Monday, February 10, 2014

Who (Draft Prospects) Have The Redskins Been Talking To?

(Will the Redskins add Shaq Richardson to their roster? Photo: by Ron Medvescek and Kori Rumore via)
We're about two weeks out from the NFL's yearly event where draft prospects run around in their underwear (AKA: The Combine) and it will be at this time that the Redskins and 31 other teams will be able to work with, interview and meet (possibly to work out or interview at a later time) many of the prospects on their draft boards. While most of the player (and agents, can't forget about them) meetings take place then, teams are allowed to meet and talk to players during the two all-star weekends of the East/West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

During their coverage of both games, WalterFootball.com keeps track of the players' meetings with various teams. Now, this may mean nothing and can be just rumor or a team doing due dilligence but it may give you an idea what type of player or what positions the Redskins are targeting to fill with 2014 draft picks.

Here is the list so far:


Max Bullough, LB , Michigan State
Justin Ellis, DL, Louisiana Tech 
Timothy Flanders, RB, Sam Houston State
Charles Leno, OT, Boise State
Keith McGill, DB, Utah
Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona

The DBs both make sense. Both McGill and Richardson are the bigger style of corner that the Redskins are looking to add to their roster like David Amerson. It has also been suggested that McGill could be converted to safety. While there has been much talk about McGill, Pierre Desir (6-1, 195lbs.) and Stanley Jean-Baptiste (6-3, 215lbs.) as 2nd and 3rd round prospects, Richardson right now looks more like a day three prospect who may go undrafted.

Max Bullough also makes sense being that he's a ILB and based on his success at Michigan St. probably could be a starter and good special teams player. Of course the problem with him is that he may be only a run ILB and could struggle in pass coverage. We saw this problem a lot with the Redskins over the past few years. As much as I like London Fletcher and think he has a place in Canton, he was beaten repeatedly by tight ends in 2012 and 2013.

Justin Ellis is a huge but some what athletic DT who had some moments at both East/West and the Senior Bowl. I could see him adding some significant bulk to the D line along with Chris Baker and Jarvis Jenkins. I have also seen many mock drafts link the Redskins 2nd round pick to Notre Dame's DT/DE Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt is a very tall player (6-6, 312lbs.) who seems to be an ideal body fit to be a 3-4 DE. The hope that Tuitt would be able to collapse the pocket and bat down passes.

Charles Leno, looks like another possible candidate that may join the Redskins as a UDFA. A few draft sites have him as a late day three pick.

It's still early and I'd take some of this with a grain of salt, but obviously most of these names fall in line to positions that the Redskins need to improve upon or fill.

I still think that the O-line in particular will be an area that needs to be addressed either through the draft or in free agency, so keep an eye on interior linemen that may be available from rounds 2-7.

More will be revealed once free agency starts and we get closer towards the draft. That said, I think the first two picks by the Redskins will likely be either at OL (probably Guard), DL, CB, ILB or S.

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