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With the Redskins’ 2013 season now over, 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 the 2014 draft.
What: Compass Bowl
Who: Vanderbilt (-2.5) vs Houston
When: Saturday Jan. 4, 1:00 pm, ESPN
Players to watch:
Most football talk this weekend centers around the NFL playoffs, but that doesn't mean the Redskins college scouts won't be looking elsewhere. Scott Campbell and company will be watching the Compass Bowl featuring Vanderbilt against Houston. Neither school is a college football blue blood, but Vandy coach James Franklin has ammassed talent in Nashville.
Jordan Matthews, the biggest name for the Commodores, could be a great fit for the Redskins at wide receiver. Matthews showed terrific hands throughout the season and can take the tough hits dished out by SEC defenses. Robert Griffin III could use another sure-handed wideout, particularly with the size of Matthews at 6'3", 205 lbs. If drafted, Matthews would quickly become the Skins biggest receiver, but if Washington wants Matthews, they will likely have to take them with their first pick in the second round. With more than 100 catches and over 1,300 yards, Matthews will not last much longer past the 2nd round.
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The Houston Cougars don't have a player that screams NFL talent, but they do have a performer that could really help Washington. Sav Rocca had a poor season punting for the Redskins, and Houston punter RIchie Leone is the type of young, cheap punter Washington could use. The Skins would likely not have to draft Leone, but he could be a big special teams boost as an undrafted free agent.