Haslett sees talent on South defense

Haslett sees talent on South defense
January 26, 2012, 6:42 pm
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MOBILE, Ala. They dont have a bubble here, so the practices have been moved into a nearby convention hall because of heavy rains, so no workout report for today. That leaves time for some leftover notes:

Talked to Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett this morning and he thinks there are five to six first-round picks on his South defense. Generating the most buzz are DL Courtney Upshaw, DE Quinton Coples and DL Melvin Ingram.

Haslett said he was mystified by LaRon Landrys decision not to have surgery on his damaged Achilles tendon.

Another player Haslett likes is Furman cornerback Ryan Steed. He said Steed has a 78-inch wing span (which is in offensive line territory), and he can use those long arms to get the advantage at the line of scrimmage.

Not that we needed much convincing, but the drafts three top quarterbacks are not participating in this game. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III arent eligible since they were juniors this past season, and Ryan Tannehill has a broken foot. Of the six quarterbacks in the game, Brandon Weeden has been by far the most impressive and thats not saying much.

From a Redskins perspective, not getting a chance to work with Tannehill was a big loss since he is projected as a late first-round pick and the Redskins could have traded down if they liked him enough and not have to sell a lot to get Griffin.

Boise State running back Doug Martin is only 5 feet 9 and 219 pounds, but he has a burst and looks very comfortable in pass protection and catching the football out of the backfield.

Todays practices were going to be walkthrough-type workouts anyway, and its not like an elaborate scheme will be run. There will be no blitzing, no stunting and primarily zone coverage.

One prospect that would have been fun to watch this week is Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, generally considered No. 2 at that position behind Oklahoma States Justin Blackmon. Floyd caught 95 passes last fall for the Irish.
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