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Redskins Sign 14 College Free Agents

The Washington Redskins signed 15 college free agents shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft. Take a look at who they are.



The Washington Redskins have added to their offseason roster with the signing of 14 college free agents, who will first see the field at next weekend's rookie minicamp.

The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of 14 college free agents, including seven on offense and seven on defense.

Here's a list of the new signings, along with a little bit of background information on each player.


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Kevin Bowen - T - 6-9, 330 pounds, East Central (Okla.)Bowen spent his first two collegiate seasons at Southwestern College before transferring to East Central before the 2014 season.

During the 2015 season, Bowen was named a first-team All-Great American honoree while also being selected to Don Hansen's All-Super Regional second-team.

Bowen was a mainstay on an offensive line that helped East Central set single-season records for total offensive yards (4,942) and passing yards (3,541).

In 2014, he played in seven games with three starts.


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Tevin Carter - S - 6-1, 218 pounds - Utah
In two seasons at Utah, Carter appeared in 16 games, collecting 97 tackles (nine for loss) along with four interceptions, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

Carter completed his college career by intercepting a pair of passes in the Utes' Las Vegas Bowl appearance. He was named MVP.

At Utah's pro day, Carter ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds while also posting a vertical jump of 34 inches and a broad jump of 10-feet, four inches.


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Michael Cooper - TE - 6-5, 257 pounds - Indiana
Cooper spent his final two college seasons at Indiana after starting out at Arizona during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

In his time with the Hoosiers, Cooper caught 19 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

As a senior, Cooper was twice named Indiana's Offensive Player of the Week. He now joins Nate Sudfeld in Washington as a member of the Redskins.


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Shiro Davis - LB - 6-3, 256 pounds - Texas
Davis was a four-year contributor for the Longhorns, registering 69 tackles with 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

During his senior season, Davis set career highs in tackles (29), tackles for loss (5.5) and forced fumbles (two).

Davis is one of three college free agent linebackers signed by the Redskins.


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Reggie Diggs - WR - 6-4, 200 pounds - Richmond
Diggs, a Dendron, Va., native, played collegiately at Richmond, where he was the Spiders' top receiving target the last two seasons, totaling at least 900 yards and five touchdowns both years.

During his junior season, Diggs caught 85 passes for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns, earning All-CAA second-team honors.

He followed it up with a 66-catch, 901-yard campaign as a senior.


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Ejiro Ederaine - LB - 6-3, 234 pounds - Fresno State
Ederaine started his last 36 appearances for the Bulldogs and was twice named a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.

During his sophomore season, Ederaine tallied 10 sacks along with two passes defensed.

In total, his 21 career sacks tie him for sixth-most in school history.


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Joe Gore - T - 6-6, 300 pounds - Clemson
Gore moved to the offensive line after starting out as a defensive end during his freshman season.

His first-career game came against Ball State on Sept. 8, 2012, as he played 34 snaps against the Cardinals.

Gore would register his first-career start on Aug. 30, 2014, against then-No. 12 ranked Georgia Tech.

He would appear in 15 games last season as Clemson made it to the National Championship Game against Alabama.


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Maurice Harris - WR - 6-3, 195 pounds - CaliforniaIn four seasons with California, the Greensboro, N.C., native, appeared in 42 games, recording 81 receptions with 1,009 yards and 10 touchdowns.

During his senior season, Harris catch 40 passes for 558 yards and six touchdowns.

He was one of six California receivers to post at least 40 receptions during the season.


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Dominick Jackson - G - 6-6, 315 pounds - Alabama
After transferring from the College of San Mateo, Jackson appeared in 21 games over his two active seasons at Alabama.

During his senior season in 2015, Jackson was named second-team All-SEC after earning the starting right tackle job.

Jackson reunites with fellow Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio.


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Robert Kelley - RB - 6-0, 220 pounds - Tulane
Kelley was Tulane's leading rusher rusher during the 2012 season, as he totaled 286 rushing yards along with collecting 340 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Kelley rush for a career-high 420 yards during the 2013 season before missing all of the 2014.

He returned in 2015 to appear in 12 games, recording 65 carries for 232 yards and a touchdown.


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Joe Kerridge - FB - 6-0, 249 pounds - Michigan
Kerridge is currently the only fullback on the Redskins' roster after spending four seasons at Michigan.

He appeared in 48 games during that span, collecting 18 rushing attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown, while also hauling in 17 receptions for 123 yards.


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Anthony Lanier - DE - 6-6, 265 pounds - Alabama A&M

Lanier finished his college career with 164 tackles (43.5 for loss) along with 12 sacks.

Lanier was the Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player in 2015 along with being a second team All-SWAC selection in 2014.

Lanier played both basketball and football at Alabama A&M  to start, but played just football his final two seasons.


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Geno Matias-Smith - S - 6-0, 196 pounds - Alabama
Matias-Smith spent time at both cornerback and safety during his time at Alabama, as he appeared in 54 games for the Crimson Tide, collecting 143 tackles along with eight passes defensed, six tackles for loss and an interception.

After moving to safety following his sophomore season, Matias-Smith had the best year of his college career in 2015, registering a career-high 72 tackles and his first and only interception.


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Valdez Showers - WR - 6-0, 193 pounds - Florida
Showers is the fifth Florida Gator on the Redskins' roster, joining running backs Matt Jones and Mack Brown along with tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

In four seasons with Florida, Showers collected 197 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 26 receptions while also rushing for 105 yards during his sophomore season.

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