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Defensive backs shine across the board at the Senior Bowl

Defensive backs shine across the board at the Senior Bowl

JP Finlay went to Mobile, Ala., to cover the Senior Bowl for CSN. Below is an edited list of notes, observations, and conversations with scouts and coaches from Day 1 watching some of the country's best college seniors work out for NFL coaches and scouts. 

  • Rasul Douglas - WVU CB - Big, physical corner. Impressive in person but tough to get a great read with bad quarterback play. A scout told me he overcame tough circumstances as a kid. He is maybe my favorite prospect.


  • Desmond King - Iowa CB - made two nice picks in 7v7 goal line drills but, again, quarterback play was super suspect. He's a small corner, needs to rely on positioning.


  • Obi Melifonwu - UConn Safety - Big guy with good range. Had a scout say they love his size and potential but he's a "different dude."


  • Terrell Basham - Ohio DE - Top-level straight ahead speed but lacks moves, polish.


  • Isaac Rochell - Notre Dame DL - impressed in 1v1s, but got lost in the shuffle in 11v11.


  • Dalvin Tomlinson - Alabama DL - Fan favorite in Mobile who was gracious with a shocking amount of autograph requests and folks asking for pictures. Tough guy that could handle double teams. Best term I heard for him was "nose plus" which meant he could play the nose, occupy blocks, and pressure QBs in certain spots.


  • Jonnu Smith - Florida International TE - Good size and good hands, but the tight end group is deep.


  • Kyle Kalis - Michigan G - Good size for a guard but struggled big time in 11v11s.


  • Kareem Hunt - Toledo RB - Fast and a playmaker. Could make a good 3rd down back.


  • De'Veon Smith - Michigan RB - Multiple scouts worried about size, and more specifically, small hands.


  • Montravius Adams - Auburn DL - Big space eater that wants to rush the passer. Good size.


  • Ben Boulware - Clemson LB - Doesn't stand out in drills but seems to find the ball in live action.


  • Justin Evans - Texas A&M S - Nose for the ball and brings the wood against the run. Plays downfield, which is his strength, but play action could be trouble with his aggression.


  • Tre'Davious White - LSU CB - Best player in Mobile. Likely gone before Skins pick at 17.


  • Donnel Pumphrey - San Diego State RB - Record setter in college is really small. Not sure how he projects in pro game. Needs to add significant bulk to his frame.


  • Haason Reddick - Temple LB - This guy is flying up Draft boards. Multiple scouts asked me not to write about him because he was their "sleeper." The secret is out. Can get to QB and drop in coverage.


  • Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova DE - Crazy size, athleticism, and range at 6'7. Explosive off the snap but lacks polish. One coach said good NFL tackles will just push him right past the pocket, using his speed against him, until he learns moves.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.