In 2011, the Redskins joined most coaching staffs in Mobile, Ala. to scout the nation’s best four-year collegiate stars. From there, they used six-of-12 draft picks on Senior Bowl participants, including the first three in a row. This was more than any other team in the NFL.
Here’s the graphic on the six, as seen this afternoon on the NFL Network’s coverage of the Senior Bowl:
Here are some additional facts about this dirty half-dozen:
- Redskins selected a Senior Bowl participant in each of the first five rounds and six-of-seven.
- They collectively appeared in 64 games, starting 25.
- They collectively were nominated for six NFL rookie of the week nominations, winning on rookie of the month award.
- They grew some of the best facial hair in the the DMV.
Word out of Mobile, Ala. is that head coach Mike Shanahan considers this to be a major scouting opportunity, and his drafting record with the Redskins reflects that.
Another familiar Redskins face with intimate knowledge of the Senior Bowl is former Redskins player Rick ‘Doc’ Walker. Walker was named lineman of the year as a senior at UCLA in 1977 and appeared in that year’s Senior Bowl. Thirty-five years later, he sat down with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael to discuss the importance of scouting this particular event (via CSNWashington.com):
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It’s like training camp. These guys can have a good game, bad game, but you can have a good week of work or a great week of work. You might avenge a bad week of work with a great game or vice versa, but you know more about the guy. You get to go out with the guy and have dinner with him. You get to find out about who they are.
I like body language outside of drills. How does a guy react when he misses a pass…is he a pouter, a blamer? Is he a guy that can just recover? You learn so many things about a guy when you’re there all week long.
Today’s Shanahan-led South Team practice was the first fully-padded practice of the week, and was aired on NFL Network. We’ll have more from today’s practice and the coverage leading up to Saturday’s game.