Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed are the latest draft prospects to be added to the list of players scheduled to meet with the Redskins before this month’s draft, according to multiple reports.
Former Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams (Stonewall Jackson High) said he is scheduled to work out for Washington on April 14.
Dareus is the highest-rated prospect on the list. The 6-3, 319-pound lineman recorded 66 tackles and 11 sacks for the Crimson Tide in the last two years. He played defensive tackle in college, but is believed to be better suited for tackle in a 4-3 defense or defensive end in a 3-4, rather than nose tackle. Dareus is projected to go among the first five picks, however, so he likely is out of range for Washington, which selects tenth.
Amukamara is believed to be the second-best cornerback in the draft behind LSU’s Patrick Peterson. At 6 feet, 206 pounds, he has good size to go with his speed and coverage skills. Last season, he had 52 tackles, but no interceptions. A year earlier, he had five interceptions to go with 60 tackles. Amukamara is projected by most mock drafts to go in the nine to 15 range of the first round.
Pouncey’s twin brother, Maurkice, last season earned Pro Bowl honors for the Steelers as a rookie, and Mike is expected to have a similar impact in the NFL. At 6-foot-5, the 303-pounder possesses good athleticism and versatility, with the ability to play either center or guard. He is projected to go somewhere after the first 15 picks of the first round.
Reed is a 6-3, 263-pound defensive end/outside linebacker prospect, who last season recorded 47 tackles and 6.5 sacks for Arizona. He improved his stock at the combine, and it’s believed that he will be successful either as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Brooks is expected to go late in the first round or early in the second. Washington holds the ninth pick of the second round (41st overall).
The Redskins chief needs are quarterback, nose tackle and an outside pass-rusher. The top quarterback prospect scheduled to visit the team is Cam Newton (April 15), and the top pass-rusher in the draft, Von Miller, will pay Redskins Park a visit April 18-19, according to league sources.
Washington holds selections in the first and second rounds, two fifth-round picks, a sixth-round choice and three seventh-rounders in this year’s draft, which takes place April 28-30.