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Draft Chatter: Buyer beware on Morgan Moses?

Draft Chatter: Buyer beware on Morgan Moses?

Offensive tackle Morgan Moses of Virginia has been a popular mock draft pick for the Redskins with the 34th overall pick. But should they steer clear if his name is on the board when they are on the clock?

The Dolphins are in desperate need of offensive linemen. Their offensive coordinator is Bill Lazor, who held the same job at Virginia from 2010-2012. His tenure covered the first three years of Moses’ Virginia career. So, is Lazor lobbying for the Dolphins to take his former tackle?

Apparently not. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins are leaning towards Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio over Moses with their first pick, 19th overall. One of the reasons is that, per a source, “the Dolphins are not as high on Moses with concerns over his work ethic and off-the-field issues”.

Any team looking at Moses would have to be concerned if he gets by the team that employs his former offensive coordinator, especially for those reasons. But it would be foolish to write off Moses as a candidate for the Redskins at No. 34.

For one thing, these “off-the-field issues” are very vague. Moses spent four years in Charlottesville and he was never arrested. He was on track to graduate with a degree in anthropology. Not that you can’t have some issues without getting arrested but it’s hard to see how there were many serious problem involving Moses when he managed to stay out of the newspapers and off of the police blotters.

Work ethic problems certainly are a concern but they are not unusual among young linemen and they are not incurable.

The bottom line is that just because a player who is not a good value for the team drafted with the 19th pick could well be a good value for the team picking 34th. The player the Redskins take there will have some flaws; otherwise, he wouldn’t still be there.

They will need to note the concerns about Moses and do their due diligence in investigating them. But they shouldn’t automatically remove him from their draft board just because Lazor may be giving him a less than ringing endorsement.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - Trent Murphy talks about going home to Arizona

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - Trent Murphy talks about going home to Arizona

Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy is in the middle of a breakout season with 7 sacks, and this weekend, he gets to go home to Arizona and perform in front of family and friends. 

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At least Redskins fans were rewarded for rooting for the Cowboys

At least Redskins fans were rewarded for rooting for the Cowboys

During Thursday night football Redskins fans were put in the uncomfortable position of rooting for a win by the hated Dallas Cowboys. While it was a painful experience for many, there was a payoff at the end.

The Cowboys beat the Vikings 17-15 after stopping a two-point conversion try in the last minute. As has been the case too often around the NFL this year, the game was marred by an apparent officiating error. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was clearly hit in the helmet on the two-point try. Minnesota should have had another shot at the two points to tie but the flag stayed in Tony Corrente’s pocket.

Regardless, the loss dropped the Vikings to 6-6. They were a half game behind the Redskins; Minnesota now the must pick up two full games on Washington to pass them for the second and final NFC wild card spot. The loss didn't eliminate the Vikings as a threat to the Redskins' hold on a playoff spot but it does give Washington some breathing room. 

Going into Sunday’s games, the Buccaneers are the only NFC team at 6-5, a half game behind Washington. They play at San Diego in a game that starts at the same time as the Redskins-Cardinals game. If the Bucs lose, the Redskins could fall to the Cardinals and remain in position as the second wild card. A Redskins win plus a Bucs loss would give the Redskins a game and a half lead and the ability to wrap up the wild card with three wins in their last four games.

Here are the NFC non-division leaders with six wins and their remaining schedules:

Redskins (6-4-1), @Cardinals, @Eagles, Panthers, @Bears, Giants
Bucs (6-5), @Chargers, Saints, @Cowboys, @Saints, Panthers
Vikings (6-6), @Jaguars, Colts, @Packers, Bears

While the Bucs and Vikings are the teams closest to the Redskins, there are several teams hanging around on the fringes. Look for your complete “root for” guide tomorrow in Enemy Intel.