Redskins NFL draft prospects: New Mexico Bowl

Redskins NFL draft prospects: New Mexico Bowl
December 21, 2013, 11:45 am
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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: New Mexico Bowl

Who: Colorado State vs. Washington State

When: Saturday Dec. 21, 2 p.m. (ESPN) 

Players to watch:

The top prospect in the game is Washington State S Deone Bucannon, who this week was named to the Associated Press All-America team. The Redskins, of course, drafted a pair of safeties last season, but Phillip Thomas suffered a season-ending foot injury in the preseason and Bacarri Rambo lost his starting job after two games. Bucannon (6-1, 215) has led the Cougars in tackles the past two seasons, notching 106 in 2012 and 109 as a senior. The California native also recorded five interceptions, three forced fumbles and 4.5 tackles for loss this season and has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl. He could be a first round selection, which would put him out of the Redskins’ reach. 

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Colorado State, meantime, has a trio of players worth watching: C Weston Richburg, OLB Shaquil Barrett and TE Crockett Gillmore. Richburg (6-4, 300) has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, while Barrett (6-2, 250) and Gillmore (6-6, 255) have agreed to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Gillmore led all Mountain West Conference tight ends in receiving, hauling in 43 passes for 533 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.