ASHBURN, Va. -- The easy part is looking at the Washington Redskins' draft and scratching your head. Or at least wondering if they got good value with any of these picks.
It's why I debated giving them a thumbs down and, perhaps, I should have. The problem is, I like that they addressed the pass rush. They took the guy they felt -- not what anyone else felt -- was the best pass rusher left on the board in Trent Murphy.
I like that they drafted Morgan Moses in the third round instead of the second. And I like that they added a third draft choice. The problem is, their last pick of the night, Spencer Long, is coming off torn ligaments and the reports on him were mixed. Some liked him; others did not. Some projected him in Rounds 3 and 4; others thought maybe a little later. Who's right? No idea.
So it depends on who you listen to as to whether he was a bad pick or a reach. But the Redskins needed to address their interior -- as much for the future as for this season. If Long comes through, he could be that guy. If not, he'll be added to the list of young guards who haven't made it in Washington.
ESPN980 reported that the Redskins were hoping running back Tre Mason would have lasted to the 78th pick, especially after running back Charles Sims went earlier. Those would have been interesting picks because they would have provided the backfield a little more pop, something it could use. While Chris Thompson has speed, he's not durable and the Redskins need more than what Roy Helu has provided.
The problem that I have with the Redskins' offseason -- and this is a function of changing regimes -- is that they found it necessary to sign a starting guard in free agency, add a veteran backup (who can also play center) and then draft one. All with three young guards on the roster. Perhaps one of those three eventually bumps Chris Chester from the lineup. If not, that's a lot of time invested on nothing.
But the first two picks are the most intriguing. Murphy's another guy that some will love and others will not, at least at 47. Regardless, the Redskins added a player who should help their pass rush. A year ago they tried to bring extra heat with Darryl Tapp, more of a run-stopper, and Brandon Jenkins, an unrefined rookie. It didn't work. There was no real threat outside of Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan.
Now the Redskins might -- and I stress might -- have options in the rush. They have Orakpo and Kerrigan. They have Jason Hatcher inside. And they have Murphy's versatility. He doesn't have to be The Guy here; he just has to play off three other solid pass rushers. If he can, then the Redskins will add another dimension to their defense.
Had the Redskins selected Moses high in the second, it would have been a bad pick in my mind -- though not in others. His play was too inconsistent to warrant such a selection, but in the third? Good value. Now he just has to clean up his game and develop.