebacker, Lynden Trail, was on the practice squad and later signed to a Futures contract. Since 2010, Washington selected 19 players involved with the Senior Bowl, tied for sixth most among all teams.
Here's the name of a few fans should keep an eye on this time with the Redskins needs in mind.
* Defensive line, regardless of what happens in free agency, must be addressed in the draft. If the Redskins seek to use a first round pick/find a new nose tackle, DT Jarran Reed provided inside against the run and pass for Alabama's national title team. Penn State's Austin Johnson, Ohio State's Adolphus Washington and Baylor's Shawn Oakman are other potential first day selections.
* Inside linebacker is a clear need and Alabama's Reggie Ragland is the clear answer if available with the 21st pick. Best guess is he won't as the thumper is gaining momentum after a tremendous season for the Crimson Tide. Ragland might be the only ILB worthy of af first round grade. Missouri's Kentrell Brothers projects as a round two selection.
* The safety class isn't particulary exciting at the top, though Duke's hard-hitting Jeremy Cash could be among the top 60 picks. Maryland Sean Davis and William & Mary's DeAndre Houston-Carson are among the local products in Alabama.
* If the Redskins decide they don't want to bring back DeSean Jackson's contract, adding more speed becomes a priority. Ohio State's quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller brings that playmaking element and then some.
Amittedly, at this point in his transition Miller is more toy or luxury item than anything, but a fun one. Miller, Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma) and 6-foot-2 Paul McRoberts (Southeast Missouri State) are potential mid-round targets.
* Yes, we all expect Kirk Cousins back and Robert Griffin III gone. Colt McCoy could go either way. Whether the Redskins need a No. 2 or not, good bet McCloughan targets a QB to groom somewhere between round 4-7. We're talking about the most important position so having depth and aiming for a lottery ticket is highly logical. Jake Coker (Alabama), Cody Kessler (USC) and Kevin Hogan (Stanford) are candidates.
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