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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Taking a look at the Redskins UDFAs

By John Keim

It's tough to get too excited about undrafted free agents considering the difficult path they face in the NFL. But it's not unusual for one or two to make the roster. Regardless, here's a little information on the nine undrafted players the Redskins have signed this week. They'll be in action this weekend during the Redskins' rookie minicamp.

Nose tackle Chris Davenport, Tulane

Size: 6-foot-4, 330 pounds

Noteworthy: Pittsburgh called him in the sixth round to discuss a free-agent contract as well. Davenport transferred from LSU -- he was considered a five-star recruit out of high school -- and made an impact with the Green Wave. He started 12 games and finished with 1.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and 19 combined tackles. He started 12 games, including eight at nose tackle. He went to LSU as a nose tackle, but was switched to the offensive line. When Davenport left LSU he weighed 370 pounds, losing 35 before the start of the 2013 season.

Receiver Lee Doss, Southern University

Size: 6-foot-1, 178 pounds

Noteworthy: Doss caught 78 passes for 1,172 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning third-team All-American honors at the FCS level. As a junior, Doss caught 65 passes for 698 yards and eight touchdowns. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at his pro day. Doss originally played at Selma University, then transferred to Southern and made the team as a walk-on. He's considered to have good quickness and could be more of a slot receiver.

Receiver Cody Hoffman, Brigham Young

Size: 6-foot-4, 223 pounds

Noteworthy: His dad, Derrick Ramsey, played tight end for New England and Oakland from 1978-85. Hoffman finished as the Cougars' all-time leader in catches (260), receiving yards (3,612), touchdown receptions (33) and all-purpose yards (5,105). He excelled as a kick returner in college. Not considered explosive and some of his measurables at the combine (vertical jump and broad jump) were the lowest among the receivers and his 40-time (4.65) was 42nd out of 45 wideouts. A one-game suspension for a violation of team rules, injuries (he played with a torn labrum for two years, but a hamstring injury bothered him briefly last fall) and BYU's new emphasis on the run game hurt his senior season.

Receiver Kofi Hughes, Indiana

Size: 6-foot-1, 208 pounds

Noteworthy: Hughes was a team captain along with Redskins draft pick Ted Bolser. Hughes caught 47 passes for 739 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a standout special-teams player as a freshman. He was a quarterback in high school. Hughes ran the 40 in 4.52 seconds at his pro day.

Receiver Rashad Lawrence, Northwestern

Size: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Noteworthy: Another team captain. Lawrence caught 31 passes for 463 yards and a touchdown this past season. He finished his career with 96 catches, but only two touchdowns. Not much of a special-teams player. Lawrence did run the 40 in 4.49 seconds, but did not show a lot of explosiveness according to NFL.com

Tight end Kevin Perry, Texas El-Paso

Size: 6-foot-6, 275 pounds

Noteworthy: Perry is one of four plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NCAA concerning paying athletes. He played for the UTEP basketball team for two seasons. His dad, Gerald Perry, played for three teams in the NFL (Denver, the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Rams). Kevin Perry is cousins with former NBA player Stephen Jackson. Perry caught 29 passes for 344 yards in 43 career games.

Running back Silas Redd, Southern California

Size: 5-foot-10, 212 pounds

Noteworthy: Redd transferred from Penn State after the sanctions hit. He rushed for 1,241 yards as a sophomore with Penn State and did not match that success out west. Redd rushed for 905 yards two years ago as a junior. He suffered injuries to both knees last season -- a torn meniscus and sprained PCL, respectively -- and finished with 351 yards rushing. Those injuries cost him a chance at getting drafted. He posted a 4.68 time in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Defensive back Bryan Shepherd, North Dakota State

Size: 5-foot-10, 178 pounds

Noteworthy: Shepherd transferred from Nebraska-Omaha. He ran a 4.48 in the 40 at his pro day. He started six of 15 games and intercepted one pass. He was sixth on the team with 52 tackles. Shepherd started four of eight games he played in the previous season.  He received community service for election fraud.

Nose tackle Robert Thomas, Arkansas

Size: 6-foot-1, 327 pounds

Noteworthy: Thomas started his college career at Coffeyville Community College, playing one season. He suffered a season-ending broken leg in October. Thomas started strong before the injury with six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in seven games. He started seven of 24 games he played at Arkansas. Here’s a Q&A he did earlier this offseason.

Quarterback Tommy Rees, Notre Dame

Size: 6-foot-2, 210 pounds

Noteworthy: Rees completed 59.9 percent of his 1,001 passes in college with 61 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. Rees started 30 games, doing so this past season because Everett Golson unexpectedly left the school. Golson had supplanted him the previous season. Rees' father coached at Northwestern and UCLA and worked in scouting and pro personnel for four different NFL organizations. (He’s currently a scout with Tampa Bay.) Rees told 106.7 The Fan that his brother once roomed with Redskins kicker Kai Forbath at UCLA. The Redskins have three strong quarterback options with Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. Rees is considered a smart player; Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he’d love to hire him as a coach someday. Rees worked with Irish QB coach Matt LaFleur, a former Redskins coach, this past offseason. Rees was not invited to the combine.