No more meetings. Now it’s time for the Redskins' coaches and scouts to see firsthand what most of the top college prospects are all about at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The combine kicks off on Wednesday, with first workouts beginning on Thursday, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Redskins hold the No. 6 pick in the first round of the draft.
Even though team officials have identified positions of need by this point, they still want to evaluate every player to finalize their draft board.
Head coach Mike Shanahan, general manager Bruce Allen and director of player personnel Scott Campbell are among team officials in Indy this week.
Who are some of the top prospects who could get a close look by the Redskins’ talent evaluators?
Here are 10 to keep an eye on as the NFL Scouting Combine unfolds, starting on Saturday:
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Widely regarded as the top wide receiver in this year’s draft, the 6-1, 215-pound Blackmon has been compared by some to Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver. Catching passes from top quarterback prospect Brandon Weeden, Blackmon has logged 100 catches and 1,500 receiving yards each of the last two years as well as 40 career touchdown grabs. Scouts say he lacks great straight-line speed but he excels beating press coverage and running clean routes.
Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
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Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
The Redskins could look to fortify the secondary with an elite talent in Claiborne. A two-year starter at LSU, Claiborne has posted 11 career interceptions including six last year. His size stands out – he is 6-0 and 185 pounds and possesses great athleticism and unusually long arms, traits that should allow him to match up well with any type of receiver. Claiborne also doesn’t shy away from tackling in run defense – he posted 51 tackles last year.
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Should the Redskins decide to trade back in the first round, then DeCastro – described by scouts as a can’t-miss prospect on the interior offensive line – could be a target. At Stanford, Andrew Luck had to have time in the pocket to become an elite college passer, and one of the linemen he can thank is DeCastro, the 6-5, 312-pound guard. DeCastro is a solid anchor on the inside, a run-blocker who can excel in zone blocking and reach the second level in a hurry. Scouts say he has thrived due to excellent technique, toughness and smarts.
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Sure, everyone will keep an eye on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, but it’s a foregone conclusion that the Indianapolis Colts will select Luck with the top overall pick. Plenty more intrigue surrounds Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner. He flashed potential as a freshman starter in 2008 but suffered a season-ending knee injury the following season. He started each of the last two years, compiling remarkable numbers. Last season, he completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. The 6-2, 220-pounder played in a spread offense, so there’ll be an adjustment to the NFL game and especially NFL blitzes, but his arm strength, accuracy and mobility make him a potential franchise quarterback.
Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
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Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
If the Redskins target an elite offensive tackle, it’s likely that USC’s Ryan Kalil – the top prospect at the position – won’t be available at No. 6. Reiff would be a quality second option, though. A former tight end, defensive tackle and guard, Reiff has started the last two years solely at left tackle. He earned All-Big 10 honors each of those years. Thanks to his versatility, scouts say he could play either left or right tackle in the pros. The 6-6, 300-pounder has good range as a pass blocker and a nasty streak that has aided him in run-blocking at Iowa.
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Mike Shanahan has had success drafting running backs in the mid-rounds, but what if Richardson is there for the Redskins at No. 6? Richardson has been called the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. He dominated as a junior last year, posting 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He is also effective as a receiver out of the backfield, logging 29 receptions for 338 yards and three touchdowns last year. Like Peterson, Richardson is a physical runner and there’s some concern he could have a short NFL lifespan, but he should be a dominant force in the meantime.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
First things first: Tannehill is still rehabbing a foot injury and he won’t throw or perform in drills at the combine. He reportedly is waiting for his Pro Day to showcase his skills to NFL scouts. Meantime, coaches can get to know Tannehill in meeting rooms, break down film and find out how quickly he can pick up an NFL system. Tannehill is widely regarded as the third-best quarterback prospect behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, even though he has played the position just two years at the college level. (He started at Texas A&M as a wide receiver.) Last season, Tannehill completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 3,744 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He may not be an immediate NFL starter, but scouts project him as a potential franchise quarterback.