The Redskins coaches and college scouts have assembled in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl, gauging prospects with an eye toward the NFL Draft.
Since the Redskins are coaching the South squad this year, they should be able to get up close and personal with many of the top prospects.
Team officials will spend the day evaluating players on the practice field – from both North and South squad – and spend the evening meeting with them at team hotels.
Last year, the Redskins drafted six players who participated in the Senior Bowl: linebacker
Who are some of this year’s Senior Bowl prospects to keep an eye on as Senior Bowl week unfolds?
EMMANUEL ACHO, LB, TEXAS (South Squad)
The Redskins could have a need at inside linebacker this offseason, even if it’s as a developmental prospect. Acho, 6-2 and 245 pounds, progressed every year at Texas and last season posted 131 tackles (including 19 tackles for a loss), three sacks and six pass break-ups. Scouts like the way he reads and reacts at the line of scrimmage and he is regarded as a sound tackler in run defense, essential traits for a 3-4 inside backer. His brother Sam, a defensive end, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.
MIKE ADAMS, OT, OHIO STATE (North Squad)
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MIKE BREWSTER, C, OHIO STATE (North Squad)
QUINTON COPLES, DE, NORTH CAROLINA (South Squad)
Coples stands at 6-6, 285 pounds and may be a better fit for a 4-3 than a 3-4, but he could very well be the best overall prospect at this year’s Senior Bowl. He was a two-year starter for the Tar Heels and he posted 30.5 sacks in that span, including 15 last season. He has long arms, making him effective in the run game, and he works to get in position for devastating hits. He drew criticism for playing not to get hurt in his senior season and his motor is something that coaches will need to keep an eye on during Senior Bowl week.
ALFONZO DENNARD, CB, NEBRASKA (North Squad)
Playing in a division with elite wide receivers Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin and Dez Bryant, the Redskins could look to upgrade the cornerback position this offseason. Why not look to Nebraska, where the Redskins plucked three players in last year’s draft? Dennard, 5-10 and 205 pounds, was a three-year starter for the Huskers and played alongside Redskins safety
NICK FOLES, QB, ARIZONA (South Squad)
Since the Redskins appear to have a need for a young quarterback, all eyes will be on the QB prospects at the Senior Bowl. Arizona’s Foles has been listed as the fourth-best prospect behind Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill. At 6-5 and 240 pounds, Foles made strides each year at Arizona. Last season was his best: he completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Scouts like Foles’ strong arm but say he needs work reading defenses and seeing the field.
JANORIS JENKINS, CB, NORTH ALABAMA (South Squad)
Jenkins has character issues – he was kicked off the University of Florida team last year following an arrest – but there’s no denying his talent and playmaking ability. He transferred to North Alabama, a Division II school, last season and posted two interceptions and four pass break-ups. At 5-10 and 183 pounds, Jenkins has great speed and even fleet-footed receivers like Victor Cruz and DeSean Jackson could have trouble separating from him. At Florida, he posted eight interceptions from 2008-10. He could make an impact as a return specialist as well --- he returned three punts for touchdowns last season.
DWIGHT JONES, WR, NORTH CAROLINA (South Squad)
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KELLEN MOORE, QB, BOISE STATE (North Squad)
There’s a lot of buzz about Moore, the 6-0, 191-pound quarterback who is undersized but is clearly a winner. He has guided the Broncos to a 50-3 record since 2008. He already has a victory at FedExField, leading Boise State to a 33-30 win with a last-minute 13-yard touchdown pass on Sept. 6, 2010. He falls into the super smart category with his pre-snap reads and he has good accuracy. Moore completed 74.3 percent of his passes last season for 3,800 yards, 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Scouts have questioned his arm strength as well as his size, but his intangibles could make him enticing to teams.
BRANDON WEEDEN, QB, OKLAHOMA STATE (South Squad)
Another quarterback to watch? Yep. The position is clearly one that will be a Redskins focus – at least among fans – this offseason. Weeden was a 2002 draft pick by the New York Yankees but his baseball career ended due to injury. He enrolled at Oklahoma State and emerged as a starter in 2010 throwing to the likes of Justin Blackmon, an elite wide receiver in this year’s draft. Last year, Weeden completed 72.3 percent of his passes for 4,727 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He turns 28 next October and his age could work against him in the early rounds of the draft. At 6-4 and 218 pounds, he has decent mobility in the pocket as well.