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Need to Know: The five best offensive linemen drafted by the Redskins

May 1, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 1, seven days before the NFL draft.

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Yesterday we looked at the five best offensive linemen who have been drafted in Round 2 since the start of the common draft in 1968. Let’s bring it a little closer to home with the top five O-linemen drafted by the Redskins (per the career Approximate Value metric used by Pro Football Reference).

Russ Grimm, Round 3/overall pick 69, 1981 (Career AV 76)—He’s the only one on this list who is in the Hall of Fame. An original Hog and a first-team All-Pro selection three times.

Mark Schlereth, 10/263, 1989 (CAV 69)—His story is pretty well known due to his post-playing career at ESPN. Although he is usually identified as a Bronco he did split his 12-year career evenly, spending six years each in Denver and Washington.

Raleigh McKenzie, 11/290, 1985 (CAV 64)—His longevity got him onto this list. McKenzie, who started at all three interior line positions, never made a Pro Bowl but he managed to stay in the league for 16 years, the first 10 of which were with the Redskins. As a member is the second iteration of the Hogs, he started for two Super Bowl winners in Washington.

Mark May, 1/20, 1981 (CAV 62)—This just goes to show you that where you’re drafted doesn’t always matter; May was the second-best lineman the Redskins took in this draft (see Grimm above). He was drafted as a tackle but moved inside to guard after his rookie year.

George Starke, 11/272, 1971 (CAV 69)—It says something here that of the five players on this list, three were drafted in rounds that no longer exist in the draft today. It says that the organization has been able to find late gems but perhaps they don’t put much value in the position. You also have to be alarmed by the fact that none of the players on this list were drafted in almost 25 years.

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—Former Redskins receiver Gary Clark was born on this date in 1962.

—It’s been 123 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 129 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: NFL Draft 7; Training camp starts 83; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 99

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  1. joeregotti - May 1, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    Hey Rich, Good morning! Just curious where Tre’ Johnson ranked? I believe he was a 2nd round pick (31) in 1994. I think he made a pro bowl in 1999. Thanks!

    • Rich Tandler - May 1, 2014 at 5:23 AM

      Johnson was 10th with a CAV of 40. Very good player when healthy but that Pro Bowl 1999 season was the only one where he managed to play in 16 games.

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  2. Gregory Stangel - May 1, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    If the Career Approximate Value metric doesn’t recognize 6 time Pro Bowl selection, Chris Samuels, then I do not recognize or accept the credibility of the ‘Pro Football Reference’ or its obviously scotched CAV.

    • Rich Tandler - May 1, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      It’s not a perfect measure and as it says in the title it is “approximate”. Samuels was sixth and if you want to say he was better than Starke or May feel free, there certainly are credible arguments to be made there. I will say that Starke played for longer and on more successful teams and on teams that ran the ball better and protected the QB better compared to Samuels. Pro Bowls are part of the picture but not the whole picture.

      • Gregory Stangel - May 1, 2014 at 6:42 AM

        Certainly not an attack on you or your story, just my skepticism over these increasingly popular career, total worth, actionable point, ranking systems. Samuels (and Jansen) were rocks and maulers for us, leading the way to a few ‘bright spot’ seasons during the mostly ‘dark’ last couple decades. I understand and appreciate your ‘Top 5’ formula and am simply pointing out that we’ve had a few excellent, drafted linemen in the last 25 years…not many, but a few.

        • Rich Tandler - May 1, 2014 at 8:11 AM

          I get ya. I’ll say that the folks at PFR at least have the honesty to call their system “approximate” right in the title and they don’t try to make the case that a difference of a point or two, or even four or five, makes one player “better” than another.

  3. Chris Starks - May 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Chris Samuels in his era was a beast and faced better athletes

  4. Tom M - May 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I assume Joe Jacoby isn’t on the list since he was a nondrafted free agent? Where would he rank?

    • Rich Tandler - May 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Correct. Jacoby’s CAV is 82 so he would be on the top of the list by a comfortable margin. Archives

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