NFL Scouting Combine getting underway

February 21, 2013

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins shift their focus to the draft. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

Good morning from Indianapolis, where the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off today.

Tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams players got to town on Wednesday, and went through medical exams, X-rays, orientations and interviews with teams. Today, those same player groups descend on Lucas Oil Stadium for measurements, more medical examinations, media interviews and more team interviews.

Friday will feature psychological testing for those players and the bench press, and more team interviews. Meanwhile, quarterbacks, receivers and running backs get to town and begin the process today, linebackers and defensive linemen the following day, and defensive backs on Saturday.

In a break from their long-standing tradition, Washington Redskins coaches and officials will not break out the magnifying glass to examine the top quarterback prospects of this combine. They got their man — and his capable backup — last year. And, the Redskins don’t have a first-round pick anyway.

Instead, they are believed to be looking for help for their secondary, where quality safeties and cornerbacks abound, and likely offensive line as well. The Jammal Brown experiment has come to an end, and Tyler Polumbus is a free agent. The Redskins must decide if they should re-sign Polumbus, or if they can upgrade that right tackle position through the draft.

Other areas of possible interest are running back, where the team could use a speedy-pass-catching-change-of-pace backup to Alfred Morris.

A handful of local players — Virginia tackle Oday Aboushi, Virginia tech tackles Nick Becton and Vinston Painter, and Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg — will be on hand today.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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