For Redskins, time to look to 2014 draft
With the Redskins’ 2013 season winding down, CSNWashington.com will be keeping an eye on the upcoming college bowl games and the NFL prospects who could be on Washington’s radar in 2014 draft.
What: Beef O'Brady's Bowl
Who: East Carolina (-14) vs. Ohio
When: Monday Dec. 23, 2:00 pm ESPN
Players to watch:
These two teams are known for explosive offenses, but if the Redskins should scout any players taking part in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, they should look to the defensive side. East Carolina senior linebacker Derrell Johnson led the team in tackles this season, and the 6'4", 260 lb. player out of Baltimore could be the kind of late round addition Washington needs to improve its putrid special teams.
Johnson is a solid tackler with enough speed to contribute right away on kickoff and punt coverage. Johnson also showed some playmaking skills with 6.5 sacks and an interception on the season. Projections show him as a 6th or 7th round draft pick, but with a good bowl game and solid combine showing his draft stock could improve.
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The Ohio Bobcats have been inconsistent this season, registering some big wins in the MAC but also being blown out a few times. One name to remember for the Bobcats is senior cornerback Travis Carrie. He will have his work cut out for him against the ECU Air Raid offensive attack, but in Ohio's regular season finale against UMass, Carrie grabbed two interceptions. If that wasn't enough, Carrie returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns.
The current Redskins coaching staff is known to like playmakers, and if Carrie can again show that shill, it could move him onto the back end of the Washington draft board.