5 Pro Days the Redskins Should Be Focusing on
The offseason countdown is on and fans are foaming at the mouth more than ever for information about their respective teams. With free agency less than a week away and the NFL draft looming in the distance, teams are in the final stretch of a year’s worth of due diligence. The Washington Redskins’ faithful are just as invested as any at this time coming off the most exciting season in over a decade.
With RG3 at the helm, the Redskins look to be an annual contender in the NFC. Now the focus is on adding the key toppings to this burgundy and gold cake.
With the NFL combine in the rear-view mirror, hopeful prospects are left to their pro days and private interviews to impress teams. Some pro day results are already in but the majority are in the near future.
Here, we will examine five pro days that the Redskins need to keep their eye on in the coming weeks.
1. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (March 4)
The school name might fool you at first, but the player's shouldn't. With only two players working out at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's pro day, all the attention was focused on Terron Armstead.
Armstead is a massive left tackle who caught scouts' eyes at the combine after running a 4.71 40-yard dash. At 6'5" and 306 pounds, Armstead moves like a tight end but has the strength to impress coaches (31 reps). With offensive line a need for the Redskins this year, Allen and his legion of scouts are sure to be taking a closer look at some Arkansas-Pine Bluff film.
2. Mississippi State (March 6)
Mississippi State's pro day features two players to pay attention to; one you've heard of, the other probably not. Johnthan Banks is one of this year's top corners but has slowly been falling back into the mix with players like Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant. After a lackluster combine, Banks came out and impressed with a 4.51 40-yard dash and a 34.5" vertical leap.
Darius Slay is a name that many are overlooking at this point, but his name will be on this rise over the next six weeks. At 6'0" and 192 pounds, Slay dominated with a 4.36 40-yarder and a 35.5" vertical leap. Both players will have the Redskins interested if they are still available in the second round.
3. Florida International (March 8)
It should only a take a few seconds after reading this school's name to realize what player is being talked about. Jonathan Cyprien is one of the biggest risers this offseason. With many needs in the secondary, the Redskins will be paying close attention to his pro day results.
Cyprien had a nagging injury at the combine and was unable to participate in most drills. However, the FIU hard hitter still impressed in the one drill he did partake in, a 38.5" vertical leap.
Don't fool yourself with the rumors about offseason workouts, Cyprien's pro day will have some impact on whether he cracks into the first round.
4. Oregon State (March 15)
One of this offseason's quieter players has been Jordan Poyer. That can lead to some fans forgetting about him. Poyer is a consistent corner that teams can rely on, but his lack of flash can leave some evaluators wanting more.
At the combine, Poyer underperformed at times with a slower 40 (4.54) and bench press (eight reps) than most were hoping for. Nevertheless, Poyer is a quality player with a long career ahead of him in the NFL. If Poyer can improve upon his combine numbers, particularly in the 40, he will elevate himself into the late Round 1/early Round 2 debate.
5. Florida State (March 19)
One of the most packed workouts this offseason will be the Florida State pro day. With 14 players scheduled to work out including notables such as Bjoern Werner, EJ Manuel, Cornelius "Tank" Carradine and Xavier Rhodes, the field is sure to be packed.
Xaiver Rhodes is the obvious name that most fans will gravitate to because of the Redskins' need in the secondary, and they're right. Rhodes has the size and skill to match up with speedy and powerful receivers.
However, keep your eye out for offensive tackle Menelik Watson, who could be a solid mid-round depth player.
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