CBSSports.com is doing a draft spotlight series, looking at each team’s needs and listing five players who should be on that team’s radar.
Analyst Dan Brugler did the breakdown on the Redskins recently so let’s take a look at his five “on the radar” picks.
DL Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota—We took a look at him during the bowl season. He’s 6-6, 311, and very versatile. They could put him at one of the end positions and forget about it for the next five to seven years. Many have him projected to be a first-round pick so it would take something unexpected—and we always expect the unexpected in the NFL draft—for Hageman to fall to the Redskins.
OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State—At 6-6, 309 he’d have to put on a few pounds to fit Jay Gruden’s prototype for an offensive tackle but he has solid technique and could adapt to the pro game fairly quickly. A third- or fourth-round prospect.
CB Walt Aikens, Liberty—He look like the prototypical modern-day corner with good size (6-1) and superb athletic ability as he displayed as a track athlete and a basketball player at Liberty. Another mid-round prospect.
ILB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA—He’s probably not full-time replacement for London Fletcher but he could contribute as a role player and his nasty attitude would be a big plus on special teams. He should be around on the third day of the draft.
TE Anthony Denham, Utah—I don’t quite understand this recommendation. Denham is more of a Jordan Reed clone who, according to Brugler, “appears allergic to blocking”. He does have impressive size at 6-5, 235 and he might be worth a seventh-round flyer.