Grading Washington Redskins’ 2014 NFL Draft Picks

Grading the Washington Redskins' 2014 NFL Draft Picks

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The Washington Redskins came out with eight new players following the conclusion of last week's NFL Draft. These said players will hope to improve a Redskins squad that finished with the second-worst record in the NFL in 2013. Here are the draft grades of each of the eight selections the Redskins made in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Pick No. 228 - Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas

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Pick No. 228 - Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas

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With their last overall pick in the draft, the Redskins drafted Zach Hocker, kicker out of Arkansas. The 'Skins hope that Hocker can at least become the kickoff specialist, as Kai Forbath has struggled with kickoffs. However, the 'Skins need a lot of depth on their roster, and to use a pick on another special teams player when they could have signed Hocker as a free agent, is just a waste.

Grade: D+

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Pick No. 217 - Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana

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Again, the Redskins really targeted special teams players in this draft, and Ted Bolser was one of those players drafted for special teams purposes. The Redskins will look for Bolser to run down players on kickoffs, while contributing as a blocker on the offensive side of the ball. Bolser has great size, so it's not an all-around bad pick.

Grade: C

Pick No. 186 - Lache Seastrunk, RB, Washington

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Pick No. 186 - Lache Seastrunk, RB, Washington

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The Redskins got good value with this pick, as leading up to the draft, Lache Seastrunk was projected as a third or fourth-round draft pick. Washington will be hoping Seastrunk pushes Roy Helu Jr. for the backup running back position. Seastrunk could develop into the perfect complementary back to starter Alfred Morris, so this was a good pickup for the Redskins in the later rounds.

Grade: A-

Pick No. 142 - Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

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Pick No. 142 - Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

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Add another receiver to the huge arsenal of receivers the Redskins already possess. Washington seems to have a thing for small, speedy receivers, and Ryan Grant of Tulane fits that mold. Though the Redskins could have gone for a position need with this pick such as safety, Grant has excellent acceleration, and fits the mold of his fellow receivers such as Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson.

Grade: C+

Pick No. 102 - Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

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Pick No. 102 - Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

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The Redskins addressed their lack of depth at cornerback by drafting Clemson's Bashaud Breeland, a defensive back with solid size at 5-foot-11, 197 pounds. The question is, why didn't Washington draft a more highly-rated corner such as Keith McGill or Aaron Colvin, who were still on the board? Like a lot of these picks by Washington in the draft, the Redskins could have gotten better value.

Grade: C+

Pick No. 78 - Spencer Long, G, Nebraska

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Pick No. 78 - Spencer Long, G, Nebraska

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The Redskins made the right pick as far as addressing a key need at guard with the selection of Nebraska's Spencer Long. The issue again is, there was better value to be had with this selection. Long was not only unheralded entering this draft, he was projected as a seventh-round or undrafted free agent. Coach Jay Gruden made a lot of selections of unheralded players in this draft, and this was one of them.

Grade - F

Pick No. 66 - Morgan Moses, T, Virginia

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Pick No. 66 - Morgan Moses, T, Virginia

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Great pick by the Redskins here, as they need a draft prospect to replace starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus in the starting lineup. Moses was considered a top-five player at his position, and was projected by some as a first or second-round draft pick. The Redskins not only addressed a key need, they get great value with this selection.

Grade - A+

Pick No. 47 - Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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Pick No. 47 - Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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Great first overall selection for the Redskins, as they get a dynamic pass-rushing threat in Trent Murphy. While at Stanford in 2013, Murphy led the nation in sacks with 15. The Stanford product possesses the ability to play both outside linebacker and defensive end. It should be interesting to see if Murphy's collegiate success will translate to the pros when it pertains to rushing the passer.

Grade - A+


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  • Chris Bressler

    Better value? Who says, you? Did you do a tenth of the work they did to evaluate these prospects? Thought not. The draft is not solely for immediate results. That is pretty much the first round that will net immediate results. Beyond that, its about potential. Redskins obviously didn’t feel those other players on the board would be as good as their picks 2-3 seasons from now. You lack vision beyond the now.