After the third round of the NFL draft on Friday, it’s become increasingly clear that Jay Gruden has put an emphasis on beefing up his offensive line.
With the 66th overall pick, the Redskins selected Virginia’s Morgan Moses, an offensive tackle that stands 6 foot 6 and weighs 314 pounds. At 78, the team picked Nebraska’s Spencer Long, a 6 foot 5, 320-pound guard.
It’s not all about size, Gruden said, but a player’s measurables matter more now than in the past.
“They’re big,” Gruden said of Moses and Long. “Size is important. They’ve got some big defensive linemen nowadays now and we want to be able to protect our quarterback the best way we can. But we also want to be athletic and get up to the next level and be able to run the football.”
Gruden added: “It’s been a very successful zone running team here with athletic offensive lineman. But there’s going to come a time when we’re going to have to throw the ball a little bit. We need some size in there and these guys will compete.”
In free agency, the Redskins added two other big guards: Mike McGlynn (6-4, 325) and Shawn Lauvao (6-3, 315). For camparison’s sake, last year’s starting guards, Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester are listed at 6-2, 284 and 6-3, 309, respectively.
Moses, meantime, becomes the second tallest and second heaviest tackle on the team.
“Moving forward, when I got the job here, I wasn’t as disappointed with the offensive line as I read about,” Gruden said. “A lot of people had a lot of things to say about them, but anytime you have a chance to add depth with some big kids like Morgan and Spencer, it can only help add to your depth And down the road, young, good, big offensive lineman are hard to find. When they play for us …has [yet] to be determined, but you can never have too many big guys that can run and block in your room.”