Redskins sign six draft picks, Murphy and Moses remain Unsigned (UPDATED)

UPDATE:

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins have signed four more draft picks, as well as the below posted story on Long and Seastrunk.  The Redskisn have inked rookie deals with CB Bashad Breeland, WR Ryan Grant, TE Ted Bolser, and Kicker Zach Hocker.  That leaves Washington’s first two draft picks, second rounder Trent Murphy and third rounder Morgan Moses as the only unsigned draft picks remaining.

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The Washington Redskins have signed two of their 2014 NFL Draft selections.  Redskins announced today that they have signed third round pick Spencer Long and sixth round pick RB Lache Seastrunk.

Long was Washington’s third round draft selection out of Nebraska, the 78th pick overall.  He was one of two draft choices in the first three rounds that added to Washington’s offensive line, joining second round pick OT Morgan Moses.  With new head coach Jay Gruden at the helm, Washington is looking to move to a more beefier line.  The selection of Moses, who is 6’6″ and 335 pounds, and Long, who is 6’5″ and 320 pounds, helps bolster Line size.  Under former head coach Mike Shanahan, the emphasis was on smaller and quicker lineman.  That philosophy has changed under Gruden.

Long fell to Washington in the third round due to injury concerns.  Long suffered a season ending knee injury last season for Nebraska.  The Redskins were clear when they made that selection that Long is expected to be fully recovered and passes a team physical.   He is a big, stocky lineman that most draft experts agree is strong, has a mean streak, and is solid at controlling and moving defenders.  He has to improve on balance and speed.  He enters training camp likely behind starters LG Chris Chester and newly acquired RG Shawn Lauvou.  He could push Chester for a starting role, particularly given his lackluster 2013 season.  Potential losers in the Long selection are Maurice Hurt and Adam Gettis.

Seatrunk was selected in the sixth round out of Baylor.  Gruden confirmed that QB Robert Griffin III texted him urging them to select Seastrunk, who played with Griffin at Baylor.  Griffin and Seastrunk were on the same 2011 Baylor team that won the National Championship, however, the two never played a game together.  Seastrunk was an Oregon transfer and had to sit out the 2011 season.  Seastrunk has some serious speed, posting a 4.37 40 in  an NFL workout and a 4.40 forty at the Combine.  He can be a home run threat that Washington is looking for, as he is known for quick shiftiness a possessing terrific acceleration.   Don’t expect him to turn into a power runner or break a ton of tackles.  He doesn’t have the body size to carry a hefty load.  That’s fine for the Redskins.  They won’t be asking him to do that.  That is the job for RB Alfred Morris.  Potential losers in the Seatrunk addition are Evan Royster, Chris Thompson and Juwan Jamison.  I suspect Roy Helu will secure a roster spot, but Seastrunk could certainly eat into his ball handling opportunities.