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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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How playing at Alabama may have actually hurt Jonathan Allen's draft stock

How playing at Alabama may have actually hurt Jonathan Allen's draft stock

For the past few seasons, Jonathan Allen was a stud at the heart of Alabama's defense. He was far from the only stud, however, and that might be another factor in why he slipped to the Redskins at pick No. 17 on Thursday night.

The chief concern about Allen is the health of his shoulders, but there's also the question of how he'll do when he's no longer with Nick Saban's star-laden unit. It's easy to succeed when you're a part of a loaded ensemble cast, the thinking might've gone when it came to Allen, but how will you do on your solo project?

In addition to Allen, the Crimson Tide featured Marlon Humphrey (who went 16th to the Ravens), Reuben Foster (who went 31st to the 49ers) and others, like Tim Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson and Ryan Anderson, all of whom could go in Friday's second round. Together, that's a tremendous defense, but in the NFL, they'll be striking out on their own.

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That's another possible explanation for why the Redskins were able to nab what was almost a consensus top-five prospect so late in the event.

"He's a really talented pass rusher but he's always been surrounded by enough talent that it's been hard for offenses to game plan their protection for him," one NFC director of player personnel told NFL.com.

Now, it's not like Allen is joining a bunch of nobodies in Washington. Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Zach Brown will also be lining up with him in Greg Manusky's front-seven. Oh, and Allen is no slouch either — the list of his strengths in this particular scouting report contains words like "superior," "proficient," "consistent" and "excellent."

But it is probably fair to say that, comparatively speaking, the rookie won't be amongst as many skilled guys as he was in college. By rushing to the podium to snag him, however, the Redskins clearly expect him to handle the NFL transition just fine.

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Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon could be out of reach for Redskins per oddsmakers

Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon could be out of reach for Redskins per oddsmakers

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook visited Redskins Park earlier this month. The Redskins did their homework on Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in advance of the draft.

All of that pre-draft work might not matter though as Cook and Mixon will be off the board before the Redskins pick in the second round. At least according to oddsmakers.

Bovada.lv set over/under scenarios for both players. Cook lands at 38.5 and Mixon landed at 42.5.

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Certainly both guys can go past the numbers established by the oddsmakers, but there's a reason drinks are free in Las Vegas. Oddsmakers tend to be very, very close when they set lines.

Considering that, if Washington wants either player, the team would likely have to trade up.

Much speculation has Cook the first player off the board to the Packers with the 33rd pick. It seems like a good fit.

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Mixon is more interesting. His loathsome action a few years back that was caught on video will continue to haunt him, but he will get drafted in the second round. He has the talent.

Bruce Allen has the capital to make a move. The team has nine more picks in the next six rounds. There's also the report that the team is shopping third-year pro Matt Jones.

Could a package of Jones and a late round pick entice a trade? It could.

Much like Thursday night, there will be plenty to watch Friday night.

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