Redskins NFL draft prospects: Rose Bowl

Redskins NFL draft prospects: Rose Bowl
January 1, 2014, 12:45 pm
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With the Redskins’ 2013 season now over, 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: Rose Bowl

Who: Michigan State vs. Stanford

When: Wednesday, January 1, 5 p.m., ESPN

Players to watch:

Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy has shown up on some first-team All-American units thanks to the 14 sacks he posted and his 20 tackles for a loss. The Redskins’ interest in him if he’s still there when their top pick (No. 34 overall) comes around could hinge on their defensive scheme. Murphy might be better suited to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 (Brian Orakpo’s replacement if he leaves in free agency) than to being an end in a 4-3. However, some say he could add some bulk to his frame (6-6, 261) and play with his hand in the dirt with no problem.

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We won’t see Michigan State team captain and inside linebacker Max Bullough on the field in Pasadena as he has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. But outside linebacker Denicos Allen has started 38 straight games for the Spartans and he is worth watching. At his size (5-11, 218) he occasionally has some issues in a crowd but his quickness and intelligence make up for his safety-sized stature. Allen could probably contribute on special teams right away, certainly an area of need for the Redskins.