They are the first two players to have their names linked to the Redskins as prospects that team brass has interest in meeting. Previously, the agents of many of the top prospects had confirmed that Mike Shanahan and Co. interviewed their clients at the NFL combine late last month, but most said Washington had yet to schedule additional meetings or workouts with their players. And as recently as last Wednesday, two sources said the Redskins hadn’t met with any prospects and hadn’t invited any to their Ashburn headquarters.
The exact dates of Miller’s and Taylor’s visits aren’t known, but they won’t take place Monday or Tuesday, as Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is in New Orleans for the NFL owners meetings, which began on Sunday and end Tuesday afternoon.
It doesn’t seem likely that the Redskins will have a chance to land Miller with the No. 10 pick in the draft. He has visits scheduled with seven of the nine teams that are ahead of them, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, and Washington isn’t the only squad in the market for an outside pass rusher.
There is some question as to whether Taylor will be able to play quarterback full-time in the NFL. But the 6-foot-1, 217-pound Hampton, Va., native is a supremely gifted athlete. At the combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, recorded a vertical leap of 37-1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 6 inches. Philadelphia, San Diego, New Orleans, Miami and Jacksonville also have expressed interest in Taylor, according to National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson.
Taylor is projected to go anywhere from the third to fifth round of the draft. Washington has a first- and second-round pick, but then doesn’t pick again until the fifth round after sending a third round pick to New Orleans last summer for Jammal Brown and a fourth-rounder last year to Philadelphia for Donovan McNabb.