Grading the Washington Redskins’ 2014 NFL Draft

Grading the Washington Redskins' 2014 NFL Draft

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The Washington Redskins didn't have a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but that doesn't mean they didn't still manage to utilize their collection of choices wisely. See how they graded out.

OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford (Round 2 47th Overall)

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OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford (Round 2 47th Overall) A-

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You can never have enough pass rushers, which is why the Redskins wasted no time making Trent Murphy their first draft pick of 2014. Murphy led the nation in sacks last season and will cause matchup nightmares for opposing offenses paired with Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo and Jason Hatcher. I give this pick an A-.

OT Morgan Moses, Virginia (Round 3 66th Overall)

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OT Morgan Moses, Virginia (Round 3 66th Overall) A

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I give this pick an A just because of where the Redskins selected Moses. Moses was widely regarded as a late first, early second round talent. The Redskins will get great value from the lineman by selecting him in the third round. Moses will come in and immediately compete for the starting right tackle position, as well as add size to an offensive line that was pushed around far too often in 2013. Moses will be a solid tackle for years to come.

G Spencer Long, Nebraska (Round 3 78th Overall)

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G Spencer Long, Nebraska (Round 3 78th Overall) B-

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Specer Long is an interesting prospect. He will bring a nastiness the Redskins' offensive line has been lacking. Long will push starter Chris Chester for playing time immediately. My only issue with this pick is Long's injury concerns and the fact that he may have been available later. I give this pick a B-

CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson (Round 4 102nd Overall)

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CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson (Round 4 102nd Overall) A-

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This is a great pick by Washington. Bashaud Breeland is a corner with a ton of up-side who will also help an awful Redskins special teams unit. Breeland is a physical corner who is always around the ball. Paired with David Amerson, the Redskins might have their corners of the future. I give this pick an A-.

WR Ryan Grant, Tulane (Round 5 142nd Overall)

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WR Ryan Grant, Tulane (Round 5 142nd Overall) C-

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This was an interesting pick by Washington. The Redskins already have a crowded receiving corps, and Ryan Grant will have a difficult time making the roster. This may be insurance for if Leonard Hankerson doesn't make a full recovery from knee surgery. Because of the lack of opportunity for Grant I give this pick a C-.

RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (Round 6 186th Overall)

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RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (Round 6 186th Overall)

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The Redskins may have found their latest sixth-round running back steal in Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk is a lightning quick back who can immediately come in to spell starter Alfred Morris as a change of pace back. I believe Seastrunk is athletic enough to develop into a good pass catching third down back for Washington, which is something that is essential in Gruden's offense. I give this pick an A+.

TE Ted Bolser, Indiana (Round 7 217th Overall)

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TE Ted Bolser, Indiana (Round 7 217th Overall) C-

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Ted Bolser was an interesting selection for the Redskins. Bolser is a big tight end at 6-foot-6, 252-pounds, who broke Indiana University's tight end records with 117 receptions, 1,337 yards, and 15 touchdowns. However, Bolser will have to improve his blocking and special teams play if he wants to make the roster in 2014. I don't see him having a huge impact which is why I give the pick a C-.

K Zach Hocker, Arkansas (Round 7 228th overall) C

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K Zach Hocker, Arkansas (Round 7 228th overall) C

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Kicker Zach Hocker was drafted by Washington to compete with current kicker Kia Forbath. Although Forbath has been a fairly accurate kicker, he ranked last in the NFL in touchbacks on kickoffs, giving opponents good starting field position often. The best chance for Hocker to beat out Forbath for the position is to show that he can not only be an accurate field goal kicker but a reliable kickoff specialist as well. I give this pick a C.


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