Haslett hopes influx of underclassmen helps Redskins

Haslett hopes influx of underclassmen helps Redskins
January 23, 2014, 1:45 pm
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So what happens for players after the Senior Bowl?

MOBILE, Ala.—A lot has been made in recent days about the record number of underclassmen who have declared for this year’s NFL draft. In all there are 98, which is up from 73 just a year ago.

And while it can be debated whether that’s a good or bad thing for the league, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett sees the increase as an opportunity for teams that are well prepared.

“With the juniors coming out this year—we’ve got 90 some juniors—and then you add all these [seniors] to it, you have to do a good job in the draft because you can get a bunch of good football players in the fourth and fifth rounds,” Haslett said.

On Wednesday, Haslett and defensive line coach Jacob Burney stood on the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, scouting reports in hand, as they watched nose tackles, tackles and ends run through drills at the Senior Bowl. Haslett and other members of the Redskins’ coaching staff and personnel department scouted each practice session here Monday-Wednesday.

“Some of these guys in the second or third round are going to get knocked down to the fourth or fifth round because of the [influx of underclassmen],” Haslett said.