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10 Takeaways: 2016 NFL Combine, Day 2

Posted Feb 25, 2016's Andrew Walker and Stephen Czarda bring you 10 takeaways from the second day of the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday in Indianapolis.'s Andrew Walker and Stephen Czarda bring you 10 takeaways from the second day of the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday in Indianapolis.

1. Bruce Allen continues to harp that negoations with free-agent-to-be quarterback Kirk Cousins are "ongoing," but the general free agency efforts ramp up when the staff returns from the Combine next week.

It's clear that the Redskins' No. 1 target this offseason is Cousins, who took full advantage in 2015, his first season as the team's full-time starter.

"Kirk's been very clear tha the wants to be our quarterback and we've been clear that we want him as our quarterback. And, you know, it'll work out."

Allen said the personnel staff has already met about which current free-agents-to-be on the roster the Redskins will want to pursue come 4 p.m. March 9, when the new league year begins, but the staff gets "right into our free agency mode" upon leaving the Combine early next week.

"We start some free agent meetings and then we're going to go through a couple weeks of free agency and see if there's anyone that would fit what we're looking for for this season," Allen said. "And then we'll switch back to the draft, back in the beinning of April."

2. Cardale Jones isn’t concerned about the fact he didn’t enter the NFL Draft last year.

The Ohio State quarterback’s stock couldn’t have been higher 12 months ago.

After initially being the team’s third-string quarterback, Jones eventually was thrust into starting duties after both Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett were lost to injury.

Jones responded by leading the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title before throwing for 242 yards and totaling two touchdowns in the National Championship Game against Oregon.

Thought to be leaving for the NFL after his impressive performance, Jones ultimately decided to stay in school for his junior season.

Jones at times still looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but he didn’t have quite the same effectiveness.

But with that page of his football career now over, Jones is looking ahead.

At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Jones certainly has the build that NFL talent evaluators crave. The question is just how does he fit.

“It depends what type of offense it is,” Jones said. “Are we going to take shots down the field, or are we going to be more of a pocket or get me on the outside. I think as long as I put the energy into learning that playbook and putting it on the field with my teammates, I think I can be successful in any offense.”

3. Todd McShay on the Redskins' 2015 draft class? "I thought they nailed it."

"I thought they nailed it at the time," he told on Thursday. "Looking at it now, it's easy to say, 'Well, they got off to a good start,' but the thing most importantly to me that stood out is they had a vision for the organization and what they wanted to be as a football team."

McShay said general manager Scot McCloughan's first three picks -- offensive lineman Brandon Scherff, pass rusher Preston Smith and big running back Matt Jones -- were prefect represenations of what the team wanted its identity to be moving forward.

"Clearly Washington made a determination that they want to be a physical football team, that lines up, pounds the ball, bigger backs, bigger offensive line," McShay said. "Scherff, I thought, was one of the five best players in the draft last year. They got him, he’s a physical tone setter. Preston Smith on the defensive front, a running back who’s a bigger guy who has size who can hit it up north and south. All of those guys fit that vision and philosophy, and it has worked out so far."

4. Laquon Treadwell wants to be an all-around elite receiver in the NFL.

Perhaps the best wide receiver in this year’s draft, Treadwell doesn’t want to be boxed into the corner of just a possession receiver.

“I think I’ll only get better,” Treadwell said. “I’ll continue to work, continue to get the best training now that I’m at the highest level. I’ll just continue to push myself to get better, and my game will show eventually.

Treadwell burst onto the scene during his junior season in 2015, as he totaled 82 receptions for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In Ole Miss’ Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State on New Year’s Eve, Treadwell had the best performance of his college career, catching six passes for 71 yards and three touchdowns.

If there is one potential knock on Treadwell, though, it may be his speed.

That question was exacerbated this week when he announced he wouldn’t be running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

“The questions, they don’t really bother me,” said Treadwell, who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 210 pounds. “I still have to go out there and play and have the production on the field. I don’t let it get to me. I’ll run what I run and just stay confident in myself."

5. Charles Davis has always been on the Scherff bandwagon.

Davis last May was on the ball when describing Scherff, as he wrote in his piece, "Projecting the 2015 NFL All-Rookie Team."

"He could play tackle, but I think he moves inside to guard and there are Pro Bowls in his future,' Davis wrote.

And, alas, the Redskins moved Scherff to right guard during training camp, and the No. 5-overall pick had a solid rookie year for Washington, missing just one snap all season.

Davis thinks Scherff is on the cusp of a terrific professional career.

"I thought body type, strength, I thought the way he played the game, that fit, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him become a perennial Pro Bowl, All-Pro type of a guard, because he has those types of skills," Davis told "And now with one year his belt, going into this year, everything’s not foreign anymore; everything’s not super fast anymore; everything’s not, ‘Oh wow, I’ve never done that before.’ Now it’s just adding some polish to some things and he’s the type of kid that will work and get that done. I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll be seeing him going to Pro Bowls and be listed on All-Pro lists coming up."

6. Dak Prescott believes he may actually be better under center in the long run.

Prescott may have spent his entire college career at Mississippi State in the shotgun, but the dual-threat quarterback said he feels “more like a big-time quarterback from under center.”

“I think I have to show people I can make all the drops from under center, something I haven’t been asked to do in high school or college,” Prescott said. “But I’ve been working really hard on doing it. My first live reps were at the Senior Bowl from under center, so just to show I can do that, I can get better.

"I’m athletic enough to do it so I don’t think it’s a hard transition. I just need to work at it and get comfortable at it.”

Prescott boosted his stock during the Senior Bowl, as he earned Most Outstanding Player honors after he connected on seven of his 10 pass attempts for 61 yards and a touchdown along with 13 rushing yards.

While he likely won’t be taken in the first round and isn’t part of the group of quarterbacks expected to be selected then, he could be the first “second-tier” quarterback taken.

“I’m going to come in every day, no matter where I’m at, if I’m here, if I’m back in Orlando training with coach Shaw, and just continue to get better,” Prescott said. “I’m worried about just getting my foot in the door in an organization and I’ll make the most of it from then on. Obviously, you want to go as high as you can from the financial standpoint but I’m just worried about getting my foot in at camp, getting in that organization, showing them what I can do.”

7. Daniel Jeremiah says the Redskins have taken on a 'punch you in the mouth' persona.

He thinks that'll continue in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, when he believes the team will take one of the several talented defensive linemen available. He has the Redskins drafting Robert Nkemdiche in his most recent mock draft.

"I can see them going defensive line – and maybe it’s not Nkemdiche; could be somebody else –  but there’s a lot of big, physical defensive linemen to choose from," he told

Jeremiah said McCloughan's foot prints are all over his current Redskins team.

"You look at the organizations where he’s been, and just the accumulation of talent that they’ve had – and they’ve had an identity as a football team," Jeremiah said. "And I think what he’s done here with the Washington Redskins, I look at who he’s drafted, I look at them bringing over Bill Callahan as offensive line coach, and they’ve said, ‘OK, we’re going to be a physical, physical team that’s going to be able to match up in a division, the NFC East, that historically, has been a very physical division.'"

8. Corey Coleman believes he can be a true offensive ace in the right offense.

The second-ranked wide receiver in NFL Network’s Mike Mayock’s pre-draft position rankings, Coleman believes he can do pretty much anything asked of him.

After passing the 1,000-yard mark during his sophomore season in 2014, Coleman, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, had a record-breaking season for the Bears in 2015, catching 74 passes for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns.

He’s confident he can continue his rapid pace right into his first NFL season. 

“I don’t want to be a project,” Coleman said. “I want to be that guy that I can come in and play off the jump.”

While Baylor has put up some spectacular offensive numbers over the years, some believe their offense, notorious for its “no playbook” style, hinders their receivers’ NFL potential due to their freelance route-running, Coleman doesn’t see it that way.

“I came from a high school that ran NFL routes had an NFL playbook and when I got to Baylor I had to adjust,” Coleman said. “From high school to college I had to make adjustments and from college to pro – even if you come from a pro-style offense – you’re going to have to make some adjustments because not everything’s going to be the same.”

9. Louis Riddick believes a first-round-type quarterback could slip down to the Redskins in the middle rounds.

Although Washington is hoping to retain Cousins for at least the 2015 season, head coach Jay Gruden said the team wouldn't shy away from takiing a quarterback in the draft this year.

Riddick, a front office insider for ESPN, told he'll be watching the quarterbacks closely this draft.

"There’s could be some guys right now really we’re talking about as being guys who are bonafide first rounders actually slide in this draft also," he said. "So you don't know."

Riddick said if quarterback Christen Hackenberg makes it past the Houston Texas, whose head coach, Bill O'Brien, used to be Hackenberg's coach, then he could slip into the middle rounds.

"I don’t think this draft is very deep once you get outside of those top four players, so I don’t think there’s anyone you can say is a bonafide mid rounder," he said. "That’s one of those things where the best GMs will just have to be very fluid with it and kind of roll with it and see, ‘Hey look, does this guy fit our character profile and physically where we were in a position where we thought long-term we were going to need another long-term answer other than Kirk.’ Although I don’t ever see it getting that way. One of these guys will fit. We’ll see how it goes."

10. Brandon Allen has been stretching his hands to make them bigger.

Here’s one of the wildest Combine stories of this year.

After his hands were measured as the smallest among the eight quarterbacks who partook in last month’s Senior Bowl with eight and a half-inch hands, Allen used therapy to try and stretch them out.

Well, it worked.

Allen had his hands measured again this week, and their now nearly nine inches."I think I had five sessions between the Senior Bowl and (the Combine), and I've done a lot of stretching on my own, too," Allen said.

In three seasons as Arkansas’ starting quarterback, Allen threw 63 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions.

Allen posted at least a 100 quarterback rating in all 13 of the Razorbacks’ games last season, including a 202.8 rating in a November game against Mississippi State when he threw for 406 yards and seven touchdowns to no interceptions.




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