The Whiteout is one of the greatest atmospheres in all of sports. It will be on display Saturday as Penn State hosts Michigan (7:30 p.m., ABC). That alone is enough reason to Saturday's game, but for any Redskins fans out there who need more convincing, there are plenty of players playing who could be wearing the burgundy and gold next season.
Hare the players Redskins fans should be watching.
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Gross-Matos has been climbing the draft boards after a breakout sophomore season in which he blew apart opposing lines with a whopping 54 tackles, 20 for a loss and eight sacks. He has really good size at 6-foot-5 which comes with some big arms which he uses to initiate contact and work blockers. He has more penetration skills than a lot of edge rushers and sometimes comes from the interior at Penn State. He is not the kind of lineman who needs to get a good jump and get around a block, he can go around you or through you.
CB Lavert Hill, Michigan
With two interceptions this season already, Hill is a top cover-corner for Michigan. Most draft experts have him as a nickel corner in the NFL. That's because his best skill is covering receivers man-to-man. Line him up in the slot and have him cover a speedy slot receiver and he can shut it down.
Watching Hill lineup against Penn State's KJ Hamler will be one of the matchups to watch on Saturday.
OLB Cam Brown, Penn State
In terms of side-to-side vision, Brown is one of the best linebackers in college football. He recorded 63 tackles last season with two sacks, three forced fumbles and six passes broken up. The knock on him, however, is that he can be easily blocked. He needs to bulk up a bit and work at shedding blocks to be really effective at the NFL level.
G Michael Onwenu, Michigan
Washington's offensive line is terrible. Trent Williams is never coming back (accept it) and I don't have high hopes that Brandon Scherff is going to re-sign with everything as dysfunctional as it is. The Redskins need linemen at every position and Onwenu should be a target.
In terms of size and strength, he's got it. In terms of quickness and athleticism, there are a few question marks. Then again, Onwenu is a guard, not a tackle, so perhaps you can get away with a project at that position with questions about his shape. His power alone makes him an NFL player.
WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State
Hamler is a good example of why you can't just draft players based on what you see on paper. He is undersized at 5-foot-9, 176 pounds. He's fast for the college game, but his speed likely won't stand out all that much in the pros. But when you watch him, this guy is a playmaker that always seems to make things happen whenever he has the ball in his hands.
He is averaging 17.5 yards per catch this season and that's no fluke as he averaged 18.0 yards per catch just last season.
Saturday's game is a fascinating matchup as he should line up a lot against Hill who is an NFL caliber corner. This gives him the opportunity to show he can still make plays even against NFL players.
Other potential NFL prospects to watch:
WR Tarik Black, Michigan
G Ben Bredeson, Michigan
RB Chris Evans, Michigan
P Blake Gillikin, Penn State
G Steven Gonzalez, Penn State
S Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
WR Juwan Johnson, Penn State
S Josh Metellus, Michigan
K Quinn Nordin, Michigan
QB Shea Patterson, Michigan
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
CB John Reid, Penn State
OLB Josh Uche, Michigan
DT Robert Windsor, Penn State
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