The Washington Redskins picked Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy with pick number 47 in the second round. Obviously, with two very good outside linebacker already in the starting lineup this pick was not meant to bring in an immediate starter. Murphy might be able to step in if an injury occurs, but he will need some time to develop.
But what does this pick really mean? The Redskins may not expect Murphy to start right away, but they will more than likely expect him to become a starter some time in the near future. The Redskins just exercised their fifth year option on Ryan Kerrigan, so he’ll be a Redskin at least through the 2015 season.
Brian Orakpo was designated with the franchise tag by the Redskins this season, and he is still hoping for a long-term deal with the Redskins. But unless Orakpo has a truly dominant season in 2014, it would seem that a long-term deal may not come to fruition. So it seems the Redskins are sending a message to Orakpo and Kerrigan.
Whichever one has the best season in 2014 is the one who gets rewarded with the long-term deal. But if both Orakpo and Kerrigan have big seasons in 2014, that won’t be good news for Trent Murphy. Either way, it seems there will be three hungry outside linebackers this season.