The release of David Amerson on Monday further thinned the ranks of players the Redskins drafted who are still making an impact on the team.
The team took the cornerback in the second round in 2013. Now, after just two seasons, there are just two players left from the seven that Mike Shanahan drafted that year. Third-round tight end Jordan Reed is a starter, although he was second on the depth chart until Niles Paul went out for the season with an ankle injury. Chris Thompson, selected in the fifth round, is the third-down back and occasional kickoff returner.
Let’s compare that group to the Packers’ draft class of 2013. Of the 11 players the selected, seven are still on the team. Three of them, left tackle David Bakhtiari, running back Eddie Lacy, and safety Micah Hyde, are starting.
The really bad news here is that 2013 has competition for being the worst draft class of recent seasons. Players drafted in 2011 should just be entering their prime seasons for the teams that drafted them. Ryan Kerrigan, Washington’s first-round pick that year, is doing just that, having signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension in July. But only he and Paul, a fifth-round pick, are left from the 12 players picked that year.
A few years ago it looked like the 2012 class would be an all-timer for Washington, with Robert Griffin III looking great as the top picks and Alfred Morris paying big dividends as a sixth-round pick. Even though Griffin has now been benched, perhaps permanently, fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins is staring at quarterback. Fourth-rounder Keenan Robinson look like the real deal at Mike linebacker and Josh LeRibeus (3rd round) and Tom Compton (6th) are reserve offensive linemen.
To wrap up the recent classes, 2014 is a mixed bad. This is the only draft class where Bruce Allen had final say on who was picked. Three of the top four selections, OLB Trent Murphy (2nd round), OT Morgan Moses (3rd), and CB Bashaud Breeland (4th) are either starter or major contributors. G Spencer Long (3rd) and WR Ryan Grant (5th) are solid reserves. But a team that needs special teams help got nothing from its last three picks as RB Lache Seastrunk (6th), TE Ted Bolser (7th), and K Zack Hocker (7th).
The very early returns on the 2015 group are looking favorable. Seven of the team’s 10 picks are on the 53-man roster. Brandon Scherff (1st round) is starting at right guard and both OLB Preston Smith (2nd) and RB Matt Jones (3rd) are contributing. Jamison Crowder (4th) is returning punts and S Kyshoen Jarrett did a nice job filling in as the nickel corner in a pinch against the Rams.