After accomplishing their goal of picking up an additional pick by trading down from the second selection of the NFL draft’s second round, the Washington Redskins made a move to bolster their pass rush by selecting Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy.
The Redskins used the 47th pick of the draft take Murphy, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Mesa, Ariz.
Murphy is described as a lean, powerful pass rusher with good hands and a strong motor. During his four-year career at Stanford, Murphy tallied 32.5 sacks — 25 in the past two seasons, including 15 in 2013.
It’s unclear how the Redskins envision fitting Murphy into their rotation. The team has Pro Bowl bookends Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, who start on the right and left edges, respectively. However, Orakpo is playing on a one-year franchise-player deal, and Kerrigan will be a free agent following the 2015 season. The Redskins also lack depth at the outside linebacker position.
“I’m not entirely sure what position and their plans schematically and how they’re going to use me,” Murphy said while on teleconference Friday night. “But just as a rookie, coming in, [my goal is] just to find a roles as a team, and a contributing role at that and finding my way onto the field.”
Washington held the 34th pick of the draft but traded that to Dallas for the 47th pick and the 78th pick. They also have the 66th pick of the draft remaining on Friday.