The Washington Redskins selected Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy with the 47th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft. I felt that outside linebacker was a possibility, but I was thinking more along the lines of a Dee Ford who went in the first round or a guy like BYU’s Kyle Van Noy, who I had rated well above Murphy. However, Murphy is a very good player.
This is not a pick where the Redskins expect Trent Murphy to step right in and start. They already have two very good starting outside linebackers in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins just exercised their fifth year option on Kerrigan, and they used the franchise tag on Orakpo. So this pick tells me that one of those guys won’t be a Redskin for much longer.
But Murphy is a very good pass rusher, and he has a tremendous motor. He’s similar to Kerrigan, except that Kerrigan came into the NFL with more of a solid muscular build than Murphy. Murphy is still a little raw, and will need to bulk up some in order to consistently take on NFL offensive linemen.
I think the Redskins had bigger needs to address, especially offensive tackle and defensive line, so this lowers the grade some in that they didn’t really address a need with this pick. However, the area of the draft they chose Murphy is about right where he was expected to go, so they got good value for him.
But since Murphy won’t be expected to start it remains to be seen at this point how Murphy is going to help the Redskins in 2014. So ultimately I can’t give them too high of a grade for this pick. But the grade may improve in future years.