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Need to Know: Gruden speaks about the Redskins’ draft picks

May 20, 2014, 5:46 AM EDT

Trent Murphy leaping

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 20, seven days before the start of OTAs.

Nickel coverage

Jay Gruden gave a thumbnail evaluations of his team’s draft picks during rookie minicamp last weekend. Here are five of his comments.

G Spencer Long—“He did a great job. From the first day to the fourth day of practice, you can see how effective he’s going to be – how smart he is No 1, [and] how physical he can be . . . He’s going to be competitive right away.”

K Zach Hocker—“He is going to come in here and compete. We have a good field-goal kicker here [in Kai Forbath], but the ability he has with that strong leg is an added dimension for kick-offs, and touchbacks are very, very important. We will see moving forward.”

CB Bashaud Breeland—“But when he’s at the line of scrimmage, one of his strengths is playing bump and run. He’s got the long arms. He’s very physical. That’s his strength. We’ve just got to make sure he just watches the holding and all that, but I’m very impressed with the way he handled the mental aspect of the game, the coverages and also the physical obviously with his technique.”

OLB Trent Murphy—“You know, the knock on him is maybe he’s not the greatest athlete, but I see a guy who, as far as the defensive end and outside backers are concerned, ran as good or even better short shuttle as anybody. The long shuttle he ran as good or even better as everybody else. He’s great off the snap and if you have quickness off the snap and you have great length, you make up for a lot of your speed deficiency so to speak.”

RB Lache Seastrunk—“Baylor has one of the greatest offenses in college football, but they didn’t do anything as far as protections and routing running. He didn’t catch any balls, like I said, so the major reach for him was going to be picking up blitzes and running routes out of the backfield. It’s brand new to him.”

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—It’s been 142 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 110 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: OTAs 7; Training camp starts 64; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 79

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  1. rufustfireflyjr - May 20, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Three takeaways from this:

    Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden are two VERY different coaches. We rarely heard Shanny’s opinions on how the draft choices did after the first minicamp, certainly not to this extent.

    Long is going to compete for a starting position this season, and could very well be starting in place of Chester on opening day.

    If I was Kai Forbath, I wouldn’t make any long term financial committments. Gruden obviously values distance on kickoffs, an area that Cobra Kai struggles in, and teams don’t like to cut their draft choices in the first year, even 7th rounders like Hooker (which, by the way, is a really bad name for kickers and professional golfers).

    • Rich Tandler - May 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      The kicker’s name is Hocker so he has nothing to worry about.

      In the ’70’s the Browns had a receiver named Fair Hooker. I’ll let that speak for itself.

    • internetcareer - May 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Well regarding most of the roster…it goes back to what Rich Tandler said last week about “the OTHER guys draft picks”. Any new coach would rather have his own picks on the team. Outside of Superstars like RG3 or Morris or Garcon and TRENT Williams….most of the average to good players can look to be replace.

      We see this in Orakpo. Although a good player…he has not demonstrated the Ability to be great and he has never sacked Tony Romo. So in Gruden’s eyes and Allen’s…why give him a special contract. Rak will be allowed to leave UNLESS he gets double digit sacks and makes some important plays int he division battles.

      You are right about Gruden and Shanny being VERY different coaches….because they have VERY different personalities. One is open and honest and a people person… and one is secretive and doesn’t trust anybody.

  2. bowlregard - May 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Fair Hooker is one of the NFL’s great names. The best QB name I think was Chuck Long.

  3. kenlinkins - May 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Sometimes I just do not understand Redskins fans. Trent Murphy has had only 3 days with the Redskins logo on his helmet and we have Redskins fans saying anything from he was the worst draft pick in 40 years to he will replace a Pro Bowl OLB in game one. Redskins fans are making a mistake comparing him to Orakpo (13th guy taken in 2009 draft) just because the Redskins have a future problem working out Orakpo’s contract does not mean that Trent Murphy is going to replace him. It is not Murphy’s fault the Redskins are in that position, IMO we Redskins fans should wait and see just what kind of player GM Allen and Coach Gruden drafted with the 47th pick. Remember, the Redskins added a 3rd round pick by moving back, so Murphy was not the 34th pick. Some dislike the “high motor” tag as some kind of slap at Orakpo or a way to cover Murphy’s lack of speed, I do not believe it is. IMO it is a way to define a player who does not quit, in short, a gamer. GM Allen and Coach Gruden seem to have a plan, and while I could try to shot holes into the plan, they would be from the stand point of “I really do not know as much about the NFL as the GM/Head coach” (I will leave that to guys like Rich who see these guy every day). With that said, I plan to wait and see just what happens in the next few months and hope the Redskins got it right. After going 3-13 I do not see how they could get it much more wrong then 2013. So far, it feels like the new Head Coach is doing it right, and I like what I see. Time will tell, but I still do not understand many Redskins fans.

    • ET - May 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      To be fair, there’s a lot of moanin’, groanin’, and armchair quarterbackin’ among other team’s fans as well. It’s hardly unique to the Skins.

      The NFL draft has made the issue worse. Lots of data and lots of hype—but very few who’ve sat through the tape! (Including me.)

      • kenlinkins - May 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        ET, That’s a fair assessment, maybe it is not just Redskins fans but fans in general.

    • buztones - May 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      We’ll played. I like what I have seen from the Alllen/Gruden regime so far. Nothing fancy just solid football management at work. Time will tell Archives

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