To date, the Washington Redskins have had 75 drafts that included a number of hits and misses. The 76th edition finds the Redskins in the No. 2 spot with arguably a can't-miss pick. With two franchise quarterbacks available, the only way the team could screw up this pick is if they traded down to pick Morris Claiborne based solely on his Wonderlic score.
A scenario that seems utterly ridiculous now that Vinny Cerrato is no longer with the team. Vontaze Burfict in the first? Cerrato would have done it in a heartbeat.
But under the Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen administration the colossal misses have become a thing of the past. While we cannot say they will not make a mistake in this month's draft, if they happen to miss on a pick, it will pale in comparison to the top five draft mistakes of all time.
For those of you looking for hard-hitting opinions on why the 'Skins shouldn't have used their first-round picks in 1940 and 1941 for QBs Ed Boell and Forest Evashevski while Slingin' Sammy Baugh was revolutionizing the game, I'm sorry. Kudos for knowing those two names because I didn't before today.
I'm sticking to the "Modern Era" of the NFL for this one (1970 onward) because the burgundy and gold have had one of the more unique draft histories than any other team. In fact, from 1970 to 1990 the team only made three first-round selections.
Thankfully those three picks were Art Monk, Mark May and Darrell Green. However, the team consistently traded down from the first or traded away their picks for veterans. For those of you keeping score at home, the Redskins didn't have a single first-round draft pick throughout the 1970's.