“Washington, stand up!” London Fletcher said before he announced Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy as the Redskins’ second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Redskins selected Murphy No. 47 overall after making a trade with the Cowboys. Washington sent its original second-round pick (No. 33 overall) to Dallas for the 47th pick and the Cowboys’ third-round pick (No. 78 overall).
Washington is in need of serious help along the offensive line, so the Murphy selection was somewhat surprising. The Bills took former DeMatha and Alabama star tackle Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 44, but U-Va. tackle Morgan Moses — the preferred pick of the Redskins fan in the video above, evidently — was available.
“They gotta get some steak on this football team,” Trent Dilfer said of the Redskins before the draft. “They’ve got a whole lot of sizzle; they don’t have a whole lot of steak. When you look at the Washington Redskins, when you study their tape, it’s very simple. It jumps out at you. Offensive football is about creating space, defensive football is about taking your space away. The Redskins do it with scheme on both sides of the ball. They don’t do it with force and power. They don’t have the bigs on either side of the line of scrimmage. If they’re going to contend in this division, if they’re going to be relevant, they need steak — guys that can create space and take away your space with power.”
The Redskins may have found some defensive steak in the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Murphy, who wrestled steers growing up.
With more than an acre and a half of land, [Murphy’s parents] began buying horses. They eventually owned eight, in addition to their four dogs. The family also built a rodeo arena on their property, and Trent joined his father in team-roping competitions. When Trent wanted to impress visiting friends, he’d wrestle the steer calf that he and Jerry used for roping, which weighed more than 400 pounds.
“You’re running full speed [on a horse] at the steer, and you drop onto the steer’s head, place one hand under the jaw, one under the horn, twist his head to stop his momentum, and he falls onto his back,” said Trent. “It’s definitely a dangerous, dangerous sport.”
The family had a steer calf that Trent played with. “He was friendly, he wasn’t afraid of you,” he said. While on a break from Stanford during his freshman year, he jumped into the pen to play with the steer, now fully grown. He admits, “It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do,” especially since he was recovering from surgery for a sports hernia.
“I grabbed his horns, and he started getting playful,” he said. “Then he started getting territorial. We got into this pushing match where I’m grabbing its horns, and it’s trying to drive me back and probably run me over. I gave it a tug back, and it went up on his hind legs. I just turned around and booked it and went over the fence.”