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Need to Know: How many of their players did the Redskins draft?

Apr 24, 2015, 4:48 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 24, six days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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Here are five facts about the Redskins’ draft history:

—The Redskins currently have 20 players that they drafted on their roster. The longest tenured among them is Kedric Golston, taken in the sixth round in 2006. Of the 22 players who are widely considered to be on the top of the team’s depth chart at their positions, 10 were drafted by the Redskins.

—The Redskins have drafted 36 players in the last four drafts. That’s the most for the team in any four-year span since the draft went to seven round. Of those players, 17 remain on the roster. They have two players from the 12 they took in 2011 (Kerrigan, Paul), six of the nine from 2012 (Griffin, LeRibeus, Cousins, K. Robinson, Morris, Compton), four of seven from 2013 (Amerson, Reed, Thomas, Thompson), and five of eight from last year (Murphy, Moses, Long, Breeland, Grant).

—The Redskins have drafted 34 players from Notre Dame in their history, the most of any college. However, they haven’t taken anyone from the Fighting Irish since they tabbed tackle Jim Molinaro in the sixth round in 2004. Next to Notre Dame, the Redskins have drafted the most players from USC (29) and Penn State (21).

—Of those 20 players who are draft picks who are still on the roster, more came from the fourth round (5), than from any other round—Perry Riley, Kirk Cousins, Keenan Robinson, Phillip Thomas, Bashaud Breeland.

— The Redskins have drafted 16 players in the seventh round in the last seven drafts going back to 2008. None of those players remain on the roster. The have had five seventh-rounders in the last three drafts—TE Ted Bolser, K Zach Hocker, RB Jawan Jamison, CB Richard Crawford, and S Jordan Bernstine—and none are still around. Not even a reserve/special teams type in the bunch.


—It’s been 117 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 142 days until they play another one.

Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 6; Redskins minicamp starts 53; Redskins training camp starts 97

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  1. Jim Collins - Apr 24, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    Great stats and data! As the say in sales, “so…so what?” What does this data mean to you and us? What is your takeaway and how do theses data compare to other teams?

    • celticsforever - Apr 24, 2015 at 7:28 AM

      It shows brutally bad drafting. Not sure if the issue is scouting related or management related. But it’s really awful. Most of your depth and role players/special teams players come from the draft. They come young and cheap. But Washington uses free agency for that purpose. Signing a 30 year old to be a special teams guru is sad. You mean to tell me you couldn’t find a LB in the 6th round who could run and tackle? Hopefully SM turns this upside down in a hurry.

      • ET - Apr 24, 2015 at 10:42 AM

        You’re right, the Skins recent record in the 6th and 7th rounds has been abysmal.

        On one hand, those are the rounds to take some chances on developmental players. On the other hand, almost none of those prospects has worked out.

        Another thing to note is the Skins have had reasonable success with UDFAs, including (off the top of my head), Chris Baker, Will Compton, Jeffcoat, Davis, Forbath, Logan Paulsen. So that offsets the lack of late-round success a little … I guess?

        • bangkokben - Apr 24, 2015 at 1:07 PM

          Complaining that we didn’t hit any home runs with 7th rounders is like complaining that you didn’t make any money on your lottery scratchers. They’re 7th rounders! Who is hitting on their 7th rounders? The ‘skins need to hit on the top 100 picks of the draft. They need to make those picks count. Yes, getting anything out of UFAs does help offset missing on those picks. Silas Redd or Lache Seastrunk. One of them will do.

        • ET - Apr 24, 2015 at 1:33 PM

          No one commenting is worried about “hitting home runs,” it’s about finding late-rounders who can make the roster in a backup, developmental or special teams role. Not expecting miracles, but a few role players might be nice.

        • bangkokben - Apr 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM

          Okay. I misunderstood.

          Since Shanahan arrived, we got production from the rounds you mentioned – more so than any other. Here are guys that have started/contributed from those rounds:

          Bacari Rambo
          Alfred Morris
          Tom Compton
          Richard Crawford
          Jordan Bernstine
          Evan Royster
          Aldrick Robinson
          Brandyn Thompson
          Maurice Hurt
          Chris Nield

          That’s more than 50% that have actually got game time or even started. One obvious home run and the others seemed to have filled roles albiet for a short time but met reasonable expectations for 6th or 7th rounders.
          Those not on my list:
          Jawan Jamison
          Markus White
          Dennis Morris
          Terrance Austin (I think his action was only in the preseason)
          Erik Cook
          Selvish Capers
          Lache Seastrunk
          Ted Bolser
          Zack Hocker

        • bangkokben - Apr 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM

          that’s more so than any other GM not round

        • ET - Apr 24, 2015 at 4:07 PM

          I agree that Shanahan did find some late-round nuggets. Morris is obviously an exception (and testament to Shanahan’s eye in terms of scheme fit), but a few more Neild and Crawford types would certainly be welcome.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      In some posts I go into things in excruciating detail. I usually don’t in the AM post.

      • brucefan1 - Apr 24, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        You mean the 4:48AM POST?!

        No wonder you don’t go into detail then! You should be sleeping!! LOL

        • brucefan1 - Apr 24, 2015 at 1:51 PM

          (But now that yer up & at ’em, it WOULD be interesting to know if there are teams that are frequently going above expectations on 6th-7th round picks!)

  2. jtaylor68 - Apr 24, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Here is a fact also – Did you know, the skins have drafted only 2, yes 2, offensive lineman in the 1st and 2nd rounds since the 2000 draft. They selected Chris Samuels 2000 and Trent Williams 2010, that’s it. Chad Rhinehart in the 3rd, Leribus, Gettus and blah blah blah. By the way, Jon Jansen was a 2nd rounder in 1999 and started for many years.

    • captblood3000 - Apr 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

      Except for left tackles, Vinny undervalued offensive linemen. So did Shanahan. He could bring in free agents to zone block, and find scheme fits in late rounds.

      The picks in round 3 last year showed a Big Board that assigned more proper value to offensive linemen. I hope that McCloughan’s Big Board will be similarly balanced. The strengths of this year’s draft class mean that the Redskins are as likely as not to pick another offensive lineman on day 2.

  3. dubdiz12 - Apr 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Splitting hairs but I count 11 drafted by the Redskins that start:

    1. Robert Griffin III
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Trent Murphy
    4. Tom Compton/Morgan Moses
    5. Jordan Reed
    6. Bashaud Breeland
    7. David Amerson (Accounts for D. Hall injury/nickel)
    8. Keenan Robinson
    9. Perry Riley
    10. Ryan Kerrigan
    11. Trent Murphy.

    And for arguments sake you could say Niles Paul/Logan Paulsen if we are running 2 or 3 TE Sets. None of this matters really but it just had me thinking.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 24, 2015 at 9:07 AM

      I didn’t count Amerson. Culliver and Breeland are the starting CB’s right now.

    • shermanp79 - Apr 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      That’s the problem, if you have Paulsen and Paul starting this team lacks talent. Of the guys you listed how many are true starters right now? Maybe Kerrigan, Robinson, Breeland then add Morris who I believe needs to be upgraded. The rest have major questions. As fans we have been robbed by Snyder with the mess he has put on the field. Thankfully he has finally figured it out. After charging outrageous prices for tickets and everything else that comes with going to a game. As of now our best pick is Goldston??He is the guy who has been here the longest. WOW!! Not a QB, WR, or OL but a back up marginal guy in the 3-4. That says it loud and clear!!

    • hail74 - Apr 24, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      You listed Trent Murphy twice

      • hail74 - Apr 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

        NM I see you meant Trent Williams

    • redskinscaio - Apr 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      Holy cow, there are two Trent Murphy’s on the team?

  4. cowboyhater - Apr 24, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    I thought it was smart to keep Compton…..he has shown flashes and is still young, and learning. This guy could have a breakout year. I feel comfortable with him on the right side, more so than most who comment on here. Target guards in the draft….that’s where the need is along this line. What can we say, we gave away picks, used the wrong philosophy in terms of acquiring players in FA, and the draft which results in the stats mentioned in this article. We now have some competency at the GM position who brings the proper philosophy in FA, and going into this draft. I fully expect in 2-3 years this stat will be reversed…..

  5. shermanp79 - Apr 24, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Not great success. We finally should be able to fix the problem. All those picks in 2011 after trading down. So which would of made more sense, stay and take Watt or the route we chose? Even Paul is marginal, a nice teammate and good ST player but he should be nothing more than a 3rd or 4th TE. Even that is questionable given his size. Right now we have to question last years Draft, we need Mosses and Long to step up. To think we once again may draft a RT after taking one last year really shows why this team has struggled. We regularly re-draft positions year after year. It stuns me how long it took Snyder to fix such an obvious problem. Nobody will hit on every pick, the Draft fails many but you have to hit on the first 3 rounds. We have been miserable with our 2nd and 3rd round picks. Then traded away so many 1sts. Thankfully Scott should get it turned around. It’s just 15 years too late. Probably more than that but I’ll give a learning curve. I can’t remember when Casserly left.

    • hail74 - Apr 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM

      I agree, definitely makes you wonder if trading down was worth it. Casserly was great at finding talent late but I seem to recall him whiffing on most 1st rounders.

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 24, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    All hail McGlue, our new draft guru!

  7. renhoekk2 - Apr 24, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    The question isn’t how many draft picks you have on the roster. It’s how many you resign and give second contracts to. That’s were the Redskins have really failed over the years. For a while Gholston was the only one. That’s sad. It is a scouting problem. McCloughan knows that. I’m sure he has replacements lined up. I’ll be shocked if Scott Campbell survives this. He’s been dreadful since he started.

    • bangkokben - Apr 24, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      Kedric has been on the team since 2006 and you still spell his name with an H? WT heck?!

      As for your point about second contracts, how can this be an issue on this team with all of the turnover in coaching and philosophy?

      This team as it currently stands was built by and large by M. Shanahan. For all of Shanahan’s faults – and there are plenty – since Snyder has owned the team, Shanahan was the best at actually utilizing the draft. Unfortunately, what he built was unsuccessful and now is obsolete which always happens to varying degrees when coaching changes are made. And if this year is as ugly as you think it can be, then that draft class of 2012 will likely have only one left of the six that are still on the team.

  8. colmac69 - Apr 24, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Renhoekk makes gd point bout how few draft picks it appears we dont resign after3, 4 yrs…….

    Drafting and developing gd linemen has bn biggest problem going back to 90, s

    Skins have lacked a proper direction in which to proceed for yrs… appears after all this time they seem to b doing things the correct way although still early to get definitive answer

    Will b gd to finally get draft done and dusted as the build up seems to have bn going on for months…….

    One thing guaranteed is that we got big interest nxt wknd on what we do

  9. brucealmty - Apr 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I’m hoping Scot’s past draft magic continues for Washington. The occasional home run is great but we need double upon double upon double to build this franchise from the ground up.
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