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 the 2014 draft.
What: Russell Athletic Bowl
Who: Louisville vs. Miami (Fla.)
When: Saturday 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Players to watch: The amount of talent on display in this game will certainly have NFL talent evaluators buzzing.
The biggest name, of course, is Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. But there’s one problem: He hasn’t declared for the NFL Draft …yet.
Despite his indecision, Bridgewater (6-3, 205) is the No. 1 rated quarterback on many draft boards after completing 70.2-percent of his passes this season. He also threw 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
The Redskins don’t have a first round pick, and with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the roster, they aren’t in need of a quarterback, either.
Other Cardinals to monitor: DE Marcus Smith (16.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks) and S Hakeem Smith (three interceptions). Marcus Smith (6-3, 252) has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl, while Hakeem Smith (6-1, 180) is bound for the East-West Shrine Game.
On the Miami side, three Hurricanes have accepted Senior Bowl invites: OT Seantrel Henderson (6-8, 345), OG Brandon Linder (6-6, 319) and QB Stephen Morris (6-2, 218).
Morris completed 58.7-percent of his passes as a senior, including 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He projects as a late round selection.
Inside linebacker Denzel Perryman (6-0, 240/104 tackles) has not yet decided whether he’ll declare, but he could be a Redskins’ target if he does. Meantime, WR Allen Hurns (6-2, 195) has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.