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Redskins Draft History, Position-by-Position


From first-rounder Riley Smith in 1936 to seventh-rounder Marko Mitchell in 2008, the Redskins' 74-year draft history has produced plenty of memorable picks, both good and bad.

Seven Redskins Hall of Famers have come from the NFL Draft: Wayne Millner, Sammy Baugh, Charley Taylor, Paul Krause, Art Monk, Darrell Green and Russ Grimm.

Here's a position-by-position look at Redskins draft history:


The Redskins have drafted a quarterback seven of the past 10 years, but only Jason Campbell (2005) and Colt Brennan (2008) remain on the roster. The others were Todd Husak (2000), Sage Rosenfels (2001), Patrick Ramsey (2002), Gibran Hamdan (2003) and Jordan Palmer (2007). Of course, the Redskins greatest draft pick at QB has to be legendary Sammy Baugh, selected by the team in 1937's first round.

Wide Receiver

Since selecting Art Monk (first round, 1980) and Charlie Brown (eighth round, 1981), the Redskins have not had a great deal of success in drafting wide receivers. The rest of the 1980s included relative unknowns in Curtland Thomas and Eric Yarber. The 1990s included high-profile picks Desmond Howard and Michael Westbrook, neither of whom made a long-term impact. (Keenan McCardell was selected in the 12th round of the 1991 draft, but he played sparingly for the Redskins.) In recent years, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Marko Mitchell, Taylor Jacobs, Rod Gardner and Darnerien McCants were among selections at wide receiver.

Tight End

The Redskins have never selected a tight end in the first round of the NFL Draft. The highest the Redskins have ever selected a tight end is the second round, in 1998, when the team chose Stephen Alexander from Oklahoma.

Running Back

The Redskins have had success drafting running backs in later rounds. In 1969, the team picked up Larry Brown in the eighth round with the 191st overall selection. In 1996, the Redskins drafted Stephen Davis in the fourth round with the 102nd overall pick. And in 2002, the Redskins chose Rock Cartwright in the seventh round with the 257th pick.

Offensive Tackle

The Redskins obtained two-fifth of the famous "Hogs" offensive line in the 1981 NFL Draft. Tackle Mark May was a first-round pick (20th overall) that season. The Redskins obtained another "Hog" that offseason by signing undrafted rookie tackle Joe Jacoby. Twenty years later, the Redskins found another pair of bookend tackles in successive draft. In 1999, the team drafted Jon Jansen in the second round. A year later, it was Chris Samuels in the first; Samuels has earned six Pro Bowl trips in his career.


Overall, the Redskins have had success drafting interior offensive linemen through the years. Center Len Hauss was a seventh-round pick in 1964. In the 1980s, Russ Grimm and Raleigh McKenzie, an 11th-rounder in 1985, solidified "The Hogs." During the 1990s, the Redskins had success drafting offensive linemen in the second round. In 1994, Tre Johnson was selected with the 31st overall pick. A year later, Cory Raymer was the 37th overall pick.

Defensive End

The Redskins drafted Dexter Manley, the team's all-time sack leader, in the fifth round (119th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. Two years later, the Redskins drafted Charles Mann in the third round (84th overall). The duo formed a dominating tandem through most of the 1980s.

Defensive Tackle

The Redskins have rarely selected defensive tackles in the draft. In recent years, defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin, Joe Salave'a, Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkinson were among players acquired via free agency or trades. In 2006, the team broke that trend by drafting Anthony Montgomery and Kedric Golston. The Redskins have not had great success in drafting defensive tackles, with 1991 first-rounder Bobby Wilson the most notable bust.


Perhaps the greatest Redskins draft choice ever came at linebacker. In 1965, the Redskins selected Chris Hanburger in the 18th round of the NFL Draft. That's the 245th selection. Hanburger went on to play 14 seasons in Washington and was a nine-time Pro Bowl representative, the most in franchise history.


In 1976, the Redskins selected defensive back Quinn Buckner in the 14th round of the NFL Draft. Buckner had led the Indiana Hoosiers to a NCAA championship that season. Instead of a football career, Buckner went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA and averaged 8.2 points per game.


The Redskins have frequently used high draft picks on the cornerback position. In 1983, the team selected Darrell Green, a Hall of Famer, in the first round. In the third round of the 1995 draft, the Redskins chose Darryl Pounds. From 1999-2002, the Redskins selected Champ Bailey (first round), Lloyd Harrison (third), Fred Smoot (second) and Rashad Bauman (third). In 2005, Carlos Rogers was the top pick in the first round, ninth overall.


In 1966, the Redskins made Charlie Gogolak their No. 1 draft choice, sixth overall--the first time ever a kicker had been chosen in that spot. Gogolak had broken every NCAA kicking record the year before at Princeton. He set a Washington scoring record as a rookie with 105 points, but he suffered a leg injury in 1967 that slowed his promising career.


The Redskins drafted Mike Bragg in the fifth round of the 1968 draft. Bragg, who grew up a Redskins fan in Richmond, Va., kicked for Washington for 11 seasons and was named to the franchise's 70th anniversary team. He holds team marks for most career punts (896) and most punts in a season (103).

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