- Washington's Jake Locker is the top quarterback prospect competing in the Senior Bowl. (Photo: Associated Press)
NFL scouts and draft gurus this week are down in Mobile, AL, for the Under Armour Senior Bowl, which will take place this Saturday on NFL Network.
This week leading up to the game features practices for the North and South teams, and are equally as important for the players as is the game. Their performances in drills and scrimmages will be evaluated as well, and yesterday, their physical makeup was recorded during national scouting weigh-in.
There are a little more than a hundred players on the two rosters combined, but here are the names of three possible early-round prospects that could draw some interest from the Redskins' officials.
1.) Jake Locker
With Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallett all not at the Senior Bowl, this is Locker’s time to shine. He is the only quarterback with believed first-round grade at Senior Bowl week, and this is his opportunity to show scouts that he has good command and that the inaccuracies that plagued him his senior season shouldn't be causes for concern. Mike Shanahan reportedly liked Locker as a junior a good deal, but the quarterback returned to the University of Washington for a senior season, and it ended up being a down year. Could a strong performance this week renew Shanahan's interest?
2.) Phil Taylor
The Baylor nose tackle could be available at the No. 42 spot for Washington, who is in need of a dominant nose tackle to anchor the line. ESPN’s Todd McShay reported that yesterday at the weigh-in, Taylor tipped the scales at 337, carried the weight “very well” and that he has “thick calves, broad shoulders and was not a sloppy 337 pounds.” You can bet the Redskins’ scouts are eyeing Taylor.
3.) Von Miller
The Texas A&M product split time between end and linebacker this past season, but he is expected to be a full-time linebacker in the NFL. He is projected to go in the 8 to 12 range, which would mean Washington could have a shot at him if they chose not to go the quarterback route in the first round. A strong pass-rushing threat to complement Brian Orakpo definitely is a need for the Redskins.