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Redskins Combine Countdown: Florida State G Tre Jackson

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Redskins Combine Countdown: Florida State G Tre Jackson

The NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis in just 9 days. I will be there and in between now and then I’ll be doing a lot of work getting up to speed on the draft class of 2015. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Tre Jackson
Guard
Florida State

Height: 6-4
Weight: 323

What they’re saying
In addition to possesses road-grader size and power, Jackson will surprise with his athleticism and quickness when asked to mirror rushers or get to the second level as a run blocker, and plays with solid instincts and awareness in both facets of the offense.

Derek Stephens, CBS Sports

Fleshy midsection with excess weight potentially affecting foot quickness. Loses feet sliding to pick up rushers. Will duck head into block on contact. Limited effectiveness in space. Inconsistent performer this season. Too reliant upon size over skill and failed to show improvement this season. Struggles to get feet into winning position when blocking laterally.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

How he fits the Redskins: We may know the team’s level of interest in a player like Jackson sometime in the next few weeks. There has been plenty of speculation that they will let go of 32-year-old right guard Chris Chester at some point before free agency starts in order to save $4 million against the cap and get someone younger at the position.

If that happens—and that’s just speculation, not anything based on solid information at this point—it could mean that the team is going to hope that Spencer Long, a third-round draft pick last year, can grow into the right guard job. Or they might want to set up a competition between Long and a draft pick such as Jackson.

Jackson has the size that Scot McCloughan is looking for, although he perhaps is not as big as he was when the “fleshy midsection” comment above was made. During the season he was listed at 330 lb. He weighed in at 320 at the Senior Bowl. At 6-4, he probably has the frame to carry that much and be fairly solid. Terms like “road grader” and “power” also could get McCloughan’s attention.

Potential issues: Was his failure to show improvement in 2014 that Zierlein noted a matter of resting on his laurels after the team’s 2013 national title? Has he hit his ceiling? Does he put in the time in the weight room?

Bottom line: Whether or not Jackson is on the Redskins’ draft board could come down to whether or not McCloughan believes that he’ll keep his weight in check and continue to work to get better. The Redskins have had one mid-round lineman have issues with staying in shape and they don’t need another one. If he passes the interview process—and that will include coaches and staff at FSU as well as Jackson himself—he could get serious consideration when the second day of the draft rolls around.

Previously in Combine Countdown:

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Williams returns, sheds little light on circumstances of suspension

Williams returns, sheds little light on circumstances of suspension

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams returned to practice today after missing four games due to a substance abuse suspension and afterward he returned to his customary spot in one corner of the locker room and fielded questions from reporters. He talked about what it was like to be back, what he did while he was out, how he watched his team’s games on a TV in his room, and other such matters.

What he did not discuss were the circumstances of his suspension.

The suspension was Williams second, the other one coming back in 2011 when he was suspended the last four games of the season. That was for a failed test. It doesn’t appear to be the case this time.

“Everything was different about the situation,” he said when asked to compare this suspension to his first one. “I really can’t comment on it any further. There have been reports out and a lot of them have some truth to them.”

According to some media reports that came out around the time that he was suspended, the punishment stemmed not from failed drug tests but from missed tests. There was some confusion about the testing process and Williams was caught up in it.

“I was angry,” he said of when he heard that the suspension had been imposed.” A lot of anger, a lot of disappointment.”

Williams said that he has his teammates’ support.

“Extremely hard to deal with but it feels good go be back with my teammates, back on the field doing what I love to do,” he said. “We had conversations, they understood what went on. They have my back.”

Williams said that the only silver lining to the situation was that the various nagging injuries that had built up before the suspension have healed. He said,  “I’m as fresh as I’ll ever be,” heading into Week 14. “I feel great.”

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Rookie hazing: DeSean Jackson turns Kendall Fuller around in 1v1 drills (VIDEO)

Rookie hazing: DeSean Jackson turns Kendall Fuller around in 1v1 drills (VIDEO)

Beating up on Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller has become normal on social media the last few weeks, but the rookie still has a bright NFL future, not to mention he opened the season with a string of strong games. 

That said, Fuller has had a rough last few weeks for the 'Skins. Manning the slot corner role, the rookie has faced tough matchups and been caught out of position a few times. Coaches always talk about Fuller's work ethic in practice, and he goes hard each session. But on Wednesday, Fuller was put in a tough spot, facing off against DeSean Jackson in one-on-ones.

One-on-one drills between defensive backs and wide receivers are inherently titled toward the offensive side of the field. There are no linebackers, no pass rush, no safety help. Generally, receivers should catch the pass in one-on-one drills. 

Few corners perform well against Jackson in one-on-ones, but it's worse when the cameras are rolling. Watch the full video above.