Trent Murphy wrestles steer and other Washington Redskins draft picks' intangibles


Over the last four months, I’ve analyzed potential draftees at every position. I’ve broken down their “measurables,” looked at how they might fit in with the Redskins, and evaluated Washington’s need at each spot on the field. With the draft over, I sized up each of the Redskins’ picks and delivered an overall draft grade

At a certain point, that kind of work becomes information overload. Either these guys are going to be able to play at the NFL level or they won’t. We’ve probably discovered just about everything we can about these players without seeing them in action against professional competition.

With that in mind, I thought I would shift gears this week and try to use my unmatched internet searching skills (honed by years of singledom) to unearth a random, fun fact about each of Washington’s draftees. Here goes:

#47 (Second Round): Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford: Has a background in steer wrestling. “Steer are a little smaller than what you think,” Murphy once said. “Only about 500 or 600 pounds.” Yikes.

#66 (Third Round): Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: Moses having a Twitter account is nothing remarkable. But the fact that his beard has its own account might be. And now I have to live with the fact that Morgan Moses’ facial hair has more followers than I do.

#78 (Third Round): Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska: The son of a neurosurgeon (and a former Husker), Long was pre-med at Nebraska and earned academic All-Big Ten honors three years in a row.

#102 (Fourth Round): Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson: In a couple of different interviews early in 2014, Breeland shared that he was preparing for the draft by training with someone with the unlikely name of “Tony Baloney.” Presumably, this wasn’t an attempt at humor.

#142 (Fifth Round): Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane: He’s a graduate of West Brook Senior High School, which boasts a disproportionate number of NFL alumni. This includes Jerry Ball, Frank Middleton, and new Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael.

#186 (Sixth Round): Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: His first name is pronounced “Lake.” He is no relation to Otis Sistrunk. Not that there’s any reason he would be.

#217 (Seventh Round): Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana: At least as of October 13th, was in the market for a scooter.

#228 (Seventh Round): Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas: Incredibly, the Redskins’ final draft pick has more Twitter followers than the Redskins’ top two draft picks combined. There’s also a parody Twitter account, and a second parody Twitter account that was created by someone who wasn’t satisfied by the performance of the guy who started the first one! Gotta love SEC fans.

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