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Redskins email report: Scouting tackles, backs

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

This one was tough: I vowed not to analyze another aspect of Robert Griffin III's game. It was difficult. I think there are two or three throws I have not yet asked some scout or expert to break down. But fear not, there is still two weeks before the draft. His name will pop up again, I'm quite confident of that.

Instead, this week I talked to Russ Lande (again) of GM Jr. as well as the Sporting News -- he's a former scout who knows his stuff. Click on his link to see more of his work. (By the way, Lande is going to do a chat during the draft). Also talked to Charles Davis, a draft analyst for the NFL Network and I spoke with a scout. I focused primarily on two positions: right tackle and running back (next week it's the defense's turn).

The Redskins have shown interest in Oklahoma tackle Donald Stephenson. Here's what Lande had to say, in part, about him:

"I gave him a fifth-round grade, but I could see someone taking him in the third round. He flashes greatness. There are some plays you go, ‘Wow.’ And other plays he’s on the ground and you’re like, ‘How did he end up on the ground for a guy who’s a good athlete."

One player the scout liked? Florida State tackle Andrew Datko. If he's healthy, that is. And that could be a big if.

“He’s had medical issues (left shoulder), but he’s an undersized and tough, very smart guy that could fit in the zone scheme. If he’s cleared, you can get him in the fourth or fifth round and he could be a guy in 2013 who is a starter at tackle. If not for the medical issues he might be a second- or third-round pick.”

The other tackle from FSU? Zebrie Sanders? The scout wasn't a fan. All totaled, there were bits of analysis on eight different tackles who could be available in rounds 3-7.

As for the running backs, two drew comparisons to former Mike Shanahan backs: Vick Ballard (Mike Anderson) and Edwin Baker (Olandis Gary).

Meanwhile, Davis liked Robert Turbin of Utah State and Bernard Pierce of Temple.

"I like the sturdiness of them. Both are built strong. They are that one-cut type runner," Davis said.

Finally, they discussed some potential tight ends. Why? Because Fred Davis is a positive drug test from a year suspension and Chris Cooley is coming off a knee issue. Lande found one tight end in particular, SMU's Taylor Thompson, a converted defensive end, intriguing.

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