The Washington NFL franchise didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. That pick belonged to the St. Louis Rams, who received Washington’s first round picks in 2013 and 2014 after trading its second overall pick in 2012 to Washington so that they could acquire Robert Griffin III. But that didn’t stop Washington from leaving the draft with depth on both sides of the football.
Washington’s first pick didn’t come until the second round, when they took Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy. The pick adds depth to Washington’s pass-rush rotation, joining veterans Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.
Washington general manager Bruce Allen and new head coach Jay Gruden then used their next two picks in the third round to beef up the offensive line, drafting Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses at pick No. 66 and Nebraska guard Spencer Long at pick No. 78. The 6-foot-6, 313-pound Moses will pair with Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams at right tackle to help protect RGIII from outside rushers. Long will compete for an interior line position, an area at which Washington struggled at last season.
Washington used its fourth pick to add more depth to the secondary, drafting Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland, then shifted its focus to offense, drafting Tulane receiver Ryan Grant in the fifth round, Baylor running back Lache Seatrunk in the sixth round and Indiana tight end Ted Bosler in the seventh round.
“We addressed some positions that we needed to address and got some depth,” said Gruden. “We got some good solid character guys and some good solid football players.”