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Pass catchers take on the Combine Thursday, so here are 4 reasonable targets for the Redskins

Pass catchers take on the Combine Thursday, so here are 4 reasonable targets for the Redskins

Thursday at the NFL Combine is when the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends work out for pro scouts in Indy.

So, Pete Hailey and Ethan Cadeaux came up with a list of four pass catchers that could be options for the Redskins on late Friday or early Saturday of the 2020 NFL Draft. Those later selections will likely be where Washington nabs more targets, since they don't have a second-rounder and almost surely won't use their top pick on one.

Hailey found two wideouts, while Cadeaux identified two tight ends. Here's their list.

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

In Terry McLaurin, the Redskins already have a guy who can get by DBs with his wiggle. Claypool, meanwhile, would be more of a bully, wreaking havoc on jump balls and shoving smaller corners aside for key grabs. Some even wonder if he'd be better as a tight end at the next level.

As a senior for the Irish, Claypool went over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He's also a capable blocker, bringing a toughness that Ron Rivera would no doubt like on the edge.

Claypool may be too much of a riser for the Redskins once draft season wraps up, but if he's there for them on Day 2, he'll be hard to ignore. Dwayne Haskins would surely approve of his arrival.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC

Like Claypool, Pittman Jr. will rely more on his physicality than his speed to stand out in the NFL. The former Trojan is coming off a senior year where he tallied 101 catches for 1,275 yards  and 11 six-pointers. That's a nasty stat line.

The son of a longtime pro running back, Pittman Jr. clearly learned a thing or two from his pops about getting defenders off of him. Some franchises may overlook him because he doesn't have top-line burst, but he's another prospect who could fit nicely alongside McLaurin. 

Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington

Bryant is a perfect "move" tight end for today's modern NFL.

A junior from the University of Washington, Bryant thrived in his first full season as a starter. With Georgia transfer quarterback Jacob Eason at the helm, Bryant recorded 52 receptions for more than 800 yards and three touchdowns.

Bryant has an expanded route tree and thrives over the middle. He has a quick first step and the speed to break away from linebackers, similar to former Redskins tight end Jordan Reed.

The Redskins scooped Reed in the third round of the 2013 draft, and if Bryant is still on the board by the time the Redskins pick at No. 66, he would certainly be a worthwhile selection.

Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt

Pinkney saw his production decline his senior season, but he was one of the most dangerous at the position in 2018 when he caught 50 passes for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns.

At 6-foot-4, 250 lbs., Pinkey has a solid frame and solid hands. While he's not necessarily a matchup problem with his agility in the passing game, he's willing to make contested catches between the numbers.

No, Pinkney doesn't have the quickness Bryant does. The trade-off, though, is that he's a strong blocker and not afraid to put his hand in the dirt. He will likely be available when the Redskins select at the beginning of the third round, and he could stick around as an early Day 3 target as well.

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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