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Need to Know: The five best Redskins second-round draft picks

Feb 25, 2014, 4:59 AM EST

Fred Smoot AP

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 25, 14 days before the start of NFL free agency.

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The Redskins’ first pick in the 2014 draft will come in the second round. Since the NFL merger in 1970 the Redskins have picked 30 players in the second round. Here are the best of them (per PF-Ref’s Approximate Value metric):

OT Jon Jansen (1999-37 overall)—Jansen earned the nickname “The Rock” by starting 50 straight games at Michigan. He kept it up by starting the first 80 games as a Redskin as he and Chris Samuels formed a great set of bookend tackles for a few years. A torn Achilles abruptly ended the streak during the 2003 preseason. He was never quite the same after that.

CB Fred Smoot (2001-45)—One of the few Redskins who left as free agents and then played worse than he had before leaving. He was a solid starter with 16 interceptions in four seasons in Washington before signing a free agent deal with the Vikings. There he encountered injury and ineffectiveness, not to mention the “Love Boat” incident. He then returned to the Redskins for three more seasons as a good contributor.

G Tré Johnson (1994-31)—At 6-2, 328 (and probably heavier as his career went on) he was the perfect road grader in the Redskins’ power run game. Unfortunately, he couldn’t stay healthy but he was very good when he was in the lineup. He made the Pro Bowl in 1999, the only season in which he played 16 games.

DT Bill Brundidge (1970-43)—A very steady, workmanlike tackle. Brundidge played in the era before they tallied sacks but he probably would have recorded only a few per year. But he played in the heart of George Allen’s defense and it was that unit that was most responsible for getting the Redskins to their first Super Bowl and four other playoff appearances.

LB Andre Collins (1990-46)—He walked in and started 16 games as a rookie, racking up six sacks. The next year he was a key member of the Super Bowl champs, recording three sacks, two interceptions, and leading the team with 151 tackles.

Notes: The fact that the Redskins have had 30 second-round picks in 44 drafts means that they have traded away a net 14 second-rounders. Two players the Redskins picked in the second, OT Wally Kleine (1987) and DT Bob Slater (1984), never played a snap due to injuries.

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Timeline

—It’s been 58 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 194 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Free agency starts 14; Offseason workouts start 41; NFL Draft 72

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  1. kenlinkins - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Rich, What impact will the later draft have on the Redskins in 2014 (and football in general)? Will it hurt or help us rebuild? You asked me if the Redskins were a good team who had a bad year at QB and Special teams in 2013 or are we a 3-13 team that had a rookie QB in 2012 the NFL was not ready for? In review I keep coming back to the coaching staff and locker room in 2013 and that the truth is somewhere in the middle. IMO the Redskins were a team getter better before the wheels came off in 2013,and that is the answer I can not figure out, Why did the wheels come off so easy in 2013? Any Ideas or have I mixed to many subjects into one place? Also: It is great to see so many Redskins fan here, and that we seem to be getting over 2013 and looking forward to 2014.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Later draft won’t mean much, just a few more weeks of pointless mock drafts.

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