Feb 26, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 26, 13 days before the start of NFL free agency.
There is a strong possibility that the Redskins will take a wide receiver in the NFL draft. Since it’s well known that Jay Gruden employed taller receivers when he was with the Bengals, here’s a look at the five tallest wide receivers at the NFL Combine.
Brandon Coleman, Rutgers, 6-6—Although he has decent speed (4.56 official time in the 40) and the impressive length, Coleman is projected to be picked sometime on the third day of the draft, in the fourth or fifth round. One reason is that he “Doesn’t play with the toughness and physicality one might expect given his stature.” In other words, he’s a bit soft.
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5—I wrote a detailed post about him yesterday. Just thinking about the phrase “back shoulder throw” is enough to make RG3 smile.
Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-4 ½ —Like Benjamin, Evans plays to his size and can dominate smaller corners. He helped fellow redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel win the Heisman in 2012 by catching 82 passes for 1,105 yards. Evans is a bit green as he came out of Texas A&M after his redshirt sophomore season. Projected by most to be picked in the first half of the first round.
Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt, 6-4—Boyd got into some legal trouble and was kicked off of the team in September; he elected to enter the draft rather than transfer to another program. Boyd had a decent sophomore season with 50 receptions for 774 yards. His size will get him some looks but he’s either a late third-day pick or an undrafted free agent. His 4.73 official time in the 40 won’t help him much.
Marcus Lucas, Missouri, 6-4—He had a decent career for Mizzou, catching 130 passes for 1,638 yards and 11 touchdowns. And Lucas has decent speed with a 40 time of 4.6. He should get a shot as a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.
—Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen was born on this date in 1987.
—It’s been 59 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 193 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL Free agency starts 13; Offseason workouts start 40; NFL Draft 71
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