As the Senior Bowl rapidly approaches; as we dive head first into the Pro Days and eventually the Scouting Combine, there will certainly be people whose draft stock rises and lowers as the 2011 NFL Draft approaches.
When it comes to the Redskins, you continue to hear the exact same names brought up—Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Mark Ingram, Robert Quinn and Julio Jones.
All of these names are amongst the biggest in the draft, and about half of the them may not be on the board before the Redskins have an opportunity to snap them up.
The 'Skins will be without a pair of middle round picks, but for the sake of argument, one could assume disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and quarterback Donovan McNabb could get some trade value.
When it comes to head coach Mike Shanahan and the draft, it's not the first round I'm thinking about—it's everything after that.
While he's been called out for having a shaky draft history, one can't argue that when he hits on a player, he really hits on one. Usually he has success finding a late round gem. Terrell Davis may have never been drafted had Shanahan not taken him in the sixth round. T.D went on to have a legendary career in Denver.
Recently, another fifth round draft pick, running back Ryan Torain, made his presence known in the Redskins backfield, While one of his seventh round draft pick, running back Peyton Hillis, vaulted his way into Larry Czonka comparisons for the Browns.
Current Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was a fourth round draft pick, while Denver wide receiver Eddie Royal was a second round pick.
And perhaps the best example of Shanahan's seemingly insane ability to pick up talent out of nowhere is wide receiver Rod Smith. Smith went undrafted before joining the Denver Broncos. When Mike Shanahan arrived in Denver, he put Smith on the field.
Smith went on to be one of the best wide receivers the game has ever seen.
It's for this reason that I'm more interested in what the Redskins do in the later rounds, rather than the first round.
So, let's take a look at some of the late round (using the term "late" somewhat loosely) prospects that the Washington Redskins should take a strong look at in the upcoming NFL Draft.