Never mind first round picks. The Redskins don't have one this year (actually they do, it wears number 10 and assuming he's healthy is well worth the other two firsts and second rounder it was packaged with last year). This is a list to assess how the Redskins have done in the SECOND round of the draft. It's still too early to make a call on Jarvis Jenkins, the Redskins second-round pick out of Clemson in 2011. His rookie year was lost to an ACL injury, and given that last season was both his first year in the NFL and his first year back from a major injury, he needs another season to prove himself.
So, what we have here on this list is essentially the modern era of the draft. It went from 12 rounds to eight rounds in 1993 and has been seven rounds since 1994. This is the post-1993 list of the best and the worst Redskins second round draft picks:
5. Fred Davis, 2008, 48th overall - Yes he overslept the first day of mini camp as a rookie. Yes he missed the last four games of his fourth season, suspended for a failed drug test. And yes he missed half of last season with a torn Achillies' tendon. But Davis has managed to play 62 games in a Redskin uniform, catching 155 passes, 12 for touchdowns. Pass-catching tight ends are of value in this league and a healthy Davis means a great deal to a successful passing game.
4. Fred Smoot, 2001, 45th overall - He hasn't exactly been an All Pro off the field, both here and Minnesota. Smoot will probably be best remembered for the "Love Boat" cruise while he was with the Vikings and the report of his lack of bladder control in a recent DUI arrest. However, as player, he was solid and played hurt. Smoot played in 104 games a Redskin, intercepting 18 passes, in two stints totaling seven years. Smoot defintely talked the talk, but he generally walked the walk on the field.
3. Tre Johnson, 1994, 31st overall - A big man who was also an excellent athlete. Johnson carried 340 pounds and carried them well. With Johnson bulldozing a trail, Terry Allen and Stephen Davis were able to pile up thousand yard seasons during Johnson's first seven seasons in Washington. Johnson spent the 2001 season in Cleveland, hurt his knee and managed to get in one more year here in 2002, but the leg drive was gone and so was his career before the age of 30.
2. Ladell Betts, 2002, 56th overall - Playing second fiddle to Clinton Portis would have left some running backs disgruntled, but Betts kept his mouth shut and performed whenever called on. Besides being an effective kick returner, Betts rolled up nearly 3,000 yards on the ground to rank 10th on the Redskins all time rushing list.
1. Jon Jansen, 1999, 37th overall - Major leg injuries in his last few years, pretty much eliminated two full seasons, but when healthy Jansen was just what his nickname suggested, "Rock." With Jansen at right tackle and Chris Samuels at left tackle, the Redskins had one of the stronger offensive lines in the league for most of the 2000's. Despite the injuries, Jansen managed to play 126 games for the Redskins, including most of one season with two broken thumbs.
5. Donovan McNabb, 2010, 37th overall - Yes it was a trade, but general manager Bruce Allen thrust out his chest on draft day and said, "I'm happy with our second-round pick, it's Donovan McNabb." You could make the case that McNabb ultimately paid off since he was dealt to Minnesota for the pick that became Alfred Morris last year. However, the quarterback who was supposed to hold down the fort for a few years until the Shanahans could develop a young quarterback to take his place, lasted only 13 games. McNabb butted heads with the Shanahans right off the bat, and was benched twice - the second time for good.
4. Jason Taylor, 2009, 44th overall - Much to the dismay of other general managers around the NFL, this was the last time Vinny Cerrrato was in charge of minding the draft picks. And when Phillip Daniels went down with a knee injury on the first day of training camp, Dolphins president Bill Parcells took candy from a baby when he sent a player he didn't want in Taylor to the Redskins for this pick and a third rounder the following year. Taylor got hurt, played only a handful of games here and essentially paid his way out of town.
3a. Devin Thomas, 2008, 34th overall - Thomas managed to catch only 40 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns before being dumped for his lack of work ethic by Shanahan. He found his way to the Giants for the Super Bowl season, contributing as a punt returner. He then retired, but after a year out of football, will attempt a comeback in Detroit this year.
3b. Malcom Kelly, 2008, 51st overall - Kelly was a pleasant fellow who had knee problems coming in to the league out of Oklahoma. The problems weren't over when he came here. Kelly's career ended after only 28 catches for 365 yards and no touchdowns.
2. Taylor Jacobs, 2003, 44th overall - Another ex-Gator that Steve Spurrier had to have. The "Old Ball Coach" said some experts had Jacobs going in the first round, though he didn't say who those experts were. Jacobs was here long enough to catch 30 passes for 395 yards and one touchdown.
1. Andre Johnson, 1996 - Johnson wasn't a second round pick, he was a first rounder - the last pick of the first round. General manager Charley Casserly had some late-round hits in his years running the draft here, but he had some big misses in the first round - this was one of them. Having dealt his 1996 first rounder to St. Louis in the Sean Gilbert deal, Casserly somehow felt the need to get back in the first round. With defending-champion Dallas on the clock, Casserly sent the Cowboys his second and third rounders to jump back up and take Johnson, a tackle from Penn State. Johnson was so bad that he may have been the first, and maybe the only, first rounder not to take a regular-season snap with the team that drafted him. Johnson eventually bounced to Miami and then to Detroit, where he was active for a grand total of three games.
2013? - The Redskins will be on the clock, but not until Friday. Keep your fingers crossed.