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#RedskinsBracket Breakdown And Analysis

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Several Washington Redskins players have filled out their brackets in time for the tournament to begin. Check out their full brackets and predictions here.

With the NCAA Tournament in full swing, several Washington Redskins players have gotten in on the action by creating their own brackets for #RedskinsBracket 2015.

Check out their brackets (click on the bracket to enlarge), as well as some analysis on their picks below:

Ryan Kerrigan – 91 – Outside Linebacker

National Champion: Purdue

National Championship Game: Purdue vs. Michigan State

Final Four: Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Duke

Notable Upsets: 11 Texas over 6 Butler; 11 Dayton over 6 Providence; 11 Ole Miss over 6 Xavier

By no surprise, the Boilermaker predicted his alma mater to go all the way this year, and also knock off No. 1-seeded Kentucky in the third round. His final four certainly favors his own conference, the Big Ten, as three of the schools hail from that conference, and he also anticipates an all-Big Ten championship game. Kerrigan’s Midwest region presents the most interesting Elite Eight prediction, as Purdue will play Notre Dame after the Irish defeat Kansas.

Chris Chester – 66 – Guard

National Champion: Kentucky

National Championship Game: Kentucky vs. UVA

Final Four: Kentucky, Virginia, Arizona, Duke

Notable Upsets: 11 Ole Miss over 6 Xavier; 11 UCLA over 6 SMU; 10 Georgia over 7 Michigan State

The former Oklahoma Sooner sticks with the smart money and picks Kentucky to win the National Championship, and finish the season undefeated. For his alma mater, Chester predicts they’ll make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but fall to Virginia. Out of the Midwest region, he’s got a good feeling about Wichita State, predicting the Shockers will reach the Elite Eight after beating Kansas and Butler in the previous two rounds. In the East, he presents another surprise, predicting that Northern Iowa will reach the Elite Eight, knocking off Villanova in the process.

Stephen Paea – 90 – Defensive Lineman

National Champion: Kentucky

National Championship Game: Kentucky vs. Duke

Final Four: Kentucky, Virginia, Duke, Wisconsin

Notable Upsets: 11 Texas over 6 Butler; 10 Davidson over 7 Iowa; 11 UCLA over 6 SMU; 12 S.F. Austin over 5 Utah

One of the newest members of the Washington Redskins plays it fairly safe with his bracket, predicting all the No. 1 seeds to reach the Final Four. In fact, with exception of Louisville, Paea has feeling it will be all 1-2 matchups in the Elite Eight. An interesting note, the Oregon State-product does have Oklahoma State knocking off the Ducks in the first round.

Akeem Davis – 47 – Safety

National Champion: Kentucky

National Championship Game: Kentucky vs. Gonzaga

Final Four: Kentucky, Michigan State, Gonzaga, North Carolina

Notable Upsets: 11 Texas over 6 Butler; 12 Wofford over 5 Arkansas; 11 Ole Miss over 6 Xavier; 11 Dayton over 6 Providence; 12 Wyoming over 5 Northern Iowa

Davis’ bracket is filled with bold predictions, just look at his final four. In fact, Davis has St. John’s upsetting Duke in the third-round, and has Georgia Tech playing Gonzaga in the Elite Eight in that region. Out of the West, Davis has North Carolina reaching the Final Four, knocking off Wisconsin in the Elite Eight along the way. At the end of the tournament, however, he sticks with top-seeded Kentucky as his National Champion.

Jackson Jeffcoat – 53 – Outside Linebacker

National Champion: North Carolina

National Championship Game: North Carolina vs. Duke

Final Four: Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Duke\

Notable Upsets: N/A

There certainly isn’t a personal conference biased here, as the Big 12 product places three ACC teams in his Final Four. In what would certainly be a much anticipated matchup, Jeffcoat predicts a North Carolina vs. Duke rematch in the National Championship game, with the Tar Heels cutting down the nets. As for his Longhorns, he has them losing in the first round to Butler. Overall, he plays it fairly safe with his selections, with the exception of Xavier and North Carolina making it to the Elite Eight in the West region.

Andrew Walker – Managing Editor – Redskins.com

National Champion: Kentucky

National Championship Game: Kentucky vs. Virginia

Final Four: Kentucky, Arizona, Virginia, Iowa State

Notable Upsets: 12 Buffalo over 5 West Virginia; 11 Texas over 6 Butler

With Iowa State in the Final Four, Walker drinks the Kool-Aid of one of the Big 12’s dark horse teams to make a deep run. Except for the South region where he has Duke falling to the Cyclones, he goes with all No 1.-seeds in his Final Four. The Muncie, Ind., native polishes his bracket off with top-seeded Wildcats going undefeated, beating the Cavaliers from Virginia by a score of 75-66.