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Ten Players to watch at the combine

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http://www.redskins.com/gen/articles/10_Players_to_Watch_At_the_NFL_Scouting_Combine_105991.jsp


For weeks, the Redskins coaches and scouts have been huddled in meetings, evaluating current players and free agents.

Starting Wednesday, they emerge from meeting rooms and head to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Time to refocus on the NFL Draft.

The Redskins hold the No. 4 pick in the first round, so they should be able to select an impact player.

Team officials have identified positions of need, but they want to evaluate every player at the combine so they can finalize the draft board.

Who are some of the top players who could get a close look by the Redskins’ brass?

Here are 10 top prospects to keep an eye on as the NFL Scouting Combine unfolds:

-- COLT MCCOY, QB, TEXAS
If the Redskins intend to draft a quarterback high in this year’s draft, then they may have to wait until college Pro Days to get a look at many of the top prospects. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen are not participating due to injury concerns, while Florida’s Tim Tebow and Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour have decided not to throw at the combine. That leaves McCoy as the primary signal-caller to work out. McCoy is coming off a shoulder injury suffered in the BCS Championship game on Jan. 6. At Texas, McCoy was a 4-year starter and completed more than 70 percent of his passes for 13,523 yards, 112 touchdowns and 45 interceptions.

-- C.J. SPILLER, RB, CLEMSON
With Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts coming off injuries last season, it stands to reason that running back could be a position the Redskins look at closely. Spiller has emerged as the top tailback in the draft, thanks to blazing speed that has been recorded at 4.35 in the 40. He rushed for 1,212 yards and 12 touchdowns last year and caught 36 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns. He also is also a dynamic presence on kick returns--another Redskins need--as he averaged 38.2 yards per kickoff return and 37.0 yards per punt return. When it comes to drafting running backs, keep in mind that head coach Mike Shanahan has had a knack for finding quality running backs in later rounds.

-- RUSSELL OKUNG, OT, OKLAHOMA STATE
Offensive line is regarded as a glaring need for the Redskins this offseason, and if team officials choose to address the position in the first round, then Okung would be a strong candidate. Widely regarded as the top offensive tackle in the draft, the 6-5, 300-pound Okung has played primarily left tackle but he can also play on the right if necessary. He has drawn comparisons to New York Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the fourth overall pick of the 2006 draft.

-- TRENT WILLIAMS, OT, OKLAHOMA

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