Impact of the Redskins Rookies
The 2013 NFL season was, frankly, a huge disappointment for the Washington Redskins, especially after having made the playoffs in the season before. However, the NFL Draft is always a chance to improve, and can act as an NFL teams guide as to how the upcoming season may unfold.
The Redskins would have ended up with the second overall pick in the 2014 draft, however, the Robert Griffin III trade meant that St Louis had possession of the premium pick. This meant that Washington was without a first round pick, and would miss out on the premier players in the draft. Despite this, they decided to trade back with their second round pick, moving down 13 spots and picking up an extra third round pick.
Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
With their first pick, the Redskins picked up one of college football’s best pass rushers in Stanford outside linebacker Murphy. Playing in one of the toughest conferences in the Pac 12, Murphy led the nation with 15 sacks, becoming one of the key players on one of the nation’s toughest defenses. He will be able to play straight away, and will come in primarily as back up for Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Moses came into the draft in many first round mock drafts, and was a surprise slider in the draft. The Redskins were the lucky recipients, picking him up in the first round. Moses is a solid tackle who will compete with Tyler Polumbus for the starting right tackle spot, as well as backing up star left tackle Trent Williams in a great value pick.
Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
Some will complain at the lack of value in this pick (Long was projected as a seventh rounder), however, Long provides much needed depth on the o-line and could potentially compete for a starting job.
The Best Of The Rest
Washington picked up some cornerback depth in the fourth round with the selection of Clemson’s Bashaud Breeland, who fits the current NFL trend of being a bigger back (5’11’’, 197.) They also added offensive weapons for RG3, with Tulane wide receiver Ryan Grant coming in to add to a bolstered receiving corps. Along with Grant, the Redskins also took Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, who was one of college football’s most electric playmakers. If he can earn the second spot behind Alfred Morris, the Redskins could have an excellent duo of second round picks in the backfield this season.