The Washington Redskins have well-documented needs at cornerback, safety and right tackle that they will look to address in this year’s draft. The Senior Bowl gives them a chance to get a fresh take on players they have been looking at across the college season.
The whole week is a chance to sway a general manager’s decision, and the players know it. That’s why the Senior Bowl beats the Pro Bowl every time.
The Redskins chose Alfred Morris based on his Senior Bowl performances, so it wouldn’t be the first time the front office used the game to their advantage. However, it’s also possible that Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen ignore the Senior Bowl altogether and just pick seven players out of SMU.
The game itself is actually of less importance, and often it's how the players conduct themselves in the practices that gives teams a better idea of how they'll perform in the pros.
Read on for 7-round projections for the Redskins, partially informed by the performances in the Senior Bowl as well as the week leading up to the game.
Note: This mock is based on the assumption that Fred Davis will re-sign with the team.