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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:









REDSKINS WORKOUTS, APRIL 7
PositionPlayerCollege



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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