On April 2, 16 members of the Redskins organization boarded owner Daniel Snyder’s plane for what has become an annual trip. The members of the coaching staff, scouts and front office personnel were bound for Tuscaloosa, AL.
While most teams were represented at this second pro day, nobody does it quite like the Redskins. They coordinate with the Alabama program, which is notoriously friendly to NFL teams so that their personnel can spend time with the players watching film, talking and additionally get time with the Alabama staff that coached them.
So which players could be the proverbial fruit of all that labor? Here are five Alabama prospects that could wind up in Washington:
This is where testing becomes important. A 40 time would help scouts solve this mystery. Thompson could’ve answered these questions by running a 40, but he wasn’t healthy enough to do so during the process or simply declined the opportunity as he was coming off a wrist injury suffered while training for Indy. That gap probably knocks him down into the 2nd or 3rd round unless a team takes a flyer based solely on his tape, which again grades out at that level. Good testing could have boosted him into the late 1st. Instead, he’ll wait and hear his name called sometime on day 2.
Anybody who watched Alabama in 2018 would have noticed Smith. He always made an impact, notching at least one catch in every game and ten touchdowns for the season.
Miller will be a late day two or early day three pick because he has a significant injury history. He missed games in all four years at Alabama, including the National Championship game last year. Consistency has been an issue, but if the Redskins want to take a swing at a player with significant upside, Miller could fit the bill.
Wilson is a mid-round product for the same reasons as Miller. He’s inconsistent. He didn’t show a lot of improvement from year one as a starter to year two, and he doesn’t make a ton of explosive plays. He only had seven tackles for loss in two years. However, he’s solid and with a middle round pick at a position where the Redskins have lacked consistency since London Fletcher retired.
Other potential prospects: