Redskins lead the NFL in first-round draft picks
I've noted previously that the Redskins have the oldest roster in the NFL. I've also noted that the team was judged to have the least young talent in the NFL. But here's a new one: the Redskins also have the most former first-round picks on their roster of any NFL team.
Reader Jared sent along this fairly incredible statistic: the Redskins currently have 16 former first-rounders on their 80-man roster, which means a full 20 percent of the team was drafted in the first round. Furthermore, nine of these players were added in the offseason, which means the team averaged more than one first-rounder a month since the Maroon and Black Era ended.
To see how this compared to other NFL teams, I consulted Bill Barnwell, managing editor of Football Outsiders. (Please, buy the Almanac.) According to his quick survey, the Redskins are tops in the league in this category. The Jets have 15 first-rounders, the Raiders and Ravens have 13 each, and the Patriots and Cowboys have 12.
And to add further context, Barnwell found that only four teams have ever had 16 or more first-rounders play in a game since 1993. Three of those teams were the Oakland Raiders.
Last season, Barnwell told me, the Redskins had 12 former first-rounders, behind only the Jets (14) and Raiders (13). The Redskins' former first-rounders combined for 87 starts last season, behind only the Cowboys (94).
And it would sure seem that at least 15 of the Redskins' current crop of first-rounders will make the final 53-man roster: Rex Grossman, Donovan McNabb, Larry Johnson, Joey Galloway, Santana Moss, Jammal Brown, Trent Williams, Adam Carriker, Albert Haynesworth, Andre Carter, Brian Orakpo, Phillip Buchanon, DeAngelo Hall, LaRon Landry and Carlos Rogers. I guess Vonnie Holliday is a maybe.
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