If you expect the Redskins to select a Hall of Fame caliber player at No. 15 in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25, don't hold your breath.
Only one player in NFL history that was taken at the No. 15 slot in the draft has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That would be defensive tackle Alan Page, who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in 1967. Page enjoyed a 15-year career, the first dozen with the Vikings and the remaining few with NFC North rival Chicago Bears. He was the 1971 NFL MVP, a six-time first-team All-Pro selection, and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, before being enshrined in Canton in 1988.
However, that does not mean that the No. 15 selection has not produced quality players.
Longtime Kansas City Chiefs and current Oakland Raiders linebacker Derrick Johnson was selected by Kansas City at No. 15 in 2002, and could find his way to Canton one day, although it is no guarantee. Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler and was selected to first-team All-Pro in 2011.
Jason Pierre-Paul, who gave the Redskins plenty of trouble during his tenure with the Giants, was selected by New York at the No. 15 spot in 2010. JPP is only 29 years old, and still has football ahead of him.
The Redskins have selected at the No. 15 position just three times in franchise history, with the most recent being 18 years ago. That 2001 selection was used on wide receiver Rod Gardner. The Clemson product lasted just four seasons in Washington, producing only one 1,000-yard season in 2002. After his tenure ended with the Redskins in 2004, Gardner bounced around with the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs over the next two seasons before he hung up the cleats.
The other two Redskins selections at No. 15 came before the Super Bowl era in the 1951 and 1962 drafts, where they selected Alabama defensive back Ed Salem and Arizona wide receiver Joe Hernandez, respectively.
While no player drafted by the Redskins at No. 15 provided a significant impact, there's one player that was drafted at No. 15 that impacted the Redskins franchise for years. That would be defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who the Tennessee Titans drafted at No. 15 in 2002. Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009 with $41 million guaranteed. We all know how this story ended, as Haynesworth only appeared in 20 games for the Redskins, totaling just 6.5 sacks over the two-year span.
In the past decade, players that were selected with the No. 15 pick have trended in all sorts of different directions. But for the most part, many of the recent No. 15 selections have panned out well.
Center Mike Pouncey was selected by the Miami Dolphins at No. 15 in 2011, and made the Pro Bowl three times during his first seven seasons with the team. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers this past offseason, and was a vital piece on the Chargers offense that finished tied for sixth in points-per-game. Pouncey earned his fourth Pro Bowl nod this year.
Running behind Pouncey was Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who was also selected at the No. 15 pick. Gordon has faced injury issues throughout his brief four-year career, but has proven he is one of the NFL's top running backs when on the field.
In 2012, the Seattle Seahawks selected linebacker Bruce Irvin, who was a solid contributor on a Super Bowl winning team. In 2013, the New Orleans Saints took safety Kenny Vaccaro at No. 15, who was an above-average starter for the Saints for six seasons before signing with the Tennessee Titans this past offseason.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier with the No. 15 pick in the 2014 draft. Unfortunately, Shazier suffered a potentially career-ending injury in 2017, right as he was establishing himself as one of the best linebackers in the sport.
While the No. 15 pick from 2010-2015 provided quality starters and Pro Bowlers, that same slot has not produced nearly as much success in the past three years. The Cleveland Browns selected Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman at No. 15 in 2016, but Coleman was never able to establish himself. The Browns shipped him to New England in the middle of training camp last season, and the Patriots released him about a month after the trade. Coleman was signed by the Giants midway through 2018 after their unit was depleted by injuries. Coleman is now a restricted free agent.
The Indianapolis Colts selected Ohio State safety Malik Hooker at No. 15 in 2017, and so far he's given mixed reviews. Hooker showed promise his rookie season before tearing his ACL, causing him to miss nine games. This season, the Colts switched to a two-safety deep defense, similar to the Tampa-2 defense that the Buccaneers made famous in the early 2000s. With Hooker responsible for just half the field, many teams respected his ball-hawking skills and did not target his side, limiting his ability to make a big play.
The most recent No. 15 selection, Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Kolton Miller, had a very rough rookie year. PFF graded him at 48.2 for the year, which ranked 67th among the 70 offensive tackles with 400-plus offensive snaps. Miller was selected as a project but has a lot to improve on in order to become even an average NFL tackle.
Here are the No. 15 overall picks from the last 10 drafts:
2018: Colton Miller, OT, UCLA -- selected by the Oakland Raiders
2017: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State -- selected by the Indianapolis Colts
2016: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor -- selected by the Cleveland Browns
2015: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin -- selected by the Los Angeles (then-San Diego) Chargers
2014: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State -- selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers
2013: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas -- selected by the New Orleans Saints
2012: Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia -- selected by the Seattle Seahawks
2011: Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida -- selected by the Miami Dolphins
2010: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida -- selected by the New York Giants
2009: Brian Cushing, LB, USC -- selected by the Houston Texans
So who will the Redskins take at No. 15? In his latest mock draft, NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig has Washington selecting Florida State edge rusher/defensive end Brian Burns.
The Redskins have needs at many different positions, so the direction they choose to go with No. 15 is still plenty in question.
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