There is no doubt that the Redskins will have wide receivers under the microscope in Indianapolis this week. The degree of their interest on draft day, however, could well depend on what transpires in free agency.
There is no question that the Redskins need to add talent at the position. It is their second-greatest area of need behind quarterback. But it is hard to go too deeply into what they might be looking for as far as receivers in the draft until we see what unfolds in free agency. That, of course, is true with vitually any area of the draft but it it seems to be more up in the air here.
If they solve the quarterback issue in free agency by signing someone like Matt Flynn or Peyton Manning, they could be looking for a wide receiver early in the draft, putting receivers like Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State or Kendall Wright of Baylor in play. They are both projected to be taken somewhere in the first round. Blackmon could cement himself into a spot in the top 10 with a solid 40 time at the combine.
Should the Redskins use their first-round pick on a quarterback like Robert Griffin III or Ryan Tannehill, Wright and Blackmon will be long gone by the time they pick again. One second- or third-round prospect they are likely to be keeping an eye on is Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech. Although his game needs some refinement, at 6-5 he is about to go up and pluck the ball out of the air like a pro already. If he proves to have good athletic ability the Redskins could look to him as a potential red zone target fairly soon and a playmaker from anywhere on the field at some point in the future.
Another second-day prospect is Joe Adams of Arkansas. He was the on the South team in the Senior Bowl, the squad coached by the Redskins staff. He looked good as the Souths Most Outstanding Player has he hauled in six passes for 116 yards.
The Redskins often go with the best player available later in the draft. An interesting prospect here might be Tommy Streeter of Miami. Hes another big guy at 6-5. Streeter didnt play much until his 2011 junior season. Streeter became a big-play guy leading the ACC with an average of 17.6 yards per catch. He should get a good look from the Redskins at the combine as a third-day project.
The complete list of wide receivers invited to the combine is available via the link below. They are in the order of Wes Buntings scouting grades.
Download 2012 WR combine list
CSN Washington will have wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL Combine starting Feb 23 and our Rich Tandler will be in Indianapolis. If there are any players on the list youd like to know more about, let us know in the comments or hit Rich up on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.