The Redskins are going into the third and final day of the NFL draft looking for some more talent, more Scot McCloughan-type “football players” who will fit in with the culture that the GM is trying to build.
And while they should be able to find some players who will help them, both immediately and in the long term, they are unlikely to find many who will be able to start for them in 2016.
Let’s look at last year. There were 156 players selected on the final day of the 2015 draft. Of those, only nine started in at least half of their teams’ games. Far more third-day draft picks, 101 to be exact, didn’t start a single game.
The Redskins had two late-round players who started games last year. Safety and nickel back Kyshoen Jarrett started five games and slot receiver Jamison Crowder started six.
It’s not impossible to find a full-time starter on draft Saturday. In 2012 the Redskins drafted Alfred Morris in the sixth round. He started 16 games as a rookie and went on to start 72 straight games in four seasons.
And there is Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick the same year Morris came out, who started as a backup for two years and took advantage when he got his chance as the full-time starter last year.
But Morris and Cousins are very much exceptions. The Redskins are not banking on finding any starters, just players who will be good role players, reserves, and special teams contributors. If they find a Morris or a Cousins today it is a bonus.