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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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Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Plenty of Redskins fans wanted the team to interview Rex Ryan for defensive coordinator.

Well, a report shows they aren't talking to Rex, but instead, his brother Rob, according to Albert Breer of MMQB

Rex Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is very impressive.

Rob Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is, uh, less impressive. 

In 12 seasons as a coordinator, first in Oakland and then with Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans, Rob Ryan has two Top 5 finishes in yards allowed. He also has finished 31st out of 32 teams in the league in yards allowed three times.

Below is a chart from Pro Football Reference showing his defensive ranks from 2004 when he became coordinator in Oakland all the way through his last job as a coordinator in New Orleans in 2015.

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The results aren't pretty.

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It should be noted that in 2016, Rob Ryan served as assistant head coach in Buffalo on his brother Rex's staff.

That team's defense finished 19th in yards allowed. 

Gus Bradley and Mike Pettine have interviewed with the Redskins for their vacant defensive coordinator opening.

Washington is also reported to have reached out to Wade Phillips, who took the same position with the Rams, and Steve Wilks, who took the same position with the Carolina Panthers. Internally, outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky also seems to be under some consideration for the position, and a report last week linked former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula with the Washington defense.

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Award Tour: Tandler & JP name Redskins' Defensive Player of the Year

Award Tour: Tandler & JP name Redskins' Defensive Player of the Year

With the 2017 offseason about to kick into high gear, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are going to take one last look at 2016 in the coming days.

That’s right, it’s time to hand out awards for Coach of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

We’ve picked our top coaches and the Special Teams POY. Today we select the Defensive Player of the Year.

Tandler: This is tough because there were no real standouts on a mediocre unit. Ryan Kerrigan was the only defensive representitive to the Pro Bowl and had 11 sacks but his impact plays were few. You could make a case for Chris Baker, who was the only consistently effective player on the defensive line.

The pick here is Josh Norman.

He also was invisible for long stretches for good reasons. The only quarterback to throw his way more than seven times in the last half of the season was the Bears’ Matt Barkley and Norman made him pay with two interceptions. A Norman pick set up the clincher in the Browns game and he forced a fumble that put the Packers game beyond even an Aaron Rodgers miracle.

Outside of that, he set the tone during the week, staying out a minimum of 30 minutes after every practice, working on his craft.

If the defense can get two or three more players just like Norman they’ll be fine.

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Finlay: Norman is a strong pick, but since Tandler stole that selection from me, I will go with Kerrigan.

I've heard the lack of impact plays argument, and don't agree. His strip-sack to end the Eagles game, a win the reeling Redskins desperately needed, was probably a Top 5 defensive play this season. Without that sack, Philly had all the momentum and a chance to knock the 'Skins out of playoff contention. He also played through a number of injuries, starting every game for the sixth straight season.

Baker's name deserves recognition, as does Trent Murphy. The best part of Murphy's eight sack breakout campaign: Excellence is expected of Norman and Kerrigan. With Kerrigan, the expectations are so high that 11 sacks is almost dismissed by some fans and media. Murphy emerged as a viable sack threat for Washington this season, something that he can build upon next year. 

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