Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 13, three days before the Redskins’ hold their rookie minicamp.
Here are five final thoughts on the 2014 NFL Draft (just don’t hold me to the “final” part).
—The selection of Trent Murphy was all about leverage in 2015. Rewind to the owners meetings when Gruden said that he would be fine with letting Brian Orakpo play out the season on the franchise tag. “At the time we did it we weren’t sure who would be available” in free agency. In other words, if they had an alternative they might not have tagged Orakpo. Enter Trent “Alternative” Murphy. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
—“Tough, high-character guys, high motor guy are what you want to add to your football team and we feel like we’ve done a good job,” said Gruden about the team’s top three draft picks. But that description fits almost the whole group. We’ve heard the Redskins called a talented team. But have you ever heard someone say that they are the toughest group you’ll face all year, won’t quit, will scrap and fight until the clock reads 0:00? Anyone? Didn’t think so. This is something that they are trying to change.
—The selection of a kicker always draws some snickers and that’s understandable. But while I have no particular inclination to run Kai Forbath out of town, the 2013 numbers are what they are—24th in field goal percentage, 30th in touchbacks, and 32nd in net kickoff average. That performance warrants a strong challenge and if you have to burn your second 7th-round pick to do so I can’t work up much disagreement with it.
—It will be interesting to compare the career tracks of Cyrus Kouandjio and Morgan Moses over the next few years. Kouandjio, the offensive tackle out of Alabama, was gone before the Redskins actually picked, taken by the Bills just a couple of selections before Washington took Murphy with the second-round pick they acquired from Dallas. I always thought that Kouandjio would be the better player if his knee stayed stable and perhaps the better way to proceed would have been to keep the 34th pick, take Kouandjio, and then perhaps Murphy at 66. According to reports he was off of the Redskins’ board due to the knee so it wasn’t going to happen. But teams are sometimes wrong about medicals, we’ll see how it plays out.
—Since it’s never too early to look ahead, the Redskins finally have a first-round pick in 2015. They have all of their own picks so one selection each in rounds 1-7. Washington is unlikely to get any compensatory picks since more free agents were signed than lost.
—It’s been 135 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 117 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Rookie minicamp 3; Training camp starts 71; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 86
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