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: Texas Bowl
Who: Minnesota vs. Syracuse
When: Friday, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Players to watch: NFL teams looking to fortify their defensive line will certainly have an eye on Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, a versatile and athletic 6-6, 311-pound tackle. He notched 34 tackles, including 11 for loss and was named first team All-Big Ten this season. Hageman has also accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. ESPN draft guru Todd McShay projects Hageman to be a late first round pick, which would put him out of the Redskins’ reach.
Minnesota safety Brock Vereen was also named first team All-Big Ten and has accepted an invitation to the East West Shrine Game. McShay says Vereen projects as a 4-7 round selection, which could put him on Washington's radar.
For Syracuse, defensive tackle Jason Bromley (6-4, 290) will suit up in the East-West Shrine Game, as well. A strong athlete, he’s expected to show well at the NFL Draft Combine. Orange running back Jerome Smith, meantime, has decided he will forgo his last year of eligibility and turn pro. He rushed for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.