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: Discover Orange Bowl
Who: Clemson (10-2) vs. Ohio State (12-1)
When: Friday, 8:30 (ESPN)
Players to watch: The best player on the field will be Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. But since the Redskins don’t possess a first round pick, the 6-1, 205 pound playmaker won’t be an option in Washington.
The Redskins could, however, have their eyes on Tigers offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (6-3, 305). Thomas, a second team All-ACC selection, is a strong pass blocker and has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, meantime, owns a record of 31-8 as a starter and is projected as a third or fourth round pick by NFLdraftscout.com. The Redskins don’t need a quarterback—unless they trade Kirk Cousins, that is.
As for Ohio State, versatile outside linebacker Ryan Shazier is Buckeyes’ best player. But the 6-2, 230 junior hasn’t announced if he’s coming out. Shazier (134 tackles, 22.5 for loss) a projected first round pick but could slip to the second round.
Another Buckeye the Redskins might be watching is 6-6, 308 offensive tackle Jack Mewhort. Can play both sides and has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.