D. Bakhtiari among combine's top OTs

D. Bakhtiari among combine's top OTs
February 21, 2013, 3:45 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -– Although restocking the secondary figures to be the Redskins’ primary objective ahead of April's draft, it’s possible they’ll also consider bolstering the offensive line.

Oft-injured Jammal Brown’s contract voided earlier this month, making the veteran a free agent. Tyler Polumbus, meantime, is a pending unrestricted free agent and was inconsistent in 2012 as Brown’s replacement at right tackle.

That could mean the Redskins will be taking a long, hard look at tackles such as David Bakhtiari this week at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Bakhtiari is an athletic 6 foot 4, 299-pound tackle out of Colorado. He's projected to be a second round pick.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I’m not going to close any doors," he said Thursday, asked if he had a preferred landing spot. “I’ve got all 32 doors open.”

Like the the other 300-plus prospects who received invitations to the combine, Bakhtiari will be measured and given a physical exam. He’ll also be administered two exams designed to measure his motivation and intellect and will be interviewed by dozens of teams.

Then on Saturday, Bakhtiari will participate in a number of drills ranging from the 40-yard dash to bench press. He’ll also get to show off his trademark versatility in the position drills.

“I can play any position,” said Bakhatiari, who played left tackle for the Buffaloes. “I don’t think that height is an issue. At the next level you need to have the athleticism to play on the outside and I think I have athleticism to play on the outside and I have the leverage to play on the inside as well.”

Bakhtiari is the younger brother of journeyman linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, who has played for eight NFL teams and is currently a free agent.

“He’s been there through the whole process, through every little thing, through deciding whether to come out, every thing at Colorado, including my game, and even now he’s helping me train,’’ David said of his older brother.

In addition to Bakhatiari, the Redskins could have interest in tackles Oday Aboushi (Virginia), Justin Pugh (Syracuse), Brennan Williams (North Carolina) and Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), among other pegged for the second - fifth rounds.