Washington Redskins: Complete 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-Up and Analysis

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Washington Redskins: Complete 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-Up and Analysis
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The first draft of the post-Mike Shanahan era for the Washington Redskins could best be described as front-loaded. The team took eight players, but the strength of the class is definitely most evident in the first two selections.

General manager Bruce Allen and rookie head coach Jay Gruden wisely targeted a versatile outside pass-rusher with their first pick. That was followed by a partial steal in Round 3, when the team's patience was rewarded with a huge offensive tackle who had been a prominent predraft target.

What followed was a collection of questionable picks. Most of them met needs, but many of the prospects taken seemed underwhelming or reaches.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of this draft was how Gruden and Allen handled it. The latter was experiencing his first controlling influence in five years with the team.

Allen proved himself up to the task, smartly trading for extra selections and staying faithful to an unpopularbut perhaps necessarystrategy.

Here is a complete recap of what Washington did right and wrong in the 2014 NFL draft, with analysis for all the big decisions.

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