With less than one week of professional football remaining, 30 teams are preparing to watch a game they set out for five months ago. The Super Bowl has the 49ers and Ravens still in regular-season preparation mode, but the Washington Redskins have put their offseason program into full gear.
This past weekend completed one of the biggest job interviews for college players, the Senior Bowl. Some of the countries most notable players teamed up with under-the-radar prospects in this annual All-Star Game.
The Senior Bowl is a week long scouting venture for all 32 teams as coaches and scouts observe practices and the Saturday game. There are always players who outperform the pack in these games and begin to watch their draft stock rise. Here, we will examine three players who's stock is on the rise following the Senior Bowl, and should be high on the Redskins' draft board.
The Redskins showcased an improved receiving core in 2012, with the addition of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. Garcon emerged as a true No. 1 threat for rookie Robert Griffin III. However, the receivers group still lacks true depth with Santana Moss getting long in the tooth and Brandon Banks failing to develop as a legitimate receiver.
To fill out the receiving group, the Redskins cannot help but examine Marquise Goodwin. The former Texas receiver is also an NCAA track star with the ability to separate from defenders with just a few steps. Goodwin finished with five catches for 44 yards but he flashed impressive talent all week and will not escape Day 2 of the draft.
It is no surprise that the Redskins' secondary is in desperate need of talent this offseason, and this will have to be addressed in the draft. The Redskins were able to skate by with a patchwork safety group this season, but a true cover safety needs to be added.
Bacarri Rambo is a name many will hear in the coming months after this Bulldog's performance on Saturday (Rambo made a beautiful interception off of Syracuse's Ryan Nassib). While Rambo can struggle against the run, his coverage ability is undeniable and will be valued by many teams on draft weekend.
The Redskins' offensive line performed admirably in 2012, helping produce the second overall rushing attack. Nevertheless, the O-line is in need of additional quality starters to bolster the pass protection.
Larry Warford took advantage of two premiere absentees (Chance Warmack & Jonathan Cooper) to flash dominant ability from the guard position. His nasty demeanor makes him a true force whether in the run or pass game.
While Warmack and Cooper will likely be off the board in the first round, Warford has elevated his stock and could be a potential pick for the Redskins in the second or third round.