For Redskins, time to look to 2014 draft
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: Military Bowl
Who: Marshall (-3) vs. Maryland
When: Friday Dec. 27, 2:30 pm ESPN
Players to watch:
Marshall has one of the most explosive offenses in the country, averaging 43 points per game, good for No. 7 in the country. Quarterback Rakeem Cato took home the Conference USA Player of the Year award and scored more than 40 touchdowns through the air and the ground. But the best draft prospect for the Thundering Herd comes at tight end in 6'2", 240 lb. Gator Hoskins.
Hoskins is a blocking beast with great hands, with the body of an NFL tight end that could also help a team at the hybrid H-back role. For the season, Hoskins caught 44 catches for 717 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Redskins may look to add tight end depth late in the draft with the expected departure of Fred Davis, and Hoskins could be available toward the back end of the draft.
On the Maryland sideline, a pair of defenders could find themselves on the Redskins draft board. Cornerback Dexter McDougle suffered a season ending shoulder injury in the Terps third game this season, but in his limited action McDougle registered three interceptions and got the notice of NFL scouts. Assuming he returns strong from injury McDougle could make for a sleeper 5th or 6th round draft pick, and the Redskins certainly need help in the defensive backfield.
Another name to watch from the Terps is Marcus Whitfield. A 6'3', 250 lb. senior linebacker, Whitfield has the ability to rush the quarterback and could be a good fit as a pass rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Whitfield has nine sacks on the season and perhaps could find himself in an NFL training camp next summer.