Washington Redskins 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 10, 2014

Washington Redskins 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

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    It's no secret that it takes several years to fully assess a team's draft performance. Still, with the 2014 NFL draft in the books, we do have a chance to reflect on each of the picks the Washington Redskins made in order to make an initial determination regarding how it appears they fared, pre-hindsight. 

    Here, we attempt to do exactly that. 

List of All 2014 Draft Selections

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    Here's a complete look at who became a Redskin over the last three days:

    Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford (2nd, 47th overall)
    Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia (3rd, 66th overall)
    Spencer Long, G, Nebraska (3rd, 78th overall)
    Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson (4th, 102nd overall)
    Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane (5th, 142nd overall)
    Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor (6th, 186th overall)
    Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana (7th, 217th overall)
    Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas (7th, 228th overall)

The Good

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    We start with the picks we liked...

     

    Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia (3rd, 66th overall)

    Moses won’t be the steal of the draft because he’ll never be a left tackle, but he has the size, strength and overall ability to be a top-10 right tackle in this league, and his ceiling is probably higher than that.

    I thought he’d be a late-first-round or early-second-round pick, and Moses really did look like an ideal selection for the ‘Skins in the No. 34 spot. The fact that they ended up getting him 32 picks later while essentially adding Trent Murphy free of charge is simply awesome.

    This pick should put a smile on Robert Griffin’s face.

     

    Spencer Long, G, Nebraska (3rd, 78th overall)

    Speaking of picks that should put a smile on RGIII’s face, Long also has the ability to contribute right from the get-go while bringing some much-needed bulk to the interior of that offensive line. The Redskins aren’t messing around as they attempt to better protect Griffin this season.

    Long, who was a team captain, is basically a cornfed Nebraska cliche, which is pretty much exactly what the Redskins need inside. Injury concerns exist, but they didn’t reach for him in this spot and now they might not have to worry about that offensive line for years to come. 

     

    Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson (4th, 102nd overall)

    They finally address the secondary and with a potential steal. Mike Mayock said on NFL Network’s broadcast that he gave Breeland a second-round grade, and the Redskins will appreciate the fact he can play both inside and outside.

    He has good size, solid technique and enough quality ACC experience to contribute relatively quickly. The 6’3” Keith McGill would have been an intriguing pick in this spot, but we’re OK with Breeland, too.

     

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

    Seventh-round picks can be used on fliers, but I'm OK with grabbing a special teamer who could have a bright future. The Redskins need somebody here, because Kai Forbath missed three of his eight attempts from beyond 40 yards last season. 

The Bad

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    We continue with the picks we didn't love...

     

    Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford (2nd, 47th overall)

    Ordinarily I’d rip the Redskins for taking a guy guaranteed to spend the majority of the 2014 season on the sideline with their first pick, but considering that they weren’t on the clock until the No. 47 spot, this isn’t rant-worthy.

    The Redskins look like geniuses because they traded down from the 34th spot, grabbed Murphy and still wound up with two potential starting offensive linemen in Round 3, but I still would have gone with a defensive back here. Stanley Jean-Baptiste could have made more of an impact as a rookie than Murphy will.

     

    Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor (6th, 186th overall)

    I don’t get it. They have four capable backs on the roster. It wouldn’t kill them if this didn’t pan out, but why not load up on fliers for the secondary here?

    In their defense, though, this isn't "baffling" because the Redskins traded up for good value here. NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki had Seastrunk as a mid-round pick. 

     

    Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana (7th, 217th overall)

    Just a weird pick because I can't see him pushing Jordan Reed or Logan Paulsen. He's not considered to be a good blocker and was expected by many to be an undrafted free agent. 

The Baffling

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    And we wrap it up with the pick we sort of hated...

     

    Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane (5th, 142nd overall)

    Wide receiver isn’t a need at all. So much so that Grant, who B/R’s Matt Miller projected as a seventh-round pick, might have trouble making the final roster. With a stellar, need-filling safety like Ed Reynolds still available in this spot, this pick is ridiculous.

    Of course, the draft is a crapshoot and Grant could be a massive sleeper who wins the No. 3 receiver job. That’s why hindsight is nice. But right now, this pick looks like it has a good chance at becoming a waste.