Combine Day 1

The annual National Scouting Combine has exploded in recent years. The number of players -- about 300 -- is the same, but the media coverage (newspapers, team web sites and draft-expert services) has necessitated a second conference room in Indianapolis to house the media. Here's a Day 1 update

Redskins Stuff

* Wow, the Redskins certainly got a lot out of safety Troy Vincent, didn't they? Signed at midseason to replace safety Adam Archuleta and help Sean Taylor develop, Vincent showed he couldn't stay healthy and was eventually replaced by journeyman Vernon Fox.

Vincent was released on Thursday, saving the team about $1.3 million in salary cap space. What does this mean? I think it means the team is serious about moving Shawn Springs to safety (if he's still with the team) or Adam Archuleta figures to remain with the team. Although the exact dollars are tough to confirm, it is cheaper for the Redskins to keep Archuleta in 2007 (and put him on the bench) than release him.

* The Derrick Dockery situation is getting interesting. Most assumed Dockery and the Redskins would agree to a new contract before free agency started. But it now appears that Dockery will hit the open market. This should worry the Redskins. As we previous noted, several teams have big-time money to spend and all it takes is one team to pull a Redskins-like move and grossly overpay for Dockery. If that's the case, the team is in the market for a durable left guard. It's unlikely free agent-to-be Mike Pucillo would get a shot at the starting job. It would create a need to draft a guard.

* With picks in rounds 1, 5, 6, 7, the Redskins would be stupid not to explore trading down ... and down ... and down. This team needs depth and immediately. An ideal scenario would be finding a team desperate to move into the top 10 and acquiring a second and fourth for a lower first-round pick ... and then dealing out of the first round for more picks. It would also save the Redskins from handing a first-round contract.

* Redskins assistants Al Saunders, Earnest Byner, Stan Hixon, Don Breaux and Jack Burns were spotted Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center. The defensive coaches will arrive during the weekend. Saunders said he's in town until Sunday.

The Buzz

* General managers and coaches for nearly every team can't wait for March 2 -- the start of free agency. Several teams have used their franchise tag on their top impending free agent and will still have millions in salary cap space to spend. The Redskins are the exception. Depending on which figures to believe, it will take the re-working of several contracts to allow the Redskins to sign 1-2 free agents. That could prove troublesome. Other teams can overpay to get the player they want, the Redskins aren't in a position to do that this year.

* Buffalo CB Nate Clements is a lock to leave the Bills. With New England locking up Ashante Samuel with the franchise tag (and a long-term deal involving $12-15 million in guaranteed money is probably on the horizon), Clements is the without-a-doubt top cornerback on the market. And the word is that he'll be going to the highest bidder. Expect the Jets and 49ers to compete with the Redskins for Clements' services. * Former Redskins and Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington could end up in Miami and be re-united with former Redskins assistant coach George Edwards. Those who follow the Giants said they were stunned that Arrington was released two weeks ago after only one season. He struggled in the first month of the season, insiders say, because he was trying so hard to play within Tim Lewis' flawed system. Once he started to react to the play instead of staying "in the system," he had his best game, including a safety in the Dallas game. Later that night, though, he tore his Achilles' tendon, ending his season.

* A Buffalo observer is a fan of MLB London Fletcher-Baker, who is expected to be a target for the Redskins. They say Fletcher-Baker is adapt in coverage 30 yards down field, has a nose for interceptions and is a solid tackler. His weakness, though, is taking on big blockers in the run game.

* Atlanta isn't expected to retain DE Patrick Kerney. Although he might be too rich for the Redskins since several other defensive ends have been franchised, expect Washington make a call. Kerney opted out of his contract on Wednesday. The rub against him, though, is he can't stay on the field.

The Skinny On

Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas.

While most mock drafts have the Redskins using the No. 6 pick on Clemson DE Gaines Adams, keep an eye on Anderson, the early-entry pass-rusher. Last season, Anderson had 65 tackles (19.5 for lost yardage) and 13.5 sacks for the Razorbacks. I asked ESPN's Mel Kiper his impression of Anderson and Gaines earlier this week and he gave the slight edge to Anderson because of his consistent production. Anderson is 6-5, 275 pounds and his last posted 40 time is 4.75 seconds.

Ryan O'Halloran covers the Redskins for The Washington Times.

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