Redskins' 2014 NFL Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web
With the draft finally over, it's now time to assess what teams did and how the fresh faces will impact their respective rosters in 2014 and beyond.
Taking a look at a number of different football sites from around the web, the Washington Redskins received a wide range of grades, from high marks to "meh" overall outlooks.
Here's a look at what the top sites had to say about Washington's newest draft class and how they may or may not be right.
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated gave the Redskins a high mark due to the value of Stanford's Trent Murphy in the second round, who Farrar believes has "amazing potential." He also noted Washington's desire to address the offensive line with Virginia's Morgan Moses and Nebraska's Spencer Long in the third round, and he added that Baylor's Lache Seastrunk is a "very interesting sleeper."
Farrar's grade is a good one, and it is well supported. He also noted the Redskins as not having their first-round pick as part of the Robert Griffin III deal from a couple years ago, adding that the Washington front office performed well given their handicap.
Grade: C-plus (estimated weighted average)
Pete Prisco and the CBS Sports team handed out grades for each of the Redskins picks, which led to a weighted style, ultimately giving Washington a grade somewhere in the neighborhood of a C-plus.
Both Morgan Moses and Lache Seastrunk received the highest marks of the Redskins picks, both garnering B-plus grades. And according to what CBS called the Redskins' top areas of need, the front office was able to fulfill three of four positions, including offensive tackle, guard and outside linebacker—leaving safety as the only leftover position of need.
Indiana tight end Ted Bosler in the seventh round received the lowest grade (C), according to CBS. Not only does that seem a bit off given the Redskins' desire to add another pass-catching tight end, but it was also decent value in the final round. CBS notes Bosler is "inconsistent as a blocker, and lacks the athleticism to be a field stretcher."
Yahoo! wasn't a huge fan of the Redskins' incoming class, giving them a C-minus and naming fourth-rounder Bashaud Breeland Washington's top pick of the weekend.
Yahoo! then named top pick Trent Murphy the Redskins' worst pick of the weekend, noting, "It's more about the position, which is where Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo play, so finding reps for Murphy right away could be tough, even if he is a hard-charging worker who can inspire with his effort."
Clearly, Yahoo! isn't up to the long-term situation pertaining to the Redskins roster, as Orakpo is only signed under the franchise tag, and there's a slim chance the team is able to retain both he and Kerrigan on major deals. Murphy was the Redskins' top player available at No. 47, and he's likely a starter come 2015.
Yahoo! caps their analysis with, "They addressed two big need positions…but might not have come away with any real standouts."
Grade: C (according to fan voting)
The format for NFL.com is a bit different in that they give the power of grading to the fans, holding a vote and tally.
NFL.com listed offensive line, cornerback, defensive line and linebacker as positions of need, meaning the Redskins fulfilled three of them.
Charles Davis noted his interest in seeing how Trent Murphy is used, mentioning, "He's not an explosive dynamic pass rusher. But he's relentless." And for what it's worth, Ryan Kerrigan had a similar feel to him when the Redskins drafted him in the first round a couple years back.
Mike Mayock had good things to say about the newest offensive linemen, including that Morgan Moses reminded him of Minnesota's Phil Loadholt and that he was surprised by Spencer Long's energy and quickness.
Finally, Gil Brandt made note of fifth-rounder Ryan Grant's position skills, mentioning the receiver's route-running ability and "very good" hands.
From the analysis of each pick, it would seem as if the NFL.com expert panel would give the Redskins somewhere in the range of C-plus to B.
Ouch. Sporting News didn't come away the least bit impressed with the Redskins' newest draft class, despite their trade back in the second round to land additional picks: "They made a trade with the archrival Cowboys to get more picks after having no first-rounder, but they didn't do much good with it to get them back to playoff level."
They called Trent Murphy "more of a run-stopping edge guy they could have gotten later," while also mentioning Morgan Moses and Spencer Long as guys who "come with questions."
Again, it appears most guys dishing out the grades don't understand the Redskins' situation at outside linebacker and what the team seems to look for moving forward. If Brian Orakpo is gone after this season, what if Murphy steps in across from Ryan Kerrigan and plays up to his potential? Suddenly, you have one of the hardest working, high-motor pass-rusher tandems in the NFL.
But even with some convincing, Sporting News isn't the type to budge: "For a marquee team, it was a meh draft."
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