15 East-West Shrine Game Prospects to Watch for the Redskins

January 18, 2014 in Redskins Personnel



*Players are listed in no set order

1. ILB Max Bullough, Michigan State (West):

Projected Rd: 4th

-Bullough would be a good 2nd tier option to help the Redskins incredibly thin ILB position. He's not the most athletically gifted player, but he's smart and should be able to start early in his career if you need him to. At the very least he's a quality back-up and core special teamer as a rookie.

2. WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina (East):

Projected Rd: 6th

-Hazel is a small school receiver who really opened some eyes this week. It's a deep receiver class and since he's not really tall or incredibly fast (though he says his target 40 time is 4.3) he probably won't jump too high in the draft. He's a guy who people could overlook and slide to the end of the draft. He has "steal" written all over him after his strong week of practice and could quickly become a starter if given the opportunity.

3. S Tre Boston, UNC (East):

Projected Rd: 4th-5th

-Boston was the best safety down here and shows impressive range and decision making. He might not be a starter, but could compete given the Redskins thin roster. He would offer good depth and special teams ability for the Redskins safety woes.

4. CB Pierre Desir, Lindwood (East):

Projected Rd: 4th-5th

-Desir shows impressive length, speed  and size that teams covet. He's a bit of a raw prospect who had an up-and-down week, but teams will view him as a guy who with proper coaching can be asked to start in a year or two. The Skins only have three corners under contract for next year and two of them (Chase Minnifield and Richard Crawford) are hardly assured of spots.

5. CB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (East):

Projected Rd: 5th-6th

-Hal had a nice career in the SEC and had a strong week of practice displaying impressive cover skills. He's not as athletically gifted as some corners, but shows really impressive instincts and was rarely out of position. Hal could help with depth and possibly work as a slot corner early in his career.

6. DL Kerry Wynn, Richmond (East):

Projected Rd: 6th-7th

-Wynn didn't have a lot of hype coming in, but he had a really strong week and shows a very good frame. He would be undersized for the 5-technique right now, but has the ability to put on the weight to play the spot. He shows a good combination of power and speed and should have a nice NFL future.

7. C/G James Stone, Tennessee (East):

Projected Rd: 5th

-Stone was one of best interior linemen down here this week and has experience both at guard and center. He showed a nice anchor and could be a good late round pick to boost the depth of the line

8. CB Ross Cockrell, Duke (East):

Projected Rd: 5th

-Cockrell had an up and down senior year, but he had a pretty impressive week covering the East wide receivers. He's not going to start right away, but he could contribute with depth and special teams play and help the Redskins secondary in the future.

9. QB Keith Wenning, Ball State (West):

Projected Rd: 6th-7th

-Wenning had the best week of the West quarterbacks and now looks like a solid developmental guy. The Skins could be looking for a late round guy/undrafted guy to replace Rex Grossman this year, and then take over back-up duties in the future.

10. TE Jordan Najvar (Baylor (West):

Projected Rd: 7th-UDFA

-Najvar didn't have a lot of attention coming in, but he's a good size tight end who showed nice hands this week. He's a bit of a project, but he could look to replace Logan Paulsen if Paulsen doesn't improve his blocking. He might be a guy you try to stash for a year on the practice squad.

11. T/G Austin Wentworth, Fresno State (West):

Projected Rd: 4th

-Wentworth is probably the best offensive line prospect in this game. He's got some versatility (RT or guard) and plays very technically sound football. He shows nice strength and decent quickness.

12. OG Ryan Groy, Wisconsin (West):

Projected Rd: 6th-7th

-Groy is a big physical guard in the mold of what Jay Gruden had in Cincinnati. He's not an early starter, but he offers depth and size that the Redskins desperately need (as well as starters)

13. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech (West):

Projected Rd: 3rd-4th

-Ellis is the ideal Nose Tackle, a 350 lbs guy with the quickness to push the pocket and get after the quarterback. The Redskins could look to utilize Cofield in a variety of roles this year and could use a "true" nose tackle to make it easier to justify. Eillis could give the Redskins a big force in the middle and he should be able to contribute early.

14. DE Josh Mauro, Stanford (West):

Projected Rd: 5th

-Mauro has a strong frame and shows good quickness to go along with his natural power. He needs to bulk up some to be a 5 technique, but playing at Stanford he has experience in the role. Given the Redskins should be releasing Carriker and Bowen, new bodies will be needed.

15. LB Tyler Starr, South Dakota (West):

Projected Rd: 7th

-Starr was not a big name entering the week, but he really showed that he could play this week. He showed great coverage ability and has impressive size and speed. He could be a nice developmental guy for an interior linebacker position. He also would likely be a core special teams type of player.




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