The Good, Bad, and Ugly Draft Choices of the Washington Redskins

21 Mar

Most members of Sibat Media live in the DMV area and year after year, the Washington Redskins constantly let us down. In the past ten years, the Redskins have had two winning seasons (10-6 in 2005 and 9-7 in 2007) and in both of those seasons we lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. So, what is it that makes the Washington Redskins so terrible…their drafting.

This is a very obvious issue as a Washington Redskins fan. Daniel Synder, regardless if you like the man or not, does not know how to run a team. In the past ten years, there are terrible first-round draft picks along with no first-round draft picks at all and some great draft picks. Let us break it down year by year:


Rod Gardner- After four seasons with the Redskins, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round draft pick. Gardner had 227 receptions for 2,997 yards over those four years to give him 13.2 yards a catch…pretty awesome.


Patrick Ramsey- After four seasons with the Redskins, he was traded to the New York Jets for a sixth-round draft pick. Ramsey was 10-14 with the Redskins with 34 TD’s and 29 INT’s over the span. Not the type of QB you are looking for…


No first-round draft pick.


Sean Taylor- Easily the best first-round draft pick in the last ten years by the Redskins. After four seasons with the Redskins, he was shot and killed in his home. In his career, Taylor had 244 tackles in 55 games, which lead to an average of 4.4 tackles a game. RIP #21


Carlos Rogers- Nicknamed Carlos “No Hands” Rogers for his constant dropping of easy interceptions. After six seasons with the Redskins, he signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. In six years with the Redskins, Rogers had 8 INT’s…in one year with the 49ers, Rogers has 5 INT’s.

Jason Campbell- He was supposed to be the future QB for the Redskins. After four years with the Redskins, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round pick. In those five years, his record was 20-32 and he had 55 TD’s, 38 INT’s, and 34 FUM’s.


No first-round draft pick.

NOTE: 2007 is the turn of the Washington Redskins drafting


LaRon Landry- Another great hard-hitting safety, not quite as good as Sean Taylor but when he plays hard, he is a great tackler. In his five years with the team, Landry had 291 tackles in 64 games, which is an average of 4.5 tackles a game. Sadly, he just signed with the New York Jets and I wish that man the best.


No first-round draft pick.


Brian Orakpo- Orakpo has been a Pro-Bowl selection for the Redskins in the two years he has played here. He is one of the best defensive ends in the game right now. Still with the team. In three years, he has 107 tackles, 58 assists, and 28.5 sacks in 47 games.


Trent Williams- Williams has played in 24 games since being drafted and has started 23 of them. A very solid OT who will hopefully be around for a while. Still with the team.


Ryan Kerrigan- He has been outstanding on the field so far in his rookie year, and having him on one side and Orakpo on the other is a deadly combination. In his rookie season, Kerrigan has 41 tackles, 2 assists, and 7.5 sacks in 16 games.

As you can see, for the past ten years there have been maybe five players who have panned out and only three of those are still with the team. Drafting needs to continue to get better for the Redskins in order to build a young, hungry team.

Hopefully with the trading of three first-round draft picks and a second-round draft pick for what seems to be Robert Griffin III (RG3), he will be able to change the franchise and be the future of this organization. We need a savior for this team.

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