Washington Redskins select Trent Murphy: Powerful sack artist goes 47th overall

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford linebacker makes his way to the nation's capital

Put the White House on high alert. There's a Yeti loose in DC.

With the 47th pick in the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Trent Murphy, the first Stanford player to come off the draft board in 2014.

Murphy, who was projected as a third round pick by many, perhaps went a little higher than expected, but the Redskins obviously feel comfortable adding a new beast to a defense that was 30th in the NFL a year ago.

He should be a natural fit for the Redskins' 3-4 defense, working as a backup linebacker during his rookie year. And despite the bad numbers associated with the Washington defense, he joins a strong group of 3-4 pass rushers, as he'll learn from Ryan Kerrigan, who's amassed 24.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, and Brian Orakpo, who's tallied 39.5 in 5 seasons.

Murphy's selection marks the third straight season that Stanford has had a top 50 pick in the draft, and he's the highest defensive pick for Stanford since Tank Williams in 2002.

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