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Morning Manny: Bruce Allen's Draft Class Looks Solid

The latest reflection from Manny Benton reflects on the production from the Redskins' 2014 draft class.

Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m., you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations! 

Bruce Allen's 2014 draft class is looking rather solid: 

In 2014, Redskins team President Bruce Allen served in the General Manager role, um, unshackled for the first time. He hired Jay Gruden that offseason and was the frontman of a draft class that netted the team eight rookies. Three seasons later, five players from that draft class remain on the active roster. Four are not only starters but key contributors. 

Without a first round pick, Bruce Allen headed a draft class that acquired LB Trent Murphy, RT Morgan Moses, C Spencer Long and CB Bashaud Breeland in the first four rounds. They say to allow three years before evaluating a draft class. I must admit, three seasons later, Allen is looking pretty smart.

Murphy currently leads the team with five sacks. Moses is a consistent force at right tackle. Long is looking great in his transition to center. Breeland, 24, has high upside on the backend of the defense.

It should also be mentioned that the Redskins used current GM Scot McCloughan's pre-draft service to help evaluate players. So, I'm not sure how much weight that had on Allen's decision making. But, at the end of the day, Allen made the picks and deserves credit.

Also, anytime players are drafted, development is key. I do believe that hiring offensive line coach Bill Callahan in 2015 was lifesaver for both Moses and Long. There's no doubt that the talent was there for both players, but Callahan was instrumental in cultivating that talent. For Murphy, his success has been almost accidental. He put in major work this offseason to transition to the defensive line only to later stick at OLB due to injuries at the position. The work he put in this offseason, in turn, helped raise the level of his play this season. 

Bottom line is, a core part of the team was drafted with Bruce Allen behind the steering wheel. He deserves credit for apparent success. 

You can find Emmanual on Twitter @manny_benton.

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