Ranking all 15 Redskins first-round picks from the 2000s
A worst to first ranking of each first-rounder by the Redskins in the 2000s
In this millennium, the Redskins have made 15 selections in the first round of the NFL Draft. Starting with LaVar Arrington and ending with Jonathan Allen, Washington has had its fair share of hits and misses, like many other franchises.
Barring a trade, Washington is slated to pick up another first-rounder on April 26. But before they do so, refresh yourself on all they've done in football's most popular offseason event with this worst-to-first ranking of every 'Skins first-round choice since 2000.
15) Patrick Ramsey (2002)
This gallery will teach you at least one thing: The Redskins didn't have much luck with 2000s first-round QBs.
Ramsey, the last pick of the first round in 2002, didn't have a lot of fun in Steve Spurrier's "fun 'n' gun" offense. Under Spurrier and then later Joe Gibbs, the passer was shuffled in and out as a starter and never came close to finding any success.
He finally left D.C. in 2006 and bounced around with seven more teams before hanging it up in 2010.
14) Rod Gardner (2001)
The Redskins selected Rod Gardner with the hopes of him turning into a dominant, No. 1-type receiver, and he did that — for one out of four seasons with the organization.
He was a beast in his second year, catching 70 balls for 8 touchdowns. Other than that splash, however, he was awfully inconsistent and will ultimately be rememberd for his not-so-kind nickname "50-50," (as in, the odds of him coming down with a catch were basically equal to a coin flip).
13) Josh Doctson (2016)
Josh Doctson is two years into a Redskins career that has been disappointing. And it's in his hands to change that.
After losing most of his first year in the league to foot issues, Doctson proved he could handle the wear and tear of an NFL schedule but didn't prove he could consistently produce over the course of one in 2017.
His athleticism was apparent and he made some terrific plays as a sophomore. But those terrific plays need to come much more often for fans and coaches to trust him and ultimately feel like he was worth a first-rounder. If he doesn't, he'll be keeping Rod Gardner company.
12) Jason Campbell (2005)
The Redskins shipped away three draft picks to move up and draft Jason Campbell in the later portion of 2005's first round, but Campbell never proved worth that aggressive decision.
In his three-plus seasons as the 'Skins starter, he topped out at 20 touchdowns and didn't post a QB rating higher than 86.4. To be fair, the offenses in which he played in changed almost yearly, which was likely a huge factor in holding him back.
If you want to be kind, you can say he was solid, but nothing more.
11) LaRon Landry (2007)
Of all the players on this list, Landry was one of the most gifted. And those gifts translated to a strong rookie season and a fourth year with the Redskins where he was one of football's best defenders.
But an Achilles injury halted what could've been a memorable 2010 for the Burgundy and Gold halfway through, and that happened again in 2011. After that, he moved on to other teams before being suspended multiple times by the league for performance-enhancing drugs starting in 2014.
10) Carlos Rogers (2005)
Carlos Rogers was a fine cornerback with the Redskins. Problem is, he could've been much, much more.
Like Rod Gardner, what plagued Rogers was an iffy set of hands. The DB seemed to often be in position to knock passes away, but in many of those instances, he should've been running the other direction with the ball still in his possession instead.
He wasn't a whiff, but 2005's ninth overall selection was far from a home run.
9) Jonathan Allen (2017)
Jonathan Allen has just five games under his belt with the Redskins, thanks to a Lisfranc injury that cut his rookie season short barely more than a month in. Therefore, it's hard to gauge just what Washington has in the D-lineman.
With that being said, Greg Manusky's defense looked much, much better when No. 95 was in the middle compared to when he wasn't. Assuming he can stay healthy for the ensuing years — which, to be honest, may be a big assumption looking at his past — he could easily move up on this list as he gets older.
8) Robert Griffin III (2012)
If you made this gallery back in 2013, after Robert Griffin III took the NFL by storm and completely transformed the Redskins, he would've been up near the top of the list even after just one season.
But his inability to develop as a passer after his rookie year, combined with injury woes and issues with a few coaches, has the former rookie of the year in the middle of the rankings instead of the peak.
Speaking of peaks, though, that's the reason why RG3 is higher than guys like Jason Campbell, Carlos Rogers and Jonathan Allen: None of those guys led Washington to the playoffs or played at the remarkable level No. 10 did back in 2012.
7) Brian Orakpo (2009)
Orakpo's career was similar to LaRon Landry's — his time with the Redskins was eventually derailed due to recurring, devastating injuries — but when healthy, he was far more stable than Landry.
In the four years in which he wasn't sidelined, the pass rusher never finished with fewer than 8.5 sacks and he qualified for the Pro Bowl three times. Two pectoral tears in 2012 and 2014 forced Washington to move on from 'Rak, but he's still producing in Tennessee with the Titans.
6) Brandon Scherff (2015)
Brandon Scherff is everything you want in an offensive lineman: Durable, nasty and constantly improving.
Some still complain that the Redskins took a player who became a guard fifth overall, but the fact of the matter is they ended up with an offensive lineman who started from day one and has already been voted to two Pro Bowls in three years.
If you're ever bored, pull up some tape of him wrecking guys while pass protecting or on screen plays. You won't regret it.
5) LaVar Arrington (2000)
The second overall pick in the 2000 draft, LaVar Arrington had an eventful career in D.C.
In his first three seasons with the 'Skins, Arrington was at times very exciting as a pass rusher, and his best campaign came in 2002 when he posted 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. The man was a total terror for opposing offense.
Yet his last two years were spoiled by knee injuries and clashes with coaches before he flamed out with the Giants. Even with that sour finish, though, Arrington lands in this list's top-five.
4) Ryan Kerrigan (2011)
What has Ryan Kerrigan done since being drafted 16th in 2011? Oh, he's only played in every single game, been to three Pro Bowls, racked up 71.5 sacks, forced 22 fumbles and scored three touchdowns.
On a team that's been far from dependable this century, Kerrigan has been someone every coach, teammate and fan can count on.
3) Sean Taylor (2004)
How's that for a photo, huh?
Every fan of the Burgundy and Gold is well-versed in the story of Sean Taylor, and if his career and life weren't tragically cut short, he'd be far and away the best Redskins first-rounder of the 2000s.
Even with just three-and-a-half seasons on the team, though, Taylor made an enormous impact and certainly earned the status as one of the franchise's best draft choices since the turn of the century.
2) Chris Samuels (2000)
The Redskins didn't have just one top-five pick back in 2000; nope, like the Browns do in 2018, they had two.
After snagging LaVar Arrington second, Washington turned right around and picked Chris Samuels third. And while Arrington may not have lived up to his draft status, Samuels certainly did.
The massive left tackle earned six Pro Bowl nods in his 10 seasons with the team and was largely durable throughout. He was basically Trent Williams before Trent Williams.
1) Trent Williams (2010)
Top-five picks are supposed to turn into perennial Pro Bowlers, but that hasn't always been the case for the Burgundy and Gold as you've surely learned by now. Trent Williams, though, has absolutely panned out since Washington elected to take him fourth in 2010.
Like Chris Samuels before him, Williams has made life easy for the QBs lucky enough to drop back behind him. A couple of drug suspensions are the only thing he's done wrong, but he still gets slotted slightly higher than Samuels thanks to his incredible toughness and because he's made as many Pro Bowls as his predecessor in two fewer campaigns.
When all is said and done, there's a very good chance you'll be able to visit Canton and see a bust of No. 71 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.