[Editor’s Disclaimer: Please remember that the Redskins do not have a player selected for April’s Draft, they merely hold the second overall pick. Even if there isn’t much secrecy left in this process, there is still formality, and the only team that can have any player is the Colts with the first overall pick. Anything after that is still a possibility. We will continue to respect the draft process, in the best interests of the team and the player.]
For the second-consecutive afternoon, Redskins brass was pictured on the sidelines of a high-profile pro day, this one at Palo Alto, Calif.
This was a whirlwind trip for the representatives of most NFL teams (and ESPN, and Comcast, and the NFL Network, and whoever else was there), drawn by the mystique of two elite quarterback prospects. The difference between the Redskins (and Colts), and 30 of the other teams, is that the Redskins actually have a legitimate chance to land one of the big fish.
Everyone else was just window shopping.
Ultimately, nothing is a done deal with the Redskins’ pick until the Colts call out the name of the first overall pick on April 26th–until then it’s all speculation. But watching the last two Pro Days should have fans convinced that there will be a special player on the board, regardless of what the Colts do at No. 1.
And for the other teams in attendance over the last two days, there was clearly some other top-tier talent to drool over at Baylor and Stanford. Here’s a brief rundown of the top guys that Luck and Griffin were throwing to:
Coby Fleener, Stanford TE: Fleener first came to the Redskins’ attention for his full name: Jacoby Fleener, named after Redskins’ great Joe Jacoby. Fleener was a major weapon for the tight-end-happy Stanford offense, and stole the show yesterday with his unofficial 4.45 40-time, and 27 reps on the bench press. That’s faster and stronger than party boy Rob Gronkowski exhibited in his 2010 Draft Profile.
Eric Branch of SFGate.com also reported that Luck threw Fleener some off-target passes, totally on purpose, to show that his tight end could make the physical catches.
At 6-6, 247 pounds, Fleener has all of the physical tools to excel at the next level.
Kendall Wright, Baylor WR: No prospect in the draft may have experienced as much up and down analysis as Wright, Griffin’s top target. Wright averaged 1,001 receiving yards per season in college, including a 1,663-yard effort his senior year. He accounted for more than one-third of Griffin’s 4,293 passing yards, and Mike Mayock once referred to him as a DeSean Jackson type of receiver.
But with a reported 4.61 40-time at the Combine, he became an enigma to scouts. At 5-10, 196 pounds, speed is an important part of his game, and while it showed up on tape, it didn’t show up on the clock.
Wednesday proved to be valuable to Wright, as he lowered his time into the mid-4.4 range and looked comfortable on receiver drills. As Sporting News reported, he doesn’t have No. 1 receiver stuff, but he could be very good out of the slot.
Also, because it exists, here is the full 48-minute video of Griffin’s Pro Day. I’ll update with Luck’s footage when it exists: