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NFC East Draft Grades: Washington Redskins

Outside linebacker Trent Murphy

Outside linebacker Trent Murphy

Washington Redskins
The Redskins’ selection of Trent Murphy in the second round surprised me … not because he isn’t a talented player, but more due to there being more pressing needs. Murphy is a very good pass rusher, and plays with relentless tenacity. Defensive coordinator, Jim Haslett, likes to use multiple fronts, so the pick of Murphy makes me think Washington will use him as a third rusher – along with starting outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan – when the Redskins go to a 4-3. The Redskins hit some of those pressing needs by adding tackle Morgan Moses and guard Spencer Long in the third round. Moses was talked about as a possible first-rounder, so getting him at No. 68 was a good pick for the Redskins. Moses could challenge incumbent Tyler Polumbus for the starting job at right tackle. Long is physical, and could help solidify the interior line and help give quarterback Robert Griffin III a cleaner pocket. The Redskins brought in Clemson cornerback, Bashaud Breeland, in the fourth round. Breeland is a physical corner with good ball skills. He could press for playing time if he shows the ability to stay with quicker wideouts. The Redskins added a trio of offensive players in Ryan Grant (WR), Lache Seastrunk (RB) and Ted Bolser (TE) in the later rounds. The interesting selection for me was Seastrunk, who adds an element to the position that is currently missing. Seastrunk is a shifty, outside runner, and could find time as a change-of-pace back. The Redskins also selected kicker Zach Hocker to push incumbent Kai Forbath.
Grade: C

Washington Redskins – 2014 Draft Selections
2 (47) Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
3 (66) Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
3 (78) Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
4 (102) Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
5 (142) Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
6 (186) Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
7 (217) Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
7 (228) Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas

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