Doug Williams, the Redskins’ newly appointed personnel executive, will sit in on all of the team’s player interview sessions at the NFL’s scouting combine this weekend, according to general manager Bruce Allen.
“Doug, similar to what he did in Tampa, he is going to cross-scout,” Allen told reporters Friday in Indianapolis. “He’s going to be involved in the college personnel and the pro personnel. He’s sitting in all the interviews that we have with players.”
Since retiring from the NFL, Williams has served as a scout with the Jaguars, a personnel executive with the Buccaneers and, most recently, the head coach at Grambling State.
Although he was dismissed from Grambling early last season, Williams still has a feel for current college talent after spending the previous three years on the recruiting trail. And that familiarity, according to Allen, will be invaluable to the Redskins as the team scouts and interviews college football’s top prospects over the next few days.
“He has a good grasp of the college players today because coming from Grambling, it really is the same players that are coming out of the SEC," Allen said. "They just aren’t as fast or as big at Grambling as they are at the other schools.”
Allen added: “He knows a lot of these guys because back in his recruiting days he knew, ‘Oh gosh, I wish I could recruit him.’ He’ll be very valuable to us in adding his opinion.”