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Redskins 2017 Draft - Combine Risers

Mark Tyler takes a look at some of the risers at positions of interest for the Redskins at the 2017 NFL Combine.

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The Redskins will need to rely heavily on the 2017 draft to add some much needed talent at some key positions of need. The combine provided some pleasant surprises by some prospects the Redskins could be targeting come April.

Below is my list of some combine risers at positions of need for the Redskins.


Chris Godwin(Penn St.) - 6'1" 209  4.42: Godwin shocked most observers with a 4.42 40. His 19 reps at 225 and 4.00 20 yard shuttle were also among the tops in his position group. He ran the best gauntlet I saw at the combine this year. He has probably vaulted himself into second round consideration, and could be a nice number two option in the NFL.

Amara Darboh(Michigan) - 6'2" 214  4.46: Darboh is a big-bodied receiver, at 6'2" 214. He showed up big with a 4.46 40, and a 36 inch vertical. He caught and tracked the ball well in on-field drills, and could hear his name called in the second or third round.


Montravious Adams(Auburn) - 6'4" 304  4.87(1.72): The 4.87 40 at 304 pounds helped Adams. I thought he looked tremendous on on-field drills, showing good feet and fluidity. He'll just need to match consistency with ability at the next level.

Malik McDowell(Mich St.) - 6'6" 295  4.85(1.72): McDowell is a mountain of a man. He wowed with a 4.85 40, and showed great in on-field drills. He has the talent to be top 10 at his position in the NFL. He just need to show constant effort and maturity.

Eddie Vanderdose(UCLA) - 6'3" 305  4.99(1.74): Vanderdose has the complete makeup of what the NFL covet. Injuries, however, slowed him a bit at UCLA. His 4.99 40, combined with his on-field work showed scouts why he was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. With good coaching, the sky is the limit.

Charles Walker(Oklahoma) -  6'2" 310  4.96(1.75): Walker was questioned in 2016 when he left his team due to concussions to prepare for the NFL. He has a daughter, and that is his number one concern, but teams will have to look long and hard at his production and character. He really helped himself at the combine with his testing numbers and solid on-field work.


Takkarist McKinley(UCLA) - 6'2" 250  4.59:  McKinley is an althetic freak. He has a little bit of Von Miller and Khalil Mack to his game. This kid ran a 4.59 40, and looked amazing in on-field work. He is a perfect fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and could end up having a Miller/Mack-type impact.


Raekwon McMillan(Ohio St.) - 6'2" 240  4.61:  McMillan was my biggest riser of the combine. He came in at a rock solid 6'2" 240, and absolutely blew away testing, posting a 4.61 40, 33 inch vert, and a 4.39 short shuttle. Even more impressive was the showing he put on during the on-field drills, where he showed excellent footwork, smooth hips and good hands. He may have moved himself into first round consideration.

Haason Reddick(Temple) - 6'1" 1/2 237  4.52(1.60): The former edge rusher wowed in testing, posting a ridiculous 4.52 40, 36.5 vert and 24 reps at 225 pounds. He looked incredible during on-field drills, and has certainly solidified himself as a first round prospect.

Tyus Bowser(Houston) - 6'3" 247  4.66: Bowser came into the combine at an impressive 6'3" 247 pounds, and showed exceptionally well in testing, posting a 4.66 40, 37.7 vert and a 6.75 3-cone drill. The former basketball player looked smooth and fluid in on-field drills, and has firmly planted himself in second-third round consideration.

Anthony Walker(Northwestern) - 6'1" 238  4.65: Walker put up a very solid 4.65 40 time, but it was his on-field work that really helped boost his stock. His drops looked smooth and fluid, and he showed burst and acceleration moving both laterally and attacking forwards. He should be a day two selection.


Budda Baker(Washington) - 5'10" 195  4.45: Next to McMillan, Baker impressed me the most at the combine. He ran a blistering 4.45 40, jumped 32.5 inches in the vertical, and looked like a bulldog with his physique. His on-field workout really jumped out at me, as he showed an excellent backpedal, smooth hips in and out of breaks, and exceptional ball skills. He should be a first round pick despite his size.

Obi Melifonwu(UConn) - 6'4" 224  4.40: Melifonwu won the underwear olympics at the 2017 combine. He came in at an astounding 6'4" 224 pounds, and posted a 4.40 40, a 44 inch vertical and almost 12 feet in the broad jump. He looked a bit stiff in his  backpedal, but that is to be expected for a man his size. His tape, however, leaves many questions, as he played almost exclusively in a cover 2 shell, and showed some lapses in coverage against better teams.

Marcus Williams(Utah) - 6'1" 202  4.57: Williams tested very well at the combine running a 4.57 40, and boasting a 43.5 inch vertical. He showed tremendous hips and range during defensive back drills, and should be a solid day two selection. Some questions remain about his physicality and tackling ability. Some added weight could benefit him at the next level.

Josh Jones(NC State) - 6'1" 220  4.41: Jones was a prospect that was flying under the radar, but not anymore. He showed up at the combine at a chiseled 6'1" 220 pounds, and posted a ridiculous 4.41 40. He put up 20 reps at 225, jumped 37.5 inches in the vertical and looked very fluid performing his on-field drills. He lays the lumber as a tackler, and his coverage is very underrated.