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College Players to Watch Today For the Redskins

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A look at some of the top college players to watch today who would make good Redskins in 2014

Eric Francis

Michigan State vs Northwestern- 12 pm

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State-

Projected Draft pick: Late 2nd-Early 3rd

-Dennard is one of the better cornerbacks in the nation and he files a little under the radar. He's got solid size and speed and displays really nice ball skills. If DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson aren't back (or replaced), he could be a nice option for the Redskins, particularly if they trade back in the 2nd round. He's a pretty advanced prospect so he should be able to play right away.

ILB Max Bullough, Michigan State-

Projected Draft Pick: 4th Round

-Bullough isn't going to test as the fastest, biggest or strongest linebacker, but it's a pretty safe bet that he'll be considered the smartest by NFL teams. Bullough is a film junkie and big part of the reason why the the Spartans have such an elite defense. He is not a guy you would want to bet against at the next level, and could develop into a starter in a year or two. With the Redskins top four ILB's impending free agents and their 5th one Keenan Robinson coming back from back-to-back lost seasons due to injury this position is a major area of need.

LSU vs Texas A&M- 3:30 pm

WR Odell Beckham Jr, LSU-

Projected Draft Pick: Early 2nd round

-The Tigers are finally throwing the football this year, and Beckham is quite the beneficiary. He's showing why he was one of the top H.S. WR recruits a few years ago and could look to make the jump to the NFL after this season. He's listed at 6'0" and has really good speed and agility. If the Redskins are looking for another weapon for RGIII early in this draft he could be a pretty viable option in the 2nd round.

WR Jarvis Landry, LSU-

Projected Draft Pick: Late 2nd round, Early 3rd

-Similar to Beckham, Landry has burst on to the scene this year putting up big numbers in the SEC and proving to be a viable 2nd day draft prospect. He's got solid size and really good speed, and shows nice hands and catching ability. If the Redskins trade back in the 2nd round or he lasts to the 3rd round he could be a good option to add a receiver with upside in this draft.

ILB Lamin Barrow, LSU-

Projected Draft Pick: 4th Round

-Barrow is a little on the lighter side, but that helps him in coverage as he looks capable of staying with most tight ends and backs. He is the Tigers leading tackler and shows good recognition and takes nice angles to the ball carrier. With the Redskins in desperate need for ILB help he's definitely a guy who should be on their short list.

Oregon vs Arizona- 3:30 pm

C Hronriss Grasu, Oregon-

Projected Draft Pick: 3rd Round

-The Redskins could look to shake up their interior line this offseason and may look to cut Will Montgomery. Adding a new center would become a priority and Grasu is one of the top centers in this draft. He's a bit on the lighter side (which is a good thing for  the Redskins system), but could add some weight if needed. He could quickly develop into a starter at the next level.

RB/WR D'Anthony Thomas, Oregon-

Projected Draft Pick: 4th Round-Early 5th Round

-It's tough to figure out Thomas's draft stock, in part because it's tough to figure out his position. Though primarily thought of as a running back, Thomas has been very active in the Oregon passing game in his career and could make the transition to slot receiver. He probably can't handle full running back duties, but could end up with a hybrid role. The Redskins need a guy like that as Santana Moss is on his way out and the Chris Thompson experiment hasn't worked out too well. Thomas's best early value to the Redskins would be his returning ability.

WR Josh Huff, Oregon-

Projected Draft Pick: Late 4th-Early 5th Round

-Huff's stock is going to be tied to his combine numbers. If he has legit 4.4 time he could sneak into the 3rd round, if not he's probably more of a 4th or even 5th round option. I like Huff more than most as I believe he's not just an athlete playing receiver. He shows good separation skills and tracks the ball pretty well. He also is a tough competitor which you love to see. With the Redskins needing receivers he could be a 2nd tier option, particularly if they don't want to spend their 2nd rounder on the position.

DE Taylor Hart, Oregon-

Projected Draft Pick: 5th Round- Early 6th Round

-Hart has great size at 6'6" 285 and could  add another 15 lbs to be a nice fit for the Redskins 3-4 5 technique position. He's got pretty good pass rushing ability and could be a nice later round boost to a very underwhelming DE unit for the Redskins.

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