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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 2014 draft.
What: Allstate Sugar Bowl
Who: Alabama (-15) vs Oklahoma
When: Thursday Jan. 2, 7:30 pm, ESPN
Players to watch:
With a program as good as Alabama, it seems like almost every player has a real chance at playing in the pros. This Alabama team could have three players selected in the first round, and depending how the combine goes, maybe even more. With no first round pick available, the Redskins front office will be watching the Sugar Bowl for prospects available a bit later in the draft, and there is still loads of talent in this game.
One player that could be a great fit for Washington is Alabama guard Anthony Steen. A road-grading blocker for the powerful Crimson Tide run game, Steen measures 6'3", 300 lbs and could immediately jump onto the Redskins woeful offensive line. The draft experts think Steen won't last beyond the third round, so if Washington wants the 'Bama blocker, they will need to make a move with one of their early round picks.
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The Redskins have plenty of areas of need beyond the offensive line, and Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin could help the Washington secondary. Colvin is a speedster for Oklahoma with good size and he should be available in the 3rd round of the draft. Last season Colvin considered leaving Oklahoma early for the NFL Draft, but decided to stay for his senior season. The decision has backfired for Colvin, as he went from a borderline first-rounder last year to a likely 3rd or 4th round pick in the upcoming draft. A case of turf toe cost Colvin multiple games this season and impacted his play in others. Assuming Colvin can conquer the nagging injury, Washington could get first-round talent at a discount in 2014.