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Redskins Host Workout For Local Prospects

NFL hopefuls crowded into Redskins Park on Friday afternoon, eager to show off their skills for Redskins coaches and scouts. The team hosted its annual local workout for draft-eligible players who either played college or high school football in the Washington, D.C. area.

"The workout is a great opportunity for these players to get a look by an NFL team," vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. "It also gives us an opportunity to find some players that didn't attend large football programs or didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine [in February]."

The bulk of NFL hopefuls on hand hailed from local colleges Maryland, Howard and Bowie State. Georgetown, Penn State and Virginia Tech also had several players on hand.

Two Maryland defenders were the biggest names at the local workout: linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and cornerback Gerrick McPhearson.

Jackson is expected to be a first- or second-round selection in the NFL Draft, scheduled for April 29-30. The 6-0, 228-pound inside linebacker logged a team-high 137 tackles and four sacks last season for the Terrapins.

In some NFL Draft guides, Jackson is listed as the top inside linebacker available in the draft. He is regarded as an aggressive and physical linebacker, but somewhat under-sized. Some coaches and scouts have projected him as a weak-side linebacker on a team that runs a Cover 2 defense.

McPhearson is projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick in the draft. The 5-10, 192-pound cornerback grew up in Columbia, Md., and attended Howard High School in Ellicott City, Md. Last season with the Terrapins, he logged 37 tackles, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

McPhearson had a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine last February. He has explosive speed and is regarded as a sure tackler, but some scouts have questioned how well he will perform against taller wide receivers at the NFL level.

Jackson and McPhearson did not work out for coaches and personnel officials, instead watching from the sidelines. They did chat with team officials after the workout.

Other local prospects given a close look at the workout were middle linebacker Mike Ononibaku of Georgetown, wide receiver Derrick Fenner of Maryland, offensive lineman Will Montgomery of Virginia Tech, running back Mike Imoh of Virginia Tech and tight end Wes Kesner of Tennessee.

Here is a complete list of prospects who either attended or worked out for the Redskins on Friday:

Position Player College
FB Yinka Adeboyeku Bowie State
CB Byron Anderson Bowie State
S Mo Banks Georgetown
S Antoine Bethea Howard
LB Mykle Bouie Howard
K Justin Brantley Howard
DL Mike Brown Howard
P Josh Brown South Carolina
WR Mike Bublavi Catholic
HB Sam Buck Howard
S Jamar Butler Howard
LB Harry Carter Duquesne
TE Glenn Castergine Georgetown
CB Alonzo Corbett Bowie State
S Mike Crumpler Bowling Green
WR Kelvin Dickens Morgan State
FB Ricardo Dickerson Maryland
OL Richard Dorceus Howard
TE Cole Downer Clemson
OL Harry Dunn James Madison
S Sheldon Epps Georgetown
WR Derrick Fenner Maryland
RB Umar Ferguson Temple
OL Christopher Gates North Carolina A&T
RB Martin Gibson Villanova
LB Sterling Green Bowie State
S Milton Harris Maryland
RB Nick Hartigan Brown
DL Jesse Hayes Howard
DL Ernest Hunter West Virginia
RB Mike Imoh Virginia Tech
LB D'Qwell Jackson Maryland
TE David Jones LSU
CB Lamarr Jones Bowie State
TE Wes Kesner Tennessee
K Greg Kuehn William & Mary
RB B.J. Lane Bowling Green
WR Thyron Lewis Howard
CB Gerrick McPhearson Maryland
RB Mario Merrills Maryland
TE Derek Miller Maryland
OL Will Montgomery Virginia Tech
S Daniel Ojeah Bowie State
LB Mike Ononibaku Georgetown
DT Arthur Orlebar Appalachian State
LB Justin Parrish Kent State
LB Kellen Pruitt Syracuse
S Chris Royal Marshall
DE Brennan Schmidt Virginia
RB Marcus Slayton Georgetown
RB Jamar Smith Howard
DL Thomas Smith Pittsburgh
DL Tyreve Smith Bowie State
OL Tyree Spinner Morgan
WR Dominique Stewart Massachusetts
RB Jerod Void Purdue
WR Jojo Walker Maryland
WR Lauren Williams Liberty

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