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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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Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

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Don't believe dumb Twitter rumors about the Redskins started by fake accounts

Don’t believe dumb internet rumors. Start there. 

Sunday night some fake Twitter accounts tweeted that a trade between the Redskins and Lions was very close, a deal that would ship productive WR Marvin Jones from Detroit to Washington in exchange for unproductive former first-round pick WR Josh Doctson.

What is to believe here? Next to nothing.

Jones is under Lions control for two more seasons and makes about $7 million a year. That’s tremendous value for somebody that posted 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns two seasons ago. Doctson has exactly 1,100 yards in his three-year NFL career. 

There is some speculation that Jones could be on the outs in Detroit, mostly because of the hard charging style of head coach Matt Patricia. Jones also missed half of last season with a knee injury and is still working his way back, missing all of Detroit's offseason work.

Even if Jones is on the outs with Patricia, and there are worries about the knee, he would command more in a trade than Doctson, who only has one year left on his contract. 

This is from Detroit Free Press Lions reporter Dave Birkett's mailbag last week: "Jones has two years left on his contract at very reasonable salaries of $6.5 million per season. The Lions would be foolish to move on from him right now. He provides more than most players at his salary, and it’s not like there are suitable replacements out there. Jones spent all spring working with the rehab group and I expect him to have a strong season this fall. I can’t imagine the Lions moving on from him at this point, unless we hit October and they’re struggling to keep their head above water. If that happens, all bets are off."

This also seems like a pertinent time to mention that Washington team president Bruce Allen spent last week in France. 

Allen makes the trades for the Redskins. Allen is the boss. He was out of the country last week, and probably not fielding trade phone calls from Cannes. 

To be fair, there have been conversations inside Redskins Park about moving Doctson for more than a year, including in the weeks leading up to the trading deadline last season. He hasn't been moved, however, and his trade value is probably at an all-time low after Washington decided not to exercise a fifth-year team option on his contract earlier this offseason. 

Could Marvin Jones help the Redskins' receiving group? Absolutely. 

But a trade requires much more than that. 

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9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season


9 movies Redskins fans should watch to get ready for the 2019 NFL season

Redskins training camp doesn't begin until July 25, so you've got some time and need some football content in your life to hold you over.

Luckily, there are plenty of football movies out there, just waiting for you to watch them. But which ones should top your queue?

Here are nine of the best football films you need to throw on, both because they're entertaining and because they'll get you fired up for the 2019 Redskins season.

Friday Night Lights

If you ever find one of these lists and it doesn't include Friday Night Lights, never visit that website again. The game action in this is truly fantastic and just what you need if you're having trouble waiting to see Landon Collins destroy an opposing receiver.

The Replacements

It's not going to be the most amazing piece of cinema you've ever seen, but it offers a chance to see Keanu Reeves do something other than play John Wick, and is loosely based on the Redskins' scabs who came up clutch in the 1987 campaign.

Jerry Maguire

So this one doesn't involve much on-field play. However, it's still a quality drama and features some stellar performances. Plus, one of its signature lines — "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" — might be what Trent Williams is telling the Burgundy and Gold these days, too.

Remember the Titans

Look, it's not the most complex or surprising movie. But Denzel Washington is compelling as usual, it covers an important issue and the cast has some enjoyable chemistry. 

Any Given Sunday

Did this need to be almost as long as a regular season contest? No. With that being said, the cast is loaded as are the cameos, and of course, Al Pacino's speech is a smash hit. 

The Blind Side

The Blind Side has a little bit of everything, from comedy to drama to some tear-jerking moments. Sandra Bullock leads you through it all by turning in a heck of a few hours portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy, and she later won an Academy Award because of her work.


Yes, Washington supporters will have to stomach seeing a lot of Eagles uniforms, yet this movie about Vince Papale miraculously making Philadelphia's roster is worth it. And you can follow it up with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Invincible-inspired episode.


You may not know this one, but you should. It's documentary-style and follows a high school football team in Memphis as they try to navigate the ups and downs of a season and of their academic and personal lives. It's superb. 

Draft Day

It's flawed in places, but Draft Day is better than many think it is. Also, it'll allow you to reflect on what looks like a very promising 2019 Redskins draft class, an activity that'll always be fun.