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May 11, 2014

Redskins select 5 more players

RG3 entertains at team's draft party

ASHBURN, Va. — The knee is fine, so Robert Griffin III didn’t need to do jumping jacks this year at the annual draft day party inside the Washington Redskins stadium. He jogged to the podium, saluted the fans and had to stop his remarks because they wouldn’t stop chanting “R-G-3!” 
When he told the crowd that Jay Gruden is “bringing a great environment to the team,” someone asked him why the new coach wasn’t at the party.
Griffin politely reminded the fan that Gruden was a bit busy.
On the other side of town, the Redskins were adding five players on the draft’s final day.
“We’re gonna get that excitement back. ... We’re gonna win,” Griffin said.
While Griffin stole the show last year with his calisthenics —  giving fans visual proof that he was well on his way back from a severe knee injury — this week’s draft haul might help keep him upright for the upcoming season and beyond.
The Redskins selected a pair of offensive linemen in the third round on Friday: tackle Morgan Moses of Virginia and guard Spencer Long of Nebraska. They also chose pass-rushing outside linebacker Trent Murphy of Stanford in the second round, on Saturday picked up cornerback Bashaud Breeland from Clemson in the fourth round, receiver Ryan Grant from Tulane in the fifth, running back Lache Seastrunk from Baylor in the sixth, and tight end Ted Bolser from Indiana and kicker Zach Hocker from Arkansas in the seventh. 
Combined with the recent additions in free agency, Gruden no longer sees a team that finished 3-13 last season.
“From a talent standpoint,” Gruden said, “I don’t think anybody can question that we have significantly upgraded our football team.”
While the Friday selections might have a significant impact this season, the Saturday choices were more about depth, development and special teams. There’s little pretense about claiming a starting job right away for someone like Breeland, so he talked about learning from Redskins three-time Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall. 

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