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Need to Know: The last 5 players taken in Trent Murphy’s draft slot

May 19, 2014, 5:02 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 19, eight days before the start of OTAs.

Nickel coverage

So what kind of potential does Trent Murphy, taken by the Redskins with the 47th pick in the draft, have? We really don’t know but we can perhaps get some indication by looking at the previous five players drafted 47th overall:

2013—TE Gavin Escobar, Cowboys: He didn’t do much last year, playing in all 16 games but starting just one. Escobar had nine receptions for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, many view him as a potential replacement for Jason Whitten, who may become a Cowboys cap casualty in 2015.

2012—LB Bobby Wagner, Seahawks: I think the Redskins would be pretty happy if Murphy turned out to be as good as Wagner. He’s been the starter pretty much from the beginning and he’s racked up 174 tackles, seven sacks, and five interceptions.

2011—TE Lance Kendricks, Rams: He has been the starter most of the time he has been there but his numbers are underwhelming. In 46 games Kendricks has 102 receptions for 1,129 yards and eight touchdowns.

2010—LB Daryl Washington, Cardinals—Here’s another linebacker whose production the Redskins would love for Murphy to emulate. In 59 games Washington has 325 tackles, 18 sacks, and six interceptions. He went to the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season.

2009—S Michael Mitchell, Raiders—This is an example of a player who took a little while to develop. After starting just nine games in three seasons in Oakland, the Raiders let Mitchell walk without putting up much of a fight. The Panthers signed him and he became their starter and a solid performer with four interceptions and four sacks (both exceeded his totals in four years in Oakland). He got the attention of the Redskins, who targeted him in free agency, but he ended up signing with the Steelers.

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Timeline

—Former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was born on this date in 1975.

—It’s been 141 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 111 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: OTAs 8; Training camp starts 65; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 80

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  1. shermanp79 - May 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    He has the motor and work ethic, if his athleticism can approach them he could be really productive. If Jenkins can step up, the skins probably don’t franchise Rak again. It will be interesting to see how much buzz he creates in camp. I hope Jenkins steps up and brings some buzz around camp too. We need some of the Drafts to pan out

  2. firesnyder - May 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Please don’t say “he has a motor” again. Most over-used expression for non-dominant linebackers. We have no choice but to wait and see on Murphy.

    • Rich Tandler - May 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      I get what you’re saying. But there are maybe six or eight “dominant” linebackers in the NFL. Not every team can have one. You can do worse than having a guy who “has a motor”.

    • rhinochaserdesign - May 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      yes, I agree. No more ‘he has a motor.’

      But, man. That Trent Murphy is just one of those tenacious guys. He just won’t quit. And plays each play, all the way through. He’s a guy with plenty of endurance. It’s a good thing the refs have whistles. Because Trent is like the Energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going and going. Just does not run out of batteries.

    • shermanp79 - May 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      It may be but those two traits help guys overachieve. The lack of them in more talented players allow them to underachieve. Murphy has talent but not the speed of the top guys. That motor is what will raise his level of production. They talk about speed and quickness but from the first rated to the 5th or 10th isn’t that great, that’s how effort closes the gap. Look at Allen in Minn(now elsewhere), go read his Draft ranking and review. He is a motor and worker guy. So it is very important, now at the same time you have to have some ability.

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