Second-round pick Trent Murphy signs with Redskins

Second-round pick Trent Murphy signs with Redskins
May 23, 2014, 9:30 am
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The Redskins have signed second round draft pick Trent Murphy, the team announced on Friday.

With Murphy in the fold, Washington has now completed deals with all but one of their eight draft picks. Only tackle Morgan Moses remains unsigned.

Murphy, the 47th overall pick, led the nation in sacks last season with 15. The Stanford product also made a positive impression on Coach Jay Gruden during last weekend’s rookie minicamp in Ashburn.

“The knock on him is maybe he’s not the greatest athlete,” Gruden said of Murphy, who is listed at 6 foot 5, 258 pounds. But “he’s great off the snap, and if you have quickness off the snap and you have great length, you make up for a lot of your speed deficiency, so to speak.”

Gruden added: “He’s got a wide variety of [pass rush] moves and Coach [Brian] Baker is only going to make him better. …We’re happy with that pick, no doubt.”

Murphy figures to compete for playing time as a reserve behind starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan next season.

The Redskins also signed free agent wide receiver Rashad Ross and cut wide receiver Kofi Hughes. Hughes, out of Indiana, was among the first college free agents the Redskins signed earlier this month.

Ross, meantime, spent parts 2013 season on the practice squads of the Titans and Chiefs. The Arizona State product is listed at 6 foot, 181-pounds.

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