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: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Who: Baylor (11-1) vs. Central Florida (11-1)
When: Tonight, 8:30 (ESPN)
Players to watch: Redskins QB (and Baylor alum) Robert Griffin III is expected to be in the stands, while a coach the Redskins could have some interest in interviewing—Baylor’s Art Briles—will be on the sidelines.
Redskins’ scouts, however, will have their eyes on the field.
The top NFL prospects on Baylor are OG Cyril Richardson, RB Lache Seastrunk, S Ahmad Dixon and WR Tevin Reese. Richardson, Dixon and Reese have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl.
Richardson (6-5, 340) and Seastrunk (5-9, 210) are projected to be first or second round picks next May, according to NFLdraftscout.com. Dixon (6-0, 205) is projected to be a second or third round selection and, considering the Redskins’ struggles in the secondary and particularly at safety, could be of interest. Meanwhile, the speedy Reese (5-10, 170) hauled in 33 catches for 824 yards and eight touchdowns.
On the Central Florida side, the Knights’ best player is QB Blake Bortles (6-4, 230). Although he has not announced whether he intends to leave school early, Bortles has rocketed up the NFL teams’ draft boards. This season, he completed 68-percent of his passes for 3,280 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Redskins won’t be in the market for quarterback unless they trade Kirk Cousins—and even then, it’s likely Bortles will be gone before they pick in the second round.