The annual NFL Combine begins Feb. 28 in Indianapolis. Before all the poking and prodding, before all weightlifting and 40-yard sprints, Breaking Burgundy will share the names of players worth tracking with the Washington Redskins in mind plus insight from sources and around the league.
Player: Keevan Lucas
Position: Wide receiver
Projection: Day 3/Undrafted
Overview: The player is small in size, but big on production. The 5-foot-10 Lucas hauled in 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns during his senior season with the Golden Hurricanes. As a sophomore he went 101-1219-11, but a torn patella tendon interrupted his junior campaign.
Fine, finding a receiver with gaudy stats isn't that stunning in the modern, pass-heavy era of college football. Certain analytics show Lucas' production stood out above the fray and put him in the same statistical company as future NFLers Stefon Diggs and Marqise Lee.
When you lack height at receiver you better run fast and Lucas is expected to run around a 4.4 40-yard time at the upcoming NFL Combine. Beyond speed, he's a solid 195 pounds and plays bigger than his listed size.
Washington's John Ross is a comparable type of receiver who should go off the board within the first 20 picks. Lucas will be waiting longer on draft day, but the sense is he'll hear his name called. If his Combine work matches his senior season's production, that call might come earlier than some think.
Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy, host of the Locked on Redskins podcast and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig, Facebook and on Google+.