Friday, May 9, 2014
Redskins pick Trent Murphy in 2nd
By John Keim
The pick: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
My take: The Redskins needed help at a few areas and perhaps pass-rusher was not high on the fans' lists. But it was on the coaches' -- and it was on mine. The Redskins did not solve their pass-rush problems just by signing Jason Hatcher. Now Murphy gives the Redskins another pass-rusher to complement fellow outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. The Redskins played nickel coverages about 70 percent of the time last season, so there will be opportunities to use all three.
The Redskins had hoped to use certain sets with extra outside linebackers on the field a year ago, but then-rookie Brandon Jenkins was rarely active. They can use two of these three linebackers on the same side, providing a different look and problems for the line. Murphy plays with an attitude that should work well with these players. Washington's pass rush has struggled the past two years and now it has more depth than it has had in a while. Also, if the Redskins don't hang on to Orakpo after this season then they have his replacement -- or if they don't want to keep Kerrigan after the 2015 season. It's not a foregone conclusion that this means Orakpo is now on a one-year clock in Washington. But it could be tough to keep all three.
Protecting RG III: In our poll this week, the No. 1 spot fans wanted to address was right tackle with 51 percent of the votes. And the Redskins had a chance to address this position when they were on the board at 34.
But once they traded down I figured they were going for defense (and a pass-rusher). The one choice I liked in that round was Nevada's Joel Bitonio because if he couldn't play tackle he could slide inside to guard and be a stud. I wasn't a fan of Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandjio's knees were too much of a concern for Washington.
The Redskins did pick up an extra third-round choice in the trade and the draft is deep at right tackle. So there’s a chance they can pick one up later Friday. If so, that player would be unlikely to provide immediate help but would become the right tackle of the future.
What's next: The Redskins have two picks in the third round -- the 66th and 77th overall. The Redskins need to continue adding youth to their defense, but other positions to watch here include right tackle, tight end or even running back.