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Redskins lead the NFL in first-round draft picks

(By Nick Wass - AP)

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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 19, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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Maybe the Redskins really lead in signing the big-name, R1 busts of other teams?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | August 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

it all points to the fact that the Scouting and Player acquisition Deptartment headed by Danny & Vinny, was awful.

Posted by: Hattrik | August 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

History will reveal Brian Orakpo to be the one saving grace of the Maroon and Black Era. He's already one of our top 5 players, and he hasn't even started his second season.

I'm also hopeful that LaRon Landry is going to regain his first-round form when he's back at strong safety. That's where he should have been playing all along.

Posted by: drischord | August 19, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Well note this Dr. Dan this 80 man roster carries 19 players 30 or older that leaves 50 29 and younger, still of those 30 and over how many will actually be on the opening day roster? Secondly at least with this new regime the players who are kept at age 30 or older will surely have to be productive just as those 29 and younger. And why is it every article written or blog or post is always a bunch of negativity does anyone at the WP try and put any positive spin on anything. Every story seems to be based off of the Zorn era and the inmates running the asylum, well guess what Zorn is gone the adults are in charge forget about the past it's a new day a different team with much better leadership in case you and your colleagues haven't noticed as a matter of fact I think the sports department here could use an infusion of new leadership to take this crappy writing to a new level/direction.

Posted by: papaskynz | August 19, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And everyone seems to forget that the CBA/uncapped year free agency rules kept a lot of talent off the market that we might have used to get younger. In any case, this is pointless until there are only 53 players on the team to make comparisons. And it is meaningless until we find out how competitive the team is and how injury-prone. If this team does well, who cares about the age. And if they don't do well, then age will only be one factor in the post-mortem.

Posted by: StevenGrossman | August 19, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Tom Landry said in 1982 that the Redskins didn't really have that much talent on their roster but only got 'hot' during the season.

Of course the team came back in 1983 and went 14-2, so beauty is sometimes in the eyes of the beholder.

This Redskins' team is not the most talented in club history, but it is underrated given the changes that have been made.

Carriker, Kemoeatu and Haynesworth could form a very formidable 3-4 front in 2010 on defense and match anything that the Giants or Eagles have.

Williams and Brown if healthy look to be among the best sets of OTs in the NFC.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | August 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

And Clinton Portis should have been a 1st round pick.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 19, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams was a 1, and the skins lost 2 this offseason.

Posted by: bobnowell | August 19, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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