The Washington Redskins traded down in the second round and ended up with a trio of large-sized players on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Skins traded their No. 34 overall pick in the draft to the Dallas Cowboys for the right to pick 47 and 78 instead. Given the need for a nearly all-over young talent infusion, the move by Bruce Allen to trade down for an additional pick is not surprising. With their delayed first pick, the Skins selected fifth-year senior Trent Murphy, an outside linebacker from Stanford. Using their two third round picks, the team nabbed O-linemen: Morgan Moses from University of Virginia and Spencer Long from University of Nebraska. The team still has four picks available Saturday in rounds four through seven.
Trent Murphy: Nicknamed the “Yeti” at Stanford, Murphy showed his beastliness on the field with 10 sacks in 2013. He was first team All-Pac-12. At six feet five and 250 pounds, some view the outside linebacker as an NFL tweener–too small for the line and not quite fast enough to excel as an edge rusher. At the NFL Combine, Murphy clocked a 4.86 40 yard dash, but reduced his time to 4.72 at Stanford’s pro day workout. At this point, the college OLB is expected to play behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Murphy has lined up as a defensive lineman in college, so he could provide pass rushing help as DE in the expected 3-4 defensive alignment of the new Redskins coaching regime. Murphy plays with ferocity and is considered good against the run, in addition to his pass rush ability.
Morgan Moses: Tagged with the name “Shrek” when he began playing for the Cavaliers in 2010, as the larger part of the duo with “Donkey” being the more diminutive Kevin Parks, Moses must have been the Redskins O-line target all along as they traded down from 34. The Redskins team needs include right tackle, and the team hopes Moses can contend with Tyler Polumbus for the starting job right away. Standing 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 314 pounds, Moses has prototype tackle size. He is considered a good pass blocker, able to utilize his long arms to his advantage. Nevertheless, the knocks on the O-lineman are a lack of aggressiveness and desire to flatten defenders. Even though trading down in the second round, the Washington Redskins still ended up going with the large tackle from nearby UVA whom they had targeted.
Spencer Long: The Skins tapped Long as their second pick in the third round. He is another fifth-year senior and projects to play either guard or tackle in the NFL. Long missed much of his last college season with an MCL injury to his left knee. Long is a strong run blocker and is described as a mauler, which is needed on the Redskins offensive line. Showing great determination, Long went from a walk-on player to a starter for two-plus seasons for the Huskers. The draftee studied pre-med and was accepted to medical school. Learning the playbook will not be an issue for Long.
Bruce Allen did not surprise many following the Washington Redskins draft by trading down in the second round in order to nab three large bodies on day two of the NFL Draft. Using the first pick for the team on an OLB, not a position of need, was not expected. Nevertheless, the Skins need help in the pass rush and Trent Murphy showed that ability. The two O-linemen can hopefully contribute right away. The Skins are expected to continue to fill out their defensive needs in the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Commentary by William Costolo