May 15, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Washington Redskins

#93 Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

Washington Redskins
Division: NFC East | Last Season Record: 3-13

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: The offensive line needed to be improved, specifically the right side. A right tackle and a right guard should have been what their first two or three picks consisted of. They could also use a big receiver and a speedy running back.

Their secondary is a big problem. They needed several defensive backs. At this point, safety is a bigger concern than cornerback, and they also needed to address the inside linebacker position.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 2

15. (47) Trent Murphy, OLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Stanford
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 260 lbs.

Round 3

2. (66) Morgan Moses, OT
Experience: Senior | School: Virginia
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 311 lbs.

14. (78) Spencer Long, OG
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Nebraska
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 320 lbs.

Round 4

2. (102) Bashaud Breeland*, CB
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Clemson
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 188 lbs.

Round 5

2. (142) Ryan Grant, WR
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Tulane
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 194 lbs.

Round 6

10. (186) Lache Seastrunk*, RB
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Baylor
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 199 lbs.

Round 7

2. (217) Ted Bolser, TE
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Indiana
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 248 lbs.

13. (228) Zach Hocker, K
Experience: Senior | School: Arkansas
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 189 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Lache Seastrunk*, RB (Round 6, Pick 10)
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Baylor
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 199 lbs.

Analysis: Seastrunk came into the year as a favorite to be not only the first running back drafted, but a potential first or second round pick. He was a bargain in the 6th round, and will be the dynamic back the Redskins needed to pair with Alfred Morris.

Most Questionable Pick:

Spencer Long, OG (Round 3, Pick 14)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Nebraska
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 320 lbs.

Analysis: Spencer Long likely would have been available late into day 3, so I didn't like this pick, especially since Long was picked over many guards who were more talented (Gabe Jackson, Trai Turner, and David Yankey to name a few).

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Cody Hoffman, WR
Experience: Senior | School: Brigham Young
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 218 lbs.

Analysis: Hoffman was worth a pick up as a UDFA. He's a big receiver who could get a few targets in the redzone.

Other Free Agent Signings

Silas Redd, RB, Southern California
Tommy Rees, QB, Notre Dame
Chris Davenport, OT, Louisiana State
JR Carr, LS, Tennessee
Justin Blake, DB, Hampton
L.J. Jones, CB, Fresno State
Rashad Lawrence, WR, Northwestern
Kevin Fogg, CB, Liberty
Lee Doss, WR, Southern
Bryan Shepherd, CB, North Dakota State
Robert Thomas, DT, Arkansas
Mike Box, QB, IUPFB
Quandon Christian, LB, Clemson
Kofi Hughes, WR, Indiana
Chris Fields, WR, Ohio State

Draft Review:

Analysis: Trent Murphy was somewhat of a surprise pick in the second round, as I thought they would take a right tackle before they ended up trading down. Murphy is similar to Ryan Kerrigan, and could have an impact as a third pass rusher.

Morgan Moses was a steal in the third round. I thought the Redskins would take him in the second round, but he fell right in their laps in round 3. He should be an immediate upgrade at the right tackle spot.

Spencer Long was a big reach in my opinion, but he has starting ability. I'm a big fan of Bashaud Breeland, who could have come off the board two rounds earlier. He could emerge as the starting right cornerback, allowing David Amerson to shift to safety.

Ryan Grant isn't the big receiver I thought they'd target, but he should be a decent #4 or #5 receiver. Seastrunk was a day 3 steal, but I don't think their 7th rounders (TE Ted Bolser, and K Zach Hocker) make the roster.

The Verdict: For the most part, I liked what the Redskins did. They stole Morgan Moses, Bashaud Breeland, and Lache Seastrunk in the third, fourth, and sixth rounds respectively and Moses and Breeland could be immediate starters. I didn't like the fact that they only drafted one defensive back and didn't draft an inside linebacker, but they ended up having a pretty solid draft.

Overall Grade: B-