Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy. Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins Draft - Was Trent Murphy the right pick?

Round 2, pick #47 – Trent Murphy OLB – 6’5, 250lbs.

The Redskins started day two as the second team up with pick #34 but we traded with our old friends, the Dallas Cowboys, dropping 13 spots but picking up a third rounder.  Now Murphy wasn’t one of the players I was so familiar with but a little research, it appeared he was a bit of a reach.

Murphy was rated as the seventh best outside linebacker on NFL.com, and at #80 overall on CBS, and may have been available at the top of the third.  But what’s most disappointing was who we could have had at that pick.  In my opinion, the three main areas we need to address were offensive right tackle, defensive tackle (a true 3-4 nose, of the space eater variety), and inside linebacker.

Staying at #34, we could (and should) have drafted Cyrus Kouandjio to shore up that widely recognized weakness at right tackle. The 6’7”, 322lb monster from Alabama eventually went at pick #44, just when I thought maybe we were geniuses, dropping 13 places and still getting our starting tackle.

Staying at #34, we could also have drafted any of three DTs projected to go in the first round; Ra’Shede Hageman, the DT from Minnesota, 331lb Louis Nix who fell to the third round, and Tim Jernigan who was drafted by the Ravens, the pick after we took Murphy.

I’m not knocking Murphy as a player, I’m sure he is very talented and hopefully will do a great job for us but I didn’t see OLB (where he would have to play in a 3-4) as a need position this year, and he is likely to play behind Orakpo, Kerrigan and Jackson. His size may give us some flexibility of adding to our pass rush on passing downs, allowing us to play three or four of those mentioned.

 

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