Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said he wanted to draft players to the team that loved to play football – and loved to play for the Washington Redskins.
That's exactly what he got in tackle Morgan Moses, the 66th-overall pick in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Moses' emotion showed immediately upon his selection, as the 6-foot-6, 314-pound Virginia product shed tears of joy.
"Just being able to get that phone call and have that number go across the screen, it's a blessing, man," Moses told reporters in a conference call after his selection. "Word's can't even speak (it)."
After making a trade to give Dallas the Redskins' second-round (34th-overall) pick in exchange for the Cowboys' second and third-round picks, head coach Jay Gruden said he was happy Moses was still on the board for their picking to add depth to his team's offensive line.
"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 a 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."
Gruden said he's looking forward to watching Moses develop into a potential starter down the road.
"I think the overwriting factor has to be what kind of person he is, what kind of work ethic does he have, accountability and all that good stuff that I have been talking about – is the game important to him?" Gruden said. "And it is important to Morgan. I think he has got a lot of room to develop, I really do. He can develop some foot quickness, but the one thing you can't coach is his length and his 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."
Moses said he can't wait to get on the field and get to work wearing the burgundy and gold.
"I feel like I have all the abilities to play at the next level," he said. "I am just going to come in there and work hard – work hard to get on the field and let everything fall into place."
NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF MORGAN MOSES
- Moses is the second selection of the Jay Gruden era and is the 36th selection by the Redskins under Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen.
- Moses is the 433rd selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 32nd third-round selection in that time frame. He is the 61st third-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
- The selection marks the earliest the Redskins have taken an offensive lineman since selecting two-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams with the fourth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
- Moses is the first player from the University of Virginia selected by the Redskins since the team picked G Jim Huddleston in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. The Redskins' last four selections from UVA have all been offensive linemen.
- Moses becomes the ninth player from the University of Virginia selected by the Redskins all-time, joining E Tom Dudley (1947), B Jonny Papit (1951), E Fred Polzer (1958), RB Jeff Anderson (1969), DT Rick Brand (1969), T Paul Rogers (1969), C Dan Ryczek (1971) and Huddleston.
Moses' selection is the highest the Redskins have ever selected a UVA product. Jonny Papit was previously the highest-selected UVA player by the Redskins at the No. 76 overall pick in the 1951 NFL Draft. * Moses is the sixth player selected by the Redskins at No. 66 all-time, joining G Rotta Holland (1937), B George Peters (1942), B Dick Lynch (1958), KR Mike Oliphant (1988) and DT Tracy Rocker (1989). * Moses is the seventh Redskins draft pick in the Allen era to have competed collegiately in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the most of any conference in that timeframe. The Redskins selected three ACC products in both the 2011 (Clemson's Jarvis Jenkins, Miami's Leonard Hankerson and Florida State's Markus White) and 2013 drafts (NC State's David Amerson, Florida State's Chris Thompson and Florida State's Brandon Jenkins).
Virginia native and Parade All-American. Was a non-qualifier out of high school and attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 2009. Played 11 games in '10, starting six of the final seven at right tackle. Sprained his left ankle during '11 fall camp, but started all 13 games at RT. Started 11-of-12 games at left tackle in '12 -- did not start against Wake Forest (undisclosed injury) and sprained his ankle against North Carolina. Started all 12 games at LT in '13. Did not lift at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a left shoulder injury (medical exlusion).
Has outstanding size and vines for arms -- sheer mass and length makes it difficult for rushers to run the arc on him. Has strength to anchor. Wins with his hands. Pulls with a head of steam and can eliminate defenders when he has a bead. Logged 43 career starts.
Big, long-armed leaner with sheer size and length and enough movement skill to function at an adequate level on the right side, though his high-maintenance conditioning, intermittent intensity and uneven performance turns off some teams. Developmental project.