Redskins begin hosting pre-draft visits with NFL prospects

The Washington Redskins have begun the process of hosting prospects for pre-draft visits, thus far, showing interest in a group of offensive linemen, pass rushers and wide receivers, among others, according to sources and various media reports.

Virginia tackle Morgan Moses has had a strong week of practices leading up to the Senior Bowl. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Virginia tackle Morgan Moses at the Senior Bowl. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Redskins on Tuesday hosted Stanford right tackle Cameron Fleming, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Rutgers wide receiver Brandon Coleman also met with the team, another source confirmed.

Louisville outside linebacker prospect Marcus Smith said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he also visited with Washington on Tuesday.

Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses and Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson are expected to meet with the Redskins today, Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan reported.

Meanwhile, Boise State outside linebacker Demarcus Lawrence has a visit scheduled with Washington some time next week, according to ESPN’s John Keim.

ESPN 980 reported that the team is working to line up a visit with Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort.

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NFL rules permit teams to host up to 30 prospects for visits leading up to the draft. The Redskins already have met with many players during the weeks leading up to the Senior Bowl and other college all-star games, and during the NFL Scouting Combine.

But the visits give the teams an additional opportunity to educate themselves on players. The visits don’t mean that a team is more likely to select a particular player over a prospect that did not visit, however.

Fleming measured out at 6 feet 5, 323 pounds and ranks as the seventh-best tackle in the draft according to CBSSports.com’s draft rankings. He projects as a second- to third-round pick. He has good size and strength, but he lacks top-level speed and quickness. That’s why he projects as a right tackle and not a left tackle.

Coleman, who grew up in Accokeek, Md., boasts great size at 6-6, 225. He clocked a 4.56 40-yard dash, and 32-1/2-inch vertical leap. But there are questions about his ability to play with physicality, and whether or not he’s the most flexible player, according to league insiders. He projects as a fourth- to sixth-round pick by many draft reports.

The 6-3, 251-pound Smith played defensive end at Louisville, but would likely move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme because he is considered undersized for an end. He has good speed and quickness, and plays with good physicality. But he lacks experience in pass coverage, and would require some grooming to make the transition.

Lawrence (6-3, 251) possesses good quickness and strength, but like Smith, he lacks experience in pass coverage. He projects as a second-round pick as well.

Moses (6-6, 314) projects as a late first-rounder/early second-rounder. He impressed coaches with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Richardson (6-6, 336) projects as a third- to fourth-round pick and ranks 10th on CBSSports.com’s position rankings at tackle. Mewhort (6-6, 309) ranks ninth and projects as a third-rounder.

More names and visits will trickle out over the coming days and weeks, and just three weeks, we’ll see how everything plays out in the draft.

The Redskins don’t have a first-round pick, but get on the clock at 34th overall. Right tackle, big-target wide receiver and outside linebacker rank among their positions of need.

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