The 15 best mid-to-late round Redskins picks from the 2000s
15) Niles Paul (5th round, 2011)
Niles Paul's best year with the Redskins came in 2014, when he took a turn as the Redskins top tight end and notched a career-best 507 receiving yards.
And while he hasn't been much of an offensive threat outside of that season, No. 84 has been versatile throughout his time in D.C., filling in as a fullback at times and leading Washington's special teams units. That's what fifth-round picks must do to survive in the NFL, which Paul has done.
14) Roy Helu (4th round, 2011)
Roy Helu's NFL career started out strong; as a rookie, the tailback rushed for 640 yards and was responsible for 379 receiving yards, too.
He never quite got back to those totals in his final three years with the 'Skins, but he did post two more 30-plus catch seasons for the Burgundy and Gold before bolting for Oakland. He may regret that move, too, seeing as he only lasted one season with the Raiders and hasn't played since.
13) Matt Ioannidis (5th round, 2016)
Matt Ioannidis' rookie year was a wash, but the powerful D-lineman came out of nowhere and recorded a really nice second season as a pro. In 14 contests, No. 98 recorded 4.5 sacks and plenty more pressures, forming a stout 1-2 punch up the middle with Jonathan Allen.
If Ioannidis can continue that ascension in year three and beyond, Washington will be very pleased with the Temple product, and he'll find himself higher up on this list, too.
12) Rock Cartwright (7th round, 2002)
Rock Cartwright had a heck of a career for the fifth-to-last selection in the 2002 draft.
Per NBC Sports Washington's Rich Tandler, no other player drafted by the Redskins in rounds 3-7 has played as many NFL games as Cartwright. Many seventh-rounders don't ever make a roster, so for Cartwright to last eight years in D.C. and 10 in the league overall is no small feat.
11) Kendall Fuller (3rd round, 2016)
Kendall Fuller looked a bit lost as a rookie. In his second season, though, he looked like he absolutely belonged.
Thanks in large part to being 100-percent healthy as well as some revered tape-studying habits, Fuller starred for the Redskins in 2017 and picked off four passes.
He already looks well on his way to being a stud corner. Unfortunately, the Chiefs are the ones who'll benefit from that, thanks to the Alex Smith trade that sent Fuller to K.C.
10) Derrick Dockery (3rd round, 2003)
Derrick Dockery's Redskins career was split into two parts (2003-2006 and 2009-2010), and the 81st overall choice in 2003 was productive throughout his time in D.C and in his other stops, too.
He didn't miss a single game in his first seven NFL seasons and was able to parlay his first stint with the 'Skins into what was the third-largest contract for a guard in league history at the time. His best work came when paired with Chris Samuels, forming a tandem that any running back would love to work behind.
9) Kedric Golston (6th round, 2006)
Like Rock Cartwight, Kedric Golston got his chance as a late-rounder with the Burgundy and Gold and refused to give it up.
Playing the role of a rotational defensive lineman, Golston stuck around with Washington for all 11 seasons of his career. Known as a true pro and a beast in the weight room, he perservered through a couple of season-ending injuries and late in his career held the title of longest-tenured Redskin.
8) Bashaud Breeland (4th round, 2014)
As a fourth-round rookie, it didn't take long for Bashaud Breeland to make an impact.
In a Week 8, primetime matchup vs. the Cowboys, Breeland silenced Dez Bryant, a performance that was highlighted by two goal-line pass breakups. That kind of physical play is something fans have seen often from Breeland since.
After four years with the 'Skins, No. 26 may be moving on. Whether he does or not, he's more than panned out as a fourth-rounder from Clemson.
7) Chris Thompson (5th round, 2013)
Chris Thompson's Redskins career almost stalled out before it really got going.
His first season ended on the I.R. and he spent almost the entirety of the second on the practice squad. But things turned around in 2015.
Since then, the elusive back has become a multi-purpose threat and seemingly always picks up chunks either as a runner or receiver. Before a broken leg shelved him for the second half of 2017, Thompson was arguably the Redskins' MVP, scoring six times in 10 games.
If he can return and keep on the path he was heading on, he will continue to climb these rankings.
6) Jamison Crowder (4th round, 2015)
A lot of receivers have issues transitioning from the college game to the pro game. Jamison Crowder wasn't one of them.
In his first year, Crowder caught 59 balls and in his next two hauled in 67 and 66. Fans shouldn't let a really rough stretch near the end of 2017 shouldn't mar what has been a really impressive start in D.C. for the shifty wideout.
Expect new QB Alex Smith to look No. 80's way early and often in Jay Gruden's offense. Kirk Cousins did, and it usually turned out well for the offense as a whole.
5) Morgan Moses (3rd round, 2014)
There was some doubt about Morgan Moses early on, thanks to a rookie year where he didn't start once and looked very raw when he did play. But that doubt is now gone.
Since 2015, the massive right tackle has started in 48 straight contests, and like his fellow tackle Trent Williams, started many of those while playing hurt.
Washington was smart to lock him up long-term in April 2017, as No. 76 is slated to stick around for at least another four seasons.
4) Jordan Reed (3rd round, 2013)
Injuries have held Jordan Reed back on the field and they'll hold him back a bit here, too.
When able to suit up, few tight ends in the NFL can match Reed. In 2015 and 2016, No. 86 reached the end zone a combined 17 times.
The reason he's behind Cooley and a couple of other 'Skins, however, is because he has yet to prove that he can be counted on week in, week out. He's been a really nice third-rounder, for sure, but still hasn't reached his full potential.
3) Alfred Morris (6th round, 2012)
Like his touchdown celebration, Alfred Morris was a home run draft pick.
Almost instantly, Mike Shanahan took a liking to Morris, and Alf made Shanahan look really smart by coming in and setting a franchise record for rushing yards in a single season while crossing the goal-line 13 times.
He never did top those lofty totals, but he did record two more 1,000-yard years and will always be remembered for his role in the magical 2012 campaign.
2) Chris Cooley (3rd round, 2004)
Sorry, couldn't resist.
The beloved tight end joined the Redskins back in 2004 out of Utah State and instantly became a go-to target, leading the team in TDs as a rookie. In all, he played nine years for the team, compiling four 60-plus-catch campaigns, two Pro Bowl appearances and a bunch of memorable, clutch grabs.
The only lowlight? That one time he wore those really short shorts at practice.
1) Kirk Cousins (4th round, 2012)
Whether you thought he was a franchise passer or not, you can't debate that Kirk Cousins returned excellent value as a fourth-round insurance plan in 2012.
Cousins had to sit and wait his turn, but after Jay Gruden installed him as the full-time starter heading into Week 1 in 2015, the passer stepped in and blossomed.
Three 4,000-yard passing seasons later, the Michigan State product is set to find a new organization. And while it's an award that'll pale in comparison to his monstrous contract, he is the unquestioned No. 1 mid-to-late round selection the Redskins have made this century.