In the lead-up to the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL.com labeled Morgan Moses a "developmental project," touting his size and ability to move but also saying the Virginia prospect's inconsistency and up-and-down effort forced some teams to shy away from him.
Other sites, meanwhile, pointed to Moses' high ceiling as well, but no one was quite sure where the lineman would be selected. Eventually, the Redskins took him in the third round, 66th overall.
His rookie year, though, was a disappointment. He didn't log much time with the Redskins and when he did, he looked lost (especially on this infamous Monday Night Football play).
The next year, however, he seized the starting right tackle job and has started in every game since, at times looking dominant. And now, the 26-year-old has a new, expensive contract extension to celebrate, after the Redskins made him the second-highest paid right tackle in the league.
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The timing of the extension — just hours before the 2017 NFL Draft — is what's especially fitting, because Moses is another prime example of how being patient and developing a middle round draft pick can really work out.
Many times, fans or analysts will use words like "project" or call a player "raw." In both instances, a negative tone is often used. With Moses, that was the case, and after his nondescript first season there wasn't a ton of hope surrounding him (remind you a bit of Josh Doctson?).
But the Redskins were committed to improving him and Moses was committed to improving, too. Now, Washington has a pair of massive and talented tackles on each end of their offensive line, and No. 76 is No. 2 in professional football when it comes to money at his position. Both parties are happy.
Therefore, if (and when) the Burgundy and Gold picks up a member or members of this year's class who bring with them phrases like, "He may need to sit and learn behind a veteran" or "He has some tools but has yet to put them together," just remember not to fret. It's tempting to grade draft hauls the moment after the event's conclusion, but the real stars sometimes don't emerge until a few years down the road.