Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 10, 16 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins’ best mid-round picks
As the draft currently is set up, the Redskins have one fourth-round pick (109 overall) and two in the fifth (142 and 163). Without a third-round pick, those middle-round picks will be very important to the success or failure of their draft.
Who are the best players the Redskins have taken in those middle rounds (4-5) recently? Here are the top five taken since the 2000 draft (you can see all of them here):
QB Kirk Cousins(Round 4-2012)—You can argue over whether the Redskins should have kept him or if they did the right thing in letting him go. But it’s a fact that the Redskins hit a home run in getting three years of backup duty and then three 4000-yard seasons out of a fourth-round pick.
CB Bashaud Breeland(4-2013)—Breeland started 58 games in four years at a position that carries great value. He got eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
WR Jamison Crowder(4-2015)—He set the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season right off the bat and he has continued to be productive. In just three seasons Crowder has 192 receptions for 2,240 yards and 12 touchdowns.
RB Chris Thompson(5-2013)—He slid in the draft due to his injury history at Florida State and early on it looked like his NFL career would be defined by problems staying on the field. Thompson appeared in just six games his first two seasons in the league. But he established himself as the third-down back and he was on his way to a superb season last year until breaking his fibula in Week 11.
ILB Perry Riley(4-2010)—He never threatened to make the Pro Bowl, but the Redskins did get 63 starts in six seasons from him. Riley compiled 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles in Washington.
Among other top mid-round picks since 2000 are DL Anthony Montgomery (5-2006), DL Kedric Golston (6-2006), TE Niles Paul (5-2011).
Looking back at the drafts from 1970-1999, the Redskins’ best mid-round picks included DE Dexter Manley (5-1981), RB Stephen Davis (4-1996), RB Mike Thomas (5-1975), and RB/KR Brian Mitchell (5-1990).
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