With the 66th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected offensive tackle Morgan Moses out of the University of Virginia. Offensive line was a huge need for the Redskins after giving up 43 sacks last year. The running game has never been the problem for Washington's offense. They were ranked in the top five in their last two seasons. In order to protect their franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, the Redskins decided to take Moses in the third round.
Here is what head coach Jay Gruden likes about his new offensive lineman:
"We like Morgan. He's long. He's a big kid," Gruden said. "He's played a lot of football. He's played both the left side and the right side in his career. He's got major upside. He's young, he's talented, like I said. A chance to get a guy with that type of length is very hard to pass up, so we're fortunate to have Morgan and we feel like he has a bright future in pro football." (Credit: The Washington Post)
Morgan has NFL-size, standing at 6'6" and 314 pounds. He has long arms that have been compared to vines and has made 43 career starts. He is also a native of Virginia, growing up in Richmond and Charlottesville, while also attending Fork Union Military Academy in 2009. Gruden likes his offensive linemen with big size that can push defenders out of the way in the running game. However, Moses does have his weaknesses. He ran the slowest 10-yard split at the combine and is not very quick with his feet. His quickness may not transfer smoothly to the NFL, but Gruden said that he can be coached to get better.
"I think he has a lot of room to develop, I really do," Gruden said. "He can develop some foot quickness, but the one thing you can't coach is his length and size, and then you throw a little work ethic in there that he is going to get better every day and when he starts, when he plays will be to be determined, but we are excited to work with a young , big, athletic kid like Morgan."
Some draft experts say that Moses is a developmental project at offensive tackle, but Gruden sounds like he is willing to work with him to make him better. During training camp, he will be competing with veteran Tyler Polumbus for that starting right tackle spot that is critical for Washington's pass protection. What made the Redskins decide to pick him was his performance at the Senior Bowl. During the game, Moses showed both great pass protection and run blocking. His work ethic is also a great plus. When Moses enrolled at Virginia, he weighed in at 350 pounds. He was able to shed down to 314 for the NFL Combine. For fun and laughs, Moses' beard has its own Twitter account. You can follow Moses @MORGANMOSES_78, but you can also follow Big Moe's Beard @NourishTheBeard. For more information on what Jay Gruden had to say about Moses and his other eight draft picks, click here to go to The Washington Post website.Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Football, Jay Gruden, Morgan Moses, NFL, Virginia, Washington, Washington Redskins