What they said about the Redskins’ draft

May 13
Redskins beat writer Mike Jones gives his take on Washington’s draft haul and whether any of the players can make an impact on the team this season. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)

The Insider’s sampling of what folks outside The Post are writing about the Redskins:

It was the draft, so naturally everyone had opinions about it. Post writers have shared their draft grades, given analysis on video (Mike Jones, above) and introduced us to Trent Murphy’s dad. In case that isn’t enough, here are some of the things other writers said about Washington’s haul.

Not everybody was a fan of the C+ Mark Maske gave the Redskins, but he wasn’t alone.

Mel Kiper Jr. graded the Redskins a C+, and ESPN colleague John Keim takes issue with some of his observations, but ultimately backs the grade:

Kiper gave the Redskins a C-plus, which was lower than 23 other teams – including all three NFC East foes. I don’t have a problem with the grade and it’s the highest you can go at this point; it suggests there are some intriguing picks yet no one you’re sold on or some spots left unaddressed. Certainly, other analysts could hit them harder. But the real grade that matters on this class won’t be handed out for another three years.

● NESN’s Doug Kyed also thought the Redskins had the worst draft in the NFC East, giving it a C+:

The Redskins traded their first-round selection in 2012 as part of the deal that brought Robert Griffin III to Washington. With many great players still on the board, the Redskins likely could have done better than Murphy, who appears to have a limited ceiling in the NFL. Moses was one of the best values in the draft as a third-round pick.

● Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar liked the draft a bit more, going with B+:

The Redskins were left without a first-round pick yet again as a consequence of the Robert Griffin III trade, but recovered decently in the second round by selecting Trent Murphy, a seriously strong defender with amazing potential. They reinforced the offensive line with Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses and Nebraska mauling guard Spencer Long, both in the third round, and got a very interesting sleeper in the person of Baylor back Lache Seastrunk, who could replace Roy Helu as the team’s satellite runner. Given their handicap up top, not bad at all.

CSN’s Rich Tandler gave the draft a B- overall, but graded it for strategy and talent/fit as well.

 In the lead up to the draft, the Redskins let it be known that they were looking for hard-working, hungry, overachieving players who love playing the game more than they love what the game can get for them. And an ability to play special teams was a major resume enhancer as well. The players they picked fit the criteria. Not all of them precisely fit, of course, but well enough to where you can say that the draft class has a reasonable chance of developing into a successful group.

● Forty-five percent of Hogs Haven readers gave the draft a B, with another 36% going C.

● Bleacher Report’s Shae Cronin aggregated a few more Redskins draft grades.

● The Washington Times’s Thom Loverro puts this year’s draft squarely on Scott Campbell and company.

● Grantland’s Bill Barnwell rated the Dallas-Washington deal one of the five worst trades of the draft:

I actually thought the Cowboys had a very good draft, but they can’t afford to be giving up picks with such a thin roster. Players like James Jones and Louis Vasquez have come off the board 78th in recent years. Dallas moved up to grab pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence, while Washington curiously used the 47th pick on Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy, whose most obvious role in Washington’s scheme is as a backup behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan at the team’s most stacked position. Even when Washington wins, it loses.

● Fox Sports’s Mike Garafalo liked the Redskins’ pick of Murphy, even though Washington waited a while and passed on Cyrus Kouandjio. Check out a few Murphy highlights as well:

Have a question about the Redskins? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

From The Post:

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