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Press release: Redskins sign six draft picks

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Press release: Redskins sign six draft picks

Courtesy Redskins PR

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed the following 2014 draft picks:

 

ROUND (PICK)                   PLAYER                                           SCHOOL

3 (78)                            G Spencer Long                                  Nebraska

4 (102)                         CB Bashaud Breeland                        Clemson

5 (142)                         WR Ryan Grant                                  Tulane

6 (186)                         RB Lache (Lake) Seastrunk                Baylor

7 (217)                         TE Ted Bolser                                       Indiana

7 (228)                         K Zach Hocker                                   Arkansas

Long (6-5, 320) started in all 33 career games in which he played at Nebraska. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 while helping the Cornhuskers finish third in the conference in rushing yards per game (215.7). As a junior, he earned second team Associated Press All-America honors and first team All-Big Ten honors in 2012, helping Nebraska have 16 100-yard rushing performances during the season.

Long, 23, was born on Nov. 8, 1990, and attended Elkhorn (Neb.) H.S.

Breeland (5-11, 197) started 24 of the 37 career games in which he played at Clemson, helping the Tigers finish with a 30-7 record. He amassed 159 tackles (121 solo), three sacks, 8.5 stops for losses, six interceptions, and 20 passes defensed. As a junior in 2013, Murphy earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Breeland, 22, was born on Jan. 30, 1992. He attended Allendale-Fairfax (Allendale, S.C.) H.S., earning all-state honors after he led the team to a 10-2 record as a senior in 2009.

Grant (6-0, 197) started 31 of the 47 career games in which he played at Tulane, finishing with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, he was an All-Conference USA selection after leading the team in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,039), and receiving touchdowns (nine). He had at least one catch in each of the last 33 games he played and multiple-catch outings in his last 19 contests.

Grant, 23, was born on Dec. 19, 1990. He attended West Brook H.S. in Beaumont, Texas, where he was a first-team all-district selection his senior year after hauling in 42 receptions for 717 yards and seven touchdowns.

Seastrunk (5-9, 210) appeared in 24 games in two seasons at Baylor and amassed 2,189 rushing yards on 289 attempts (7.6 avg.) and added 18 rushing touchdowns. He was a two-time All-Big 12 honoree (2013 & 2012) and set the school and Big Twelve Conference career-records with his 7.57 yards per carry average (minimum 200 attempts). Seastrunk transferred from Oregon prior to the 2011 season.

Seastrunk, 22, was born on July 29, 1991. He attended Temple (Texas) H.S., finishing as the school’s all-time leader for touchdowns (52) scored and rushing yards (4,217). He was named to the U.S. Army All-America and USA Today All-USA teams as a senior in 2009.

Bolser (6-5, 257) appeared in 48 games with 37 starts at Indiana, finishing as the school’s all-time tight ends leader with 117 receptions, 1,337 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. In 2013, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Bolser, 23, was born on Oct. 22, 1990, and attended Indian Hill H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hocker (6-0, 189) is Arkansas’ career leader in points scored (354). In 2013, he played in all 12 games and went 13 for 15 on field goal attempts, including a career-long 54-yarder vs. Mississippi State.

Hocker, 22, was born on Aug. 23, 1991, and attended Russellville (Ark.) H.S. where he earned all-state honors in 2009.

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Trent Williams promises that the best has yet to come from him

Trent Williams promises that the best has yet to come from him

If you took 100 random NFL fans and asked them to name the best player in the league, there's a very strong chance none of the 100 would say Trent Williams, the Redskins left tackle who clears paths like a snowplow. But according to an in-depth ranking system published a few weeks ago from Bleacher Report, Williams is in fact the correct answer.

The system, called NFL1000, is supposed to "bring exposure" to players who aren't as appreciated as they should be, and in the eyes of the analysts who built the rankings, no one should be appreciated more than Williams, who beat out Tyron Smith and Aaron Rodgers for the top spot. But that's still not the peak of his performance, the lineman says.

No. 71 apparently just got a hold of the NFL1000 list, and in a Wednesday Instagram post that featured it, he said his "best is yet to be seen." Sorry, opposing pass rushers.

In addition to that accolade from Bleacher Report, Pro Football Focus chose Williams as their highest-rated offensive lineman, and the Professional Football Writers of America assigned him to their All-NFC team. It wasn't a perfect year for the Pro Bowler, however, as he was suspended for four games during a critical stretch in the season's second half (the Redskins were 2-2 without him).

Nevertheless, because an offensive lineman is often doing his job best when you aren't hearing his name called, it can be easy to take someone like Williams for granted. These types of awards, though, show the 28-year-old's value — value that he says will continue to climb in 2017. 

MORE REDSKINS: SETTING THE ODDS ON WHAT THE 'SKINS WILL DO WITH COUSINS

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Need to Know: The early odds on what happens with Redskins and Cousins

Need to Know: The early odds on what happens with Redskins and Cousins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 19, 98 days before the NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 42
NFL free agency starts 50
First Sunday of 2017 season 235

The coordinator search and more

As noted above, we have 42 days until the deadline for the Redskins to put the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins. The immediate future of the franchise is contingent this situation being handled correctly by the organization. It’s time to turn the attention and the $100 in imaginary casino chips towards what might happen with Cousins as the process unfold. We will revisit this from time to time as the various deadlines approach so consider this the early odds.

Sign before the tag deadline, $5—This seems unlikely after his rather cold response to my question immediately following the season-ending loss to the Giants when he said, “The ball’s not in my court.” He indicated that it’s up to the Redskins to tag him. It doesn’t look like he and his agent will have much of an inclination to sit down to any serious negotiations before that happens.

Let him go into free agency, $5—Yes, I know that this is out there but it makes no sense to take the chance of the possibility that he could walk with zero compensation. While there might be some logic in finding out what Cousins would be worth in a true free market in order to establish the basis for a fair contract the risk of behind left empty-handed is just too great.

Tag and trade, $20—This also has been discussed by various media types as a possibility. It would involve giving Cousins the non-exclusive franchise tag, which would let him go out and negotiate a deal with another team. The Redskins could then match that offer or choose to get compensation. The CBA calls for compensation of two first-round picks although the two teams may negotiate something less. The most frequently suggested trade partner is the 49ers and their soon-to-be head coach Kyle Shanahan but there are probably around half a dozen teams, maybe more, who could be interested. If the Redskins don’t think they will ever sign Cousins long term this could be the way to go.

Tag and sign by July 15 deadline, $30—This may be a little low for this possibility. Perhaps if the other options are off the table he will consider that he is a perfect match for Jay Gruden’s offense and that he might not be such a good fit elsewhere. There also is the possibility of injury or, for whatever reason, Cousins having a subpar season. Those thoughts could spur him to instruct his agent to get the best deal he can get in Washington.

Tag and play the season on the tag, $40—Right now, this appears to be the mostly likely scenario. They can afford the $24 million cap hit and it would get them one more year of his services. However, the prospects for him remaining in a Redskins uniform for 2018 and beyond would be very cloudy.

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