- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2008

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Redskins 360: Get the latest on the free agent visit of wide receiver D.J. Hackett.

D1SCOURSE: Patrick Stevens checks in with the latest from the ACC tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

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Georgetown begins its postseason with a Big East quarterfinal game against Villanova. Noon, ESPN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

1. MANNY ACTA

The opener is 17 days away and the Nationals’ starting rotation is muddled. Maybe Manny can use his pitchers in three-inning intervals — the bullpen has been impressive.

2. D.J. HACKETT

The free agent receiver has the kind of size (6-foot-2) the Redskins covet. But his production — 32 catches, three touchdowns — isn’t enough to warrant big dollars.

3. CRISTOBAL HUET

He has been in the Capitals’ goal less than three weeks but his performance should tell Ted Leonsis he needs to lock this guy up long-term before Huet hits the open market.

4. GARRISON CARR

Paced by Carr’s 18.2 points a game, American, in its 82nd season of playing men’s basketball, needs to beat Colgate on Friday to clinch its first-ever NCAA tournament berth.

5. FOLARIN CAMPBELL

The George Mason senior guard scored 20 points in the win over William & Mary on Monday. They’ll be an 11 or 12 seed, but don’t rule out the Patriots making more noise in the tournament.

TWT FIVE - AVAILABLE PASS RUSHERS FOR REDSKINS

1. Derrick Harvey, Florida: Assuming Chris Long and Vernon Gholston will be off the board by the 21st pick, Harvey had 19½ sacks in his in final 27 college games.

2. Phillip Merling, Clemson: A big guy (6-5, 270) whose numbers (27 tackles for lost yardage) suggest he’s good against the run. Had 12 sacks in three years.

3. Calais Campbell, Miami: Extremely productive the last two seasons 134 tackles, 33 tackles for lost yardage and 16.5 sacks. At 6-7, there are questions how well he can play the run.

4. Lawrence Jackson, Southern Cal: Might be on the board in the second round if the Redskins opt to go with a receiver at No. 21. A four-year starter, he had 30½ sacks in 52 games for the Trojans.

5. Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech: Could be option in the second or fourth rounds. Posted 13 sacks in last two seasons. A bunch of personal foul penalties serve as red flag for teams.

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