The Redskins entered the 2014 NFL Draft without a first round pick and plenty of needs to fill. Washington knew they need to address holes at linebacker, right tackle, and corner and were able to address all of those positions. Of course there is no way of knowing if the Redskins draft picks will be studs or duds, but it is always fun to look ahead. Here is the Washington Redskins 2014 Draft Class.
Postion: Outside Linebacker
Weight: 250 Ib
Pick: 2nd round, 47th overall
Washington fans had to wait longer than expected for the Redskins' first pick as they traded out of the 34 spot in return for the Dallas Cowboys' 47th and 78th pick. With the 47th the Redskins selected outside linebacker Trent Murphy out of Stanford. Many fans and pundits were surprised by the pick considering Washington already has Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan playing the outside linebacker position in the 3-4.
Murphy provides depth and an impressive rotation for the Redskins at outside linebacker. He has an incredibly high motor matched by natural instincts and good strength. Murphy could potentially move inside and play defensive end for the Redskins as well. His best attribute is that he can get to the quarterback, as he led the nation in sacks his senior year with 15. Even though Washington has Orakpo and Kerrigan there is no doubt Murphy will play his fare share of snaps his rookie year.
Position: Right Tackle
Weight: 314 Ib
Pick: 3rd round, 66th overall
If there was one pressing need the Redskins had to meet in this draft it was the right tackle position. With the selection of Morgan Moses in the third round Washington got their guy. Moses has the size and strength you want in a starting offensive tackle. Moses best attribute is his the length of his arms at 35 3/8''.
Moses could face a lot of pressure this season considering he might be expected to start right away, a tall task for a third round pick, but the Redskins know Moses has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL.
Position: Offensive Guard
Weight: 320 Ib
Pick: 3rd round, 78th overall
The Redskins continued to bolster their offensive line with their third round selection of Spencer Long. The Nebraska Cornhusker posses world class strength and the build to become a starting NFL offensive guard. Despite having impressive physicality Long lacks athleticism and has been described as heavy footed. It does not help that Long tore his MCL his senior year. It is best for the Redskins to move slowly with Long in hopes he becomes a starter in a few years.
Weight: 197 Ib
Pick: 4th round, 102nd overall
After only taking linemen on the second day of the draft, the Washington Redskins drafted Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland with the 102nd pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Breeland was projected by many to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. With Breeland the Redskins get a fluid athlete that plays aggressively against the run.
At 5'11 and 197 pounds Breeland will need to bulk up at the next level but he has the mentality of a physical corner. The Clemson corner was suspended for half a game against Maryland his senior year after he was ejected for targeting against Florida State. Breeland is not expected to start anytime soon but will be an instant contributor on special teams.
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 199 Ib
Pick: 5th round, 142nd overall
With their 5th round pick and 142nd overall the Washington Redskins selected wide receiver Ryan Grant out of Tulane. Grant may not be the tallest receiver at 6'0 but he is able use his compact frame to his advantage. Grant's has smooth acceleration and is a natural pass catcher.
Despite possessing natural pass catching ability and body control, Grant does lack ideal speed and physical tools to be a complete receiver. The Redskins have a project slot receiver in Grant who will need proper coaching to become a consistent contributor on offense. With the plethora of wide recievers the Redskins have Grant won't have any pressure to perform right away. Expect Grant to be an instant special teams contributor and a possible offensive weapon down the road.
Position: Running Back
Weight: 201 Ib
Pick: 6th round, 186 overall
With their sixth round pick the Washington Redskins have selected running back Lache (pronounced 'Lake') Seastrunk out of Baylor. Seastrunk definitely wins best name of the Redskins draft class and will rejoin his former teammate in Washington in Robert Griffin the third. Seastrunk fits the Redskins' zone running scheme and can be utilized in the return game.
Seastrunk uses his smaller frame to his advantage when hitting the hole and avoiding tacklers. He does not possess elite speed but uses nifty footwork to get out in open space. The Redskins can feel good about this pick considering their ability to find quality running backs in later rounds (hint: Alfred Morris). Expect to see Seastrunk a lot on special teams and as a possible change of pace back on offense.
Position: Tight End
Weight: 257 Ib
Pick: 7th round, 217th overall
With their first of two seventh round picks the Redskins drafted tight end Ted Bolser out of Indiana. Bolser has the height and frame of a prototypical NFL tight end but does not have the athletic ability that will give him separation from NFL linebackers and safeties. It also doesn't help Bolser is that he is a liability in run and pass protection. Bolser has above average hands but his lack of blocking skills limits his use in an offense. If the Redskins are patient Bolser could become a Logan Paulsen type player for Washington.
Pick: 7th round, 228th overall
I didn't bother with measurables considering Hocker is a kicker. He did make 13 of his 15 field goals his senior year at Arkansas. Look for him to compete for the starting kicker job with Kai Forbath. I am sure the battle it will be closely watched at training camp, then again maybe not.