Merriman, Savoy Among Visitors to Redskins Park

The Redskins held a tryout camp on Friday. Most of the players who attended were unheralded. A couple weren't.

The Redskins played host to some 55 college football players on Friday is sort of an extended Pro Day session. Those players worked out and interviewed with the Redskins. Most of them are trying to get exposure, lobbying for a call for a shot at signing as an undrafted free agent.

However, there were two interesting prospects who elected to attend:

--One was someone who does not need to be doing a job interview. Defensive end Shawne Merriman, who on the strength of excellent work in the combines and workouts has jumped into the top half of the first round, maybe even into the top 10 in the eyes of many. Perhaps the native of Upper Marlboro, MD—just a handful of Beltway exits from FedEx Field--was trying to lobby his hometown team to spend the ninth pick overall on him.

Steve Savoy

--Most of the players were from nearby colleges such as Maryland, Bowie State, Virginia State, Virginia Tech and Howard. A few came from more distant institutions of higher learning like South Carolina and Penn State. And one, wide receiver Steve Savoy, came from Utah.

Utah? The third-year sophomore entered the draft after completing his redshirt sophomore season with 67 receptions for 961 yards (14.9 average). He scored 11 touchdowns for the undefeated and uncrowned Utes. It turns out that he played at Dunbar High in Washington, earning all-Met honors there.

Despite only having two years of college ball under his belt, Savoy left after his second season to enter the draft. His draft status was considered to be in the middle to late rounds until the combines. There, his 4.7 time in the 40 sent his stock plummeting, perhaps off the draft boards. It seems that he's trying to take advantage of every opportunity he might have to impress a team enough to take a shot at him.

Savoy's 40 time should improve, but it's unlikely that Redskins will be making that local call to him on draft day.


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