Washington Redskins officials and coaches this week turn their attention to the NFL Draft as they flock to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, which runs Thursday through Tuesday.
Some members of Redskins brass arrived in Indianapolis earlier this week, while others trickle in this evening.
Offensive linemen, tight ends, punters, kickers and other special teams players report to Indianapolis today and will register and undergo medical examinations. Then interviews with teams and the media begin on Thursday. Psychological evaluations and the bench press portion of workouts follow Friday, and then come the on-field workouts for those players on Saturday.
Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs arrive Thursday, defensive linemen and linebackers on Friday and defensive backs on Saturday.
This year’s Combine features 325 players, with 85 of the record 98 underclassmen among them.
A breakdown, position-by-position:
Offensive line: 50
Tight ends: 22
Wide receivers: 48
Running backs/fullbacks: 36
Defensive line: 56
Defensive backs: 59
Eight local players will take part in the combine.
Virginia Tech leads the way with five players: defensive backs Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller, defensive end Jadon Gayle and quarterback Logan Thomas. Virginia has two players in offensive tackle Morgan Moses and defensive tackle Brent Urban. And Maryland and Richmond have one player apiece in cornerback Dexter McDougle and defensive tackle Kerry Wynn, respectively.
The Redskins have a number of holes on their roster, but safety, wide receiver, cornerback and offensive line seem to top the needs list.
Here’s a list of some of the top combine prospects expected to fall in the second- to third-round range:
Wide receiver: LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, LSU’s Jarvis Landry, Fresno State’s Davante Adams and Colorado’s Paul Richardson.
Cornerback: Ohio State’s Bradley Roby, Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner, Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller, Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Utah’s Keith McGill.
Guards: Mississippi State’s Gabe Jackson, Baylor’s Cyril Richardson, Furman’s Dakota Dozier and Alabama’s Anthony Steen.
Tackles: Virginia’s Morgan Moses, Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson, Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort and Nevada’s Joel Bitonio.
Each day will feature hours of player interviews, so stay tuned for plenty of updates here on the blog over the next several days. And on Friday at 3:15 p.m., Jay Gruden will address the media in a group setting for the first time since his introductory press conference back on Jan. 9.
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.
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