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Redskins Minicamp Starts Today: Meet 3 Local Players

Redskins football is offically back today! I haven't been able to comb through the entire Redskins minicamp list but 3 local guys do pop out, so I thought it would be good to bring them to light.

Name Edwin Williams J.D. Skolnitsky Doug Dutch
Position Center DE CB
Height/Weight 6'2" / 308 lbs 6'5 / 263 lbs 5'11" / 199lbs
College/HS MD/DeMatha JMU/Fairfax HS Miichigan/Gonzaga
DOB 12/10/1986 11/6/1986 2/15/1986
40 time 5.50 4.75~ (Pro Day) 4.58
Strengths Marginal athlete with good bulk and technique. Gets good leverage and a real push in the run game. A good base for pass blocking and is tough to root out. Has a bit of a nasty disposition while playing. Fine athlete. Strong enough for college DT and big enough to be looked at as a possible conversion guy to a 4-3 DE slot. Converted to CB from WR two years ago and was a standout special teams player for the Wolverines.
Weaknesses Not real quick off the snap. Can not pull effectively or get out on the second level with regularity or effectiveness. Not real strong despite his bulk. Only really put up big numbers for one season. Kind of a tweener right now who is too light for DT, but not experienced as a DE.


Doug Dutch I am most biased for since he shares my alma mater, Gonzaga High School, in Washinton DC. Dutch, a native of Bowie, MD, spent most of his playing time at Michigan on special teams, which he exceled at. I don't have much more that that unfotunately. 

J.D. Skolnitsky, a DE/DT from Fairfax, VA, decided to skip his Senior year at James Madison after being suspended for the 2009 season after testing positive for a banned substance (a supplemant he thought was OK but bought over the internet). He was slated to be one of the top pass rushers in his class, so the kid has some promise. He played both DT and DE at James Madison, but given his size, he'll be focused on DE. When asked about the Redskins minicamp and his competition, J.D. showed nothing but confidence, he replied,

"I don't think anyone, maybe besides Orakpo, has that big an advantage on me," Skolnitsky said. 

The most likely candidate of making the squad is Edwin Williams, the former Maryland Terrapin teammate of 3rd round pick, Kevin Barnes. From the Terps website:

...possesses good strength and a solid work ethic ... moves very well ... played in the final 49 games of his career ... a two-time Academic All-ACC honoree ... member of the 2008 Terrapin Council, the team's leadership committee ... selected to play in the 2009 East-West Shrine game...

...member of the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, honoring the best center in the nation

Best of luck fellas!

Update 1:00PM - Matt Terl just posted a great interview with Williams.