'A great head start' for Redskins at Senior Bowl

'A great head start' for Redskins at Senior Bowl
January 23, 2012, 6:25 pm
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MOBILE, Ala. Standing alongside Dallas defensivecoordinator Rob Ryan in the back of a jammed-pack convention center ballroomMonday morning, Redskins director of procollege scouting Scott Campbell waslike everybody else, furiously scribbling down the height and weight for eachof the 100 prospects in this weeks Senior Bowl.But after every player was trotted through, Ryan and 29other teams of scouts and coaches could only wait to observe practice and havelimited chit-chat with the prospects.For Campbell and the Redskins organization (along withMinnesota), being responsible for coaching the teams brings a rare opportunity.
Its better than Indy, Campbell said of next monthsScouting Combine. You only get 15 minutes with them there and theyve beencoached like crazy by agents and handlers on how to answer questions and how tobehave. Its scripted.Not so much at the Senior Bowl, where some players have onlyrecently finished their college season and maybe still be deciding on an agent.Here, theyve had some of that training but this is theirfirst full-blown exposure when were interviewing them, Campbell said. Theyrenot as guarded. Its a great head start.In more than two decades in the NFL, Campbell said this isonly the second time hes worked for a team that is one of the coaching staffs(Kansas City early in his career).The Senior Bowl traditionally picked the AFC and NFC staffsthat had the best non-playoff record. But perhaps trying to create some morejuice, the Vikings (third overall pick) and Redskins (sixth overall pick) arecertain to be First Round Night players.For the Redskins, that doesnt just mean a chance for theassistants to work one-on-one drills with players instead of watching from thestands. Their entire coaching and personnel staff will be on the field or onthe sidelines during practice. The other 30 teams are allowed two people apieceto be inside the fence of Ladd-Peebles Stadium.Additionally, Campbell said there is an off-the-fieldbenefit.You basically get to live with these prospects for one week,he said. You get to sit in the meetings with them, you get to see how theyhandle the installation, even though its not very complicated. You just get toknow them. Its an advantage and a great privilege to have.Campbell and several personnel people represented theRedskins in the weight-inmeasurement meeting (which lasted an hour). Next upis the first practice later Monday afternoon.Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcsatsportsnet.com