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: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Who: Northern Illinois vs. Utah State
When: Thursday, December 26, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Players to watch:
Whenever a team has a safety that appears to be draftable, we’re going to talk about him as a possible Redskin. Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois a bit undersized at 5-feet-11, 192 but he has coverage skills like a cornerback. Ward was on the first team of the SI.com All-American team thanks in large part to his six interceptions this year. His tackling needs some work so between that issue and his size he should still be available in the fourth or fifth round.
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Tyler Larsen has started 51 at center straight games for the Aggies. If the Redskin junk the zone blocking scheme and switch to a power running game, he might be just the kind of anchor in the middle of the line they would be seeking. He’s big (6-4, 312) and strong and he those attributes to good use in the middle of the line. Lawson is not strong or athletic enough to function effective in the zone so we will have to see what changes a new coaching staff might bring before seriously evaluation Lawson as a possible fit in Washington.