The Washington Post

Redskins add pass rusher in Stanford OLB Trent Murphy

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.

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 19: Trent Murphy #93 of the Stanford Cardinal stands on the field during their game against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Trent Murphy The Redskins’ took Stanford’s Trent Murphy with their first pick of the NFL draft (No. 47 overall). (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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.

Click here for more NFL draft coverage from The Insider.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Be a man and cry
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
Play Videos
Drawing as an act of defiance
A flood of refugees from Syria but only a trickle to America
Chicago's tacos, four ways
Play Videos
What you need to know about filming the police
What you need to know about trans fats
Syrian refugee: 'I’m committed to the power of music'
Play Videos
Riding the X2 with D.C.'s most famous rapper
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Europe's migrant crisis, explained
Next Story
Mike Jones · May 9, 2014