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Morning Manny: Offensive Players To Watch At The NFL Combine

Taking a look at NFL Draft Prospects participating in this weekend's combine that could intrigue the Washington Redskins, including a big name QB.

Regardless of what's going on in the Washington Redskins' front office, the NFL combine officially begins Friday morning and prospects will be evaluated. Although General Manager Scot McCloughan isn't in attendance, I have no reason to deviate from his draft trends  as a pre-draft tool. So below, we'll list two offensive players to monitor this weekend at each position of need for the Redskins (one first rounder and one non-first rounder) using McCloughan's draft philosophy.

Offensive Needs: QB, RB, WR, LG


DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame (6ft 4, 230 lbs): With or without Kirk Cousins at helm, I don't think it's likely that the Redskins select a Quarterback round one. But if they do, I could see Kizer being the guy. He's a big Quarterback and probably has the highest upside of any in this class. While he hasn't put it all together yet and get's tagged as a boom or bust prospect, I think his floor is higher than others high in this draft class.

Brad Kaaya, Miami (6ft 4, 214 lbs):  Although Kaaya is an underclassman and McCloughan tends to go Senior QBs outside of round one, I'm intrigued by his style. He absolutely has his inconsistencies, but when in rhythm, he shows a ton of potential. He's only 21 and has pro style experience. For some reason, like it or not, he reminds me of Eli Manning. 

Running Back:

Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (5ft 10, 214 lbs): We've been discussing Kamara since last September as a guy who fits what McCloughan looks for in a running back. While the other top two backs in this class (Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook) could definitely be of intrigue, Kamara is another legit option. When I first studied Kamara, the player that came to mind was Ladainian Tomlinson. I'm not saying Kamara is a future Hall of Famer, but he has that kind of multifaceted talent. He could be a star in both the run and pass game. 

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (5ft 11, 202 lbs): McCaffrey could very well go round one. But considering the guy I want to list here isn't at the combine, let's talk McCaffrey. I think the Redskins could consider him round two, if available. He may not be the biggest back, but he's explosive in the backfield, at receiver and on special teams. He may not be a workhorse, but those aren't the flavor of this league anyway. I think he can definitely be a dynamic running back.

Wide Receiver: 

JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC (6ft 1, 215 lbs): I know USC has a bad track record with receivers, but Smith-Schuster could be an exception. I think he'll remind McCloughan of a young Anquan Boldin. He's a physical WR with big 10 inch hands and long 32 inch arms. He can play both the big and small game. I like his feet. Not to mention, he's a dog-of-a-blocker. He's my third favorite receiver in this class. 

Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (6ft 3, 194 lbs): Josh Reynolds looks like a receiver that Head Coach Jay Gruden will like. He's a big vertical threat who can make contested catches. He just needs to work on consistency. But I think he could be a good situational deep threat and red zone target.

Left Guard: 

Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (6ft 4, 305): Lamp is as solid as they come in terms of an offensive lineman. He had a great game against Alabama showing really good athleticism and strength. He'd immediately make the Redskins' offensive line maybe one of the top 3 or 4 in the league. 

Dion Dawkins, Temple (6ft 4, 317): This is a massive individual with over 34 inch arms. He's probably going to get a chance to play tackle in the league, but he may be best as a guard. He has a great raw skill set -- just needs to continue working on his technique. The Redskins could use more linemen who are versatile enough to swing outside when needed. 

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