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Local Draft Prospects Get Their Shot At the NFL



The local college workout at Redskins Park on Friday lacked the big names of years past.

Future NFL starters Shawne Merriman, Ron Bartell, D'Qwell Jackson and Antoine Bethea were among those who had attended in previous years.

What was not lacking on Friday?

Wide eyes. Lots of wide eyes, as dozens of draft hopefuls walked onto the Redskins Park practice fields eager to launch an NFL career.


Maryland's Dan Gronkowski
vs. Clemson (Getty Images)

The combine-style workout was their chance to be evaluated by the Redskins' coaches and personnel officials in an NFL environment. A total of 56 prospects were in attendance.

To be invited to the workout, players had to be draft eligible and either played college or high school football in the Washington, D.C., region.

In previous years, the Redskins have discovered several NFL prospects, including Stephon Heyer, Alex Buzbee and Marcus Mason, at the workout.

Heyer is in the mix for a starting job at right tackle and Buzbee is competing for a roster spot at defensive end. Mason is on the New York Jets roster.

As always, the bulk of players came from local colleges, including Maryland, Howard, Bowie State and Georgetown. Players from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Michigan, Notre Dame, New Mexico, Illinois, Marshall and Central Arkansas were also on hand.

Maryland had the most prospects--22 in all--in attendance. The Terps' top draft prospects include wide receiver Isiaiah Williams, tight end Dan Gronkowski, offensive linemen Jaimie Thomas and Edwin Williams and linebackers Moise Fokou and Dave Philistin.

Other top draft prospects on hand were Kent State offensive tackle Augustus Parrish, Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, Illinois defensive end Will Davis, New Mexico cornerback DeAndre Wright and St. Paul's college cornerback Greg Toler.

Most are regarded as mid- or late-round selections in the April 25-26 NFL Draft.

The following is a complete list of players who attended the workout on Friday:

DBJeff AllenMaryland
LBAaron BallMaryland
DBAndrew BerryHarvard
DLJustin BrownNotre Dame
LBChase BullockMaryland
OLScott BurleyMaryland
WRConrad CarterDuquesne
TEColin ChlohertyBrown
LBEndor CooperHoward
LBLouis CorumShepherd
LBTrey CovingtonMaryland
RBJohn CroneRichmond
DBArnold DavisMaryland
DLWill DavisIllinois
DBMartin DecembertHoward
DBDoug DutchMichigan
KObi EgekezeMaryland
DLAtaefiok EtukerenGeorgetown
DLAlex FieldsVirginia
LBMoise FokouMaryland
DBVal FordPrairie View A&M
DBRichan GaskinsDuquesne
QBSean GlennonVirginia Tech
LBKevin GrantAkron
OLJack GriffinMaryland
TEDan GronkowskiMaryland
WRLawrence HellamsUpper Iowa
RBRashad HenryMaryland
DBB.J. HillBall State
WRArlandus HoodHoward
PStuart KentworthyDelaware
DBAchille KollaCatholic
WRMarcus LeeTowson
DBEvan McColloughJames Madison
RBKenneth MitchellGeorgetown
DLDean MuhtadiMaryland
DBNick OliveroCatholic
WRDanny OquendoMaryland
DLBemi OtulajaMaryland
OLAugustus ParrishKent State
LBDave PhilistinMaryland
LBRodney PittmanIllinois
OLDane RandolphMaryland
DLAkiel RussellDelaware State
LSAndrew SchmittMaryland
LBAlex SchultzMaryland
RBJordan ScottColgate
DLJ.D. SkolnitskyJames Madison
DLAlfred SuttonHoward
OLJaimie ThomasMaryland
DBGreg TolerSt. Paul's College
OLEdwin WilliamsMaryland
WRIsaiah WilliamsMaryland
DBDeAndre WrightNew Mexico
WRE.J. WynnMarshall

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