How the Redskins have done in the draft since 2005:
Total picks: 17 2007 Starters: 5 2007 Backups: 3 On Other teams: 1 Out of NFL: 6
Dating back to the heyday of George Allen more than 35 years ago, the draft has never been as essential for the Redskins as for your average team. Over the last three drafts, the Redskins used just one pick in the second or third rounds. That came in 2006 when they chose linebacker Rocky McIntosh in the second round (having dealt their first-rounder the previous year while trading up to pick quarterback Jason Campbell 25th overall). However, Campbell and fellow first-rounders Carlos Rogers (ninth, 2005) and LaRon Landry (sixth, 2007) are already established starters and second-day picks Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston and Reed Doughty have all been regulars, too, a change for a team that had drafted poorly after the third round for years.
Best pick:DT Kedric Golston, 2006 (sixth round, 196th overall): The stocky Georgia product was a surprise 13-game starter as a rookie and was a solid third tackle in 2007 while also blocking two kicks. He could regain a starting job if he can become more of a playmaker.
Worst pick:FB Manuel White, 2005 (fourth round, 120th overall): The former UCLA back was hurt in his first camp and again in his second before getting cut.
2007 top draft picks:
1 (6) LaRon Landry, S: The speedy big hitter from LSU became a starter almost as soon as his short holdout ended and should be a fixture for years after moving from strong to free safety following the death of Sean Taylor. Landry looked like his late predecessor in displaying terrific range while picking off his first two passes in the playoff loss at Seattle.
5 (143) Dallas Sartz, LB: Didn't show the Redskins enough in training camp -- he missed some time with injuries -- or preseason to even be kept around on the practice squad despite his USC pedigree. Another second-day bust.
6 (179) H.B. Blades, LB: Unlike Sartz, the former Pitt tackling machine hustled all summer to earn a roster spot. The son of former NFL safety Bennie Blades played mostly on special teams until weak-side linebacker Rocky McIntosh was hurt in December but is still destined to succeed fellow vertically challenged middle linebacker London Fletcher one day.
6 (205) Jordan Palmer, QB: The younger brother of Bengals star quarterback Carson Palmer threw a pretty touchdown pass in the scrimmage at Baltimore, but otherwise was scatter-armed. Palmer, who threw 81 touchdown passes during his last three years at Texas-El Paso, didn't inspire much confidence and wasn't even kept on the practice squad for development purposes.
7 (216) Tyler Ecker, TE: Older because of two years spent on a Mormon mission while at Michigan, Ecker hurt a hamstring in the first week of camp and never got on the field before going on injured reserve. He hung around Redskin Park all season and he could be back since has an inexpensive, three-year deal.
2006 top draft picks:
2 (35) Rocky McIntosh, LB: Despite earning two degrees at Miami, McIntosh was such a slow learner that he spent most of his rookie year on the bench. He will be given every chance to start on the weak side ahead of Lemar Marshall (the regular there in 2004) this year after making plenty of tackles in two December starts.
5 (153) Anthony Montgomery, DT: At 6-5, 305, Montgomery has the size to be an impact player. However, he needs to work on playing lower if he's going to get much more than the minimal action he saw in five games in 2006.
6 (173) Reed Doughty, S: A project out of Northern Colorado where he was an overachieving All-America, Doughty is seen as a career special-teamer but he has a shot to force his way into the competition with veterans Pierson Prioleau, Adam Archuleta and Vernon Fox at strong safety this summer.
6 (196) Kedric Golston, DT: The biggest surprise among the 2006 rookies, Golston filled in for the injured Joe Salave'a in Week 3 and started all but one game the rest of the way. If the he makes a similar jump this summer, he could make Salave'a expendable and become a Redskins fixture.
7 (230) Kiki Lefotu, G: Apparently Lefotu, who was among the early cuts last summer after collapsing in his dorm room and being hospitalized, is worth a second look. The versatile ex-University of Arizona lineman was re-signed in January and allocated to NFL Europa.
7 (250) Kevin Simon, LB: Injured early in camp, Simon never got on the field again before being among the first wave of cuts.
2005 top draft picks:
1 (9) Carlos Rogers, CB: The Redskins liked Rogers more than fellow rookie
corners Antrel Rolle and PacMan Jones, and the ex-Auburn standout generally
fulfilled their faith despite an ankle injury before camp and ankle and biceps
ailments during the season. The swift Rogers played in all but four games,
starting six (including both in the postseason) and showed toughness with 40
tackles while picking off two passes.
1 (25) Jason Campbell, QB: The Redskins traded three high picks for the
chance to take Campbell, who looked good early in training camp but not so good
in preseason. Inactive for the entire 2005 season, he is expected to move up to
No. 2 this year with the pending departure of former starter Patrick Ramsey.
4 (120) Manuel White, HB: The former UCLA running back was struggling with
the move to H-back before he fractured a fibula in the preseason. White might
well have been cut if not for the injury, which won him a second chance this
5 (154) Robert McCune, MLB: Sculpted like a rock, the Army veteran is out of
the Jeremiah Trotter straight-ahead speed mold. McCune spent the first half of
the season on the practice squad but got into seven games (including both in
7 (222) Nehemiah Broughton, FB: A mighty-mite from Citadel, he played well in
preseason but hardly got on the field once the games counted. Broughton had one
carry, one kickoff return and one special teams tackle in four games but is
could compete for a job with Rock Cartwright as the No. 3 running back in 2006.
2004 top draft picks:
1 (5) Sean Taylor, S: A rising star who could do some incredible things in the
NFL if he doesn't do something too stupid off the field first. He finished his
first season with four interceptions, several incredible hits, two separate
stints with agent Drew Rosenhaus, a gaggle of fines, one DUI and virtually no
3 (81) Chris Cooley, TE: A solid young player who can make the big catch,
particularly in the end zone, while taking a hellacious wallop. The big
question, though, remains whether the former Utah State star can get downfield
in classic mold for Joe Gibbs H-backs. Cooley averaged just 8.5 yards per catch
as a rookie.
5 (151) Mark Wilson, OL: This Cal product held up surprisingly well in his one
game in place of left tackle Chris Samuels, a top-shelf veteran who was injured
that week for the Pittsburgh game. But Wilson mostly got by that day and had
quite a bit of help, and he has a long way to go before he proves himself in the
6 (180) Jim Molinaro, OL: A one-time defensive lineman at Notre Dame saw action
in 11 games last season, actually playing at one point on an injury-riddled
defensive line. But like Wilson, Molinaro has an uncertain future. Training camp
will be key this year as Washington looks to bring in several other rookie