"I’m very excited. Each combine brings on so many dimensions, a lot of young talent players who are passionate about the game. It’s good to see the interview process, good to get the medical grades back and also see them out here on the field. I look forward to it each year because it’s a new batch of guys."
Allen On McCloughan: ‘He’s Detail Conscious’
"The one thing I’ve always liked about Scot is he’s very thorough," Allen told Ryan Kerrigan and Larry Michael Thursday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "He’s detail conscious."
Ryan Kerrigan Videocast at the NFL Combine
Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan joins Larry Michael and Andrew Walker to talk about his memories of the 2011 NFL Combine before being drafted #16 overall by the Redskins
Ryan Kerrigan Videocast with Matt Bowen
Redskins Linebacker is joined by Larry Michael and former Redskins safety and current NFL Lead Writer for Bleacher Report Matt Bowen to talk about the NFL Combine.
Washington Redskins positional glance: offensive line - ESPN
Taking a look forward, while seeing what went wrong or right during the season for the Washington Redskins at each position. Today: offensive line.
Teams that have traded out of top 5 of the NFL draft the past 10 years - ESPN
In the last 10 years, six teams have traded out of a top-five draft spot. One of them traded out but still stayed in the top five. With the Tennessee Titans second in the draft order and a possible scenario where they don’t want a quarterback but someone might want to trade up for them, I set out to look at those six trades. (Thanks to Evan Kaplan of ESPN Stats and Info for the help.)
Allen, speaking on Sirius XM radio with one of his former Oakland players, Rich Gannon, expressed confidence in Griffin’s future -- as long as he doesn’t get hurt. "If he can stay healthy, he has a high ceiling," Allen said.
It doesn’t appear that the Redskins will take Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff fifth pick in the draft. That is just too high to take a right tackle or an offensive guard. But the Redskins are at least doing some due diligence on the 6-5, 320 pound Scherff. They gave him what appears to be more than a cursory interview at the NFL Combine this week.
A year ago, Jay Gruden thought he’d be able to juggle the responsibilities of being the Redskins’ head coach and quarterbacks coach. But he realized midway through his first season that he had underestimated the non-stop demands of the head position. And so late last month, he hired veteran assistant Matt Canvanaugh.
If he wasn’t before, Jay Gruden is now clearly on board with the idea that the Redskins aren’t going to draft players based on needs.
There isn’t a lot of talk about the possibility of the Redskins taking a wide receiver in the draft but that could change as the draft get closer. New general manager Scot McCloughan is bringing in a philosophy of taking the best available player regardless of need and Jay Gruden indicated that he is on board with that line of thinking. So the possibility of there being a wide receiver at the top of the draft board when the Redskins make any of their selections.
Randy Gregory, the Nebraska defensive end who is expected to be a top-10 pick when the draft gets underway in late April, was at his anticipated height of just shy of 6-5. But he weighed in at 235 pounds.
Will the Redskins start to rebuild the defensive line in the draft? The Redskins’ defensive line is in need of a rebuild and they could start the process in this year’s draft.
Mike Shanahan spoke about his four tumultuous years as the head coach of the Washington Redskins with a sense of calm — like a man who was finally free to tell everyone about the asylum known as Redskins Park. He confirmed the worst fears of Redskins fans — that the owner, Dan Snyder, has continued to meddle in everyday football affairs, and that the quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is every bit the self-absorbed diva he has appeared to be.
Teammates at Maryland the last two seasons, Diggs and Long were the unquestioned leaders of the Terrapins’ offense. Now, nearly two months after their final collegiate performance, they’re in the early stages of facing the challenges associated with pursuing a professional football career.
On the field, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have had as bitter a rivalry as any in the NFL but in a sense, they’re now partners. The teams will officially announce Friday that, while they work on stadium deals in their current cities, they will jointly pursue a shared, $1.7-billion NFL stadium in Carson as an alternative. While theirs might seem to be an unlikely pairing -- the Silver & Black and the Powder Blue -- the Raiders and Chargers have actually been closer over the years than many people might think.
Why can’t Redskins Park be a normal place where the owner worries more about ticket sales and coach decides who plays? Gruden’s timing is perplexing. Rather than discourage speculation on the starter, he only increases discontent in a town bitterly divided over Griffin’s fate. Half the fans on a given day want Griffin given one last chance while the other half are buying him bus tickets out of town. Now both sides get to argue over who should be the starting quarterback when it would have been largely overshadowed by NFL free agency and draft, March Madness and the opening of baseball season.
The Redskins are concentrating on defensive linemen at the NFL combine, which continues through Monday. Most mock drafts have the Redskins taking either Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory or Missouri defensive end Shane Ray in the first round. However, Washington might be tempted to trade down if quarterback Marcus Mariota remains available at No. 5 and another team is interested in moving up to get him. If the Redskins were to trade down in the first round, they could take Kentucky defensive end Alvin Dupree.
Support has eroded for a proposal to expand the NFL playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, to the point that the measure no longer is viewed as likely to be enacted for the 2015 season. "I’d say at this point it’s 50-50 at best," said one person familiar with the deliberations by the league and the rule-making NFL competition committee Wednesday. "I think it’s gonna happen eventually, just maybe not for next season. It seems to have lost momentum. It still could be revived for the March [owners’] meeting. But at the moment it doesn’t look good for next season."
Having missed six games to a broken leg as a sophomore and two games to a lacerated kidney as a junior, Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs expected to receive plenty of questions from NFL teams and reporters at the combine about his durability. But Diggs, who decided to forego his senior season, insists that’s not an issue, and he says he showed plenty of toughness – both mental and physical – during his college career.