What a difference a year or two makes at Redskins Park. In Mike Shanahan’s first year at the helm, we had players like Donovan McNabb, Clinton Portis, Artis Hicks, Casey Rabach and Joey Galloway starting on offense. On defense we had Kedric Golston, Ma’ake Kemoeatu, Andre Carter and Kareem Moore starting on defense.
Incredibly, since the 2010 season, only six starters have the same role: Santana Moss (who probably isn’t even starting, but I’m still putting him in here), Trent Williams, Adam Carriker, Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall.
The point that I am trying to make is this is Mike Shanahan’s team. The 53-man roster has been handpicked from the coaching staff that is supposed to bring back a franchise that has been irrelevant for 20 years.
For those who are interested in how players were acquired, where and when they were drafted, as well as some additional information, then this is the article for you.
Below is a complete dissection of this year’s Washington Redskins.
The Redskins players are made up from conferences all over the country as well as different divisions.
The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference are tied for the most players with 10 representatives from both.
The Big 12 is just behind them with nine players.
Even though the SEC dominates college football, they only have four players on this team, the same number as the Pacific 12. There are also four Redskins who come from the Division II or III ranks.
The Conference USA and D-I FCS are tied with three apiece as well.
The MAC and Sun Belt each have one representative as well as one Notre Dame player—Jordan Black; the Irish are independent.
Punter Sav Rocca is Australian and didn’t participate in NCAA football.
That leaves the inferior Big East Conference without a single player coming from their ranks. The Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference don’t have a player either.
The Redskins are made up of players from national powerhouses like LSU, USC and Texas all the way to Mount Union and Northwood.
There are currently four former Nebraska Cornhuskers, the most of any team, on the roster: Adam Carriker, Niles Paul, Roy Helu, Jr. and DeJon Gomes—three of whom were drafted last year.
There are four colleges that have three players each on the roster: Aldrick Robinson, Josh LeRibeus and Richard Crawford went to SMU; Texas alumni Brian Orakpo, Cedric Griffin and Keenan Robinson; former Virginia Tech players DeAngelo Hall, Will Montgomery and Josh Morgan; and, of course, Miami with Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Brandon Meriweather.
There are five colleges that have two players each on the roster: California's Lorenzo Alexander and Nick Sundberg; Kansas State Wildcats Brandon Banks and Rob Jackson; Jarvis Jenkins and Crezdon Butler attended Clemson; Florida alums Rex Grossman and Maurice Hurt; Maryland players Josh Wilson and Madieu Williams; Oklahoma Sooners Trent Williams and Chris Chester; and Iowa's Jordan Bernstine and Adam Gettis.
The rest of the roster is made up of one player each from these colleges: Hampton, Notre Dame, Hofstra, Kansas, Northwestern, Michigan State, Drake, USC, Northern Colorado, John Carroll, Mount Union, Georgia, Baylor, Purdue, Bowling Green, FAU, UCLA, Coloado, LSU, Lakeside, Penn State, Northwood and Villanova.
With the release of Chris Cooley, Santana Moss is now the longest-tenured Redskin on the team. The Redskins are mostly comprised of youngsters with less of an emphasis on free agents. Here’s what the team’s overall tenure looks like.
There are eight rookies on the current roster: Robert Griffin, Josh LeRibeus, Kirk Cousins, Keenan Robinson, Adam Gettis, Alfred Morris, Richard Crawford and Jordan Bernstine.
Nine veterans who are in their first year in Washington: Pierre Garcon, Cedric Griffin, Brandon Meriweather, Josh Morgan, Madieu Williams, Billy Cundiff, Dezmon Briscoe, Jordan Black and Crezdon Butler.
Stemming from last year’s overhaul, 16 Redskins are in their second year in the district: Chris Baker, Josh Wilson, Evan Royster, Sav Rocca, Aldrick Robinson, Tyler Polumbus, Niles Paul, Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins, Maurice Hurt, Roy Helu, Jr., Leonard Hankerson, DeJon Gomes, Barry Cofield, Chris Chester and Stephen Bowen.
Nine players are playing their third year in a Redskins uniform: Brandon Banks, Adam Carriker, Rex Grossman, Kory Lichtensteiger, Perry Riley, Nick Sundberg, Trent Williams, Darrel Young and Logan Paulsen.
Only three players are in their fourth year: Will Montgomery, Brian Orakpo, Chris Wilson—who spent three previous seasons in Washington before being out of football last season—and only three players are in their fifth year in Washington: Fred Davis, DeAngelo Hall and Rob Jackson.
Two players are in their sixth year: Lorenzo Alexander and London Fletcher. Tthe same goes for Redskins in their seventh year: Kedric Golston and Reed Doughty.
Santana Moss is in his eighth year after a trade from the New York Jets.
A team doesn’t win games with just their first-round picks. A roster needs to be made up of athletes coming from every round plus undrafted free agents, too. Here’s what they look like in order.
There are an incredible 12 Redskins on the team that went undrafted. That’s hard to believe but Lorenzo Alexander, Brandon Banks, Stephen Bowen, London Fletcher, Tyler Polumbus, Sav Rocca, Nick Sundberg, Darrel Young, Billy Cundiff, Chris Wilson, Chris Baker and Logan Paulsen never heard their name called by the commissioner.
Nine current Redskins that were selected in Round 1: Adam Carriker, Robert Griffin III, Rex Grossman, DeAngelo Hall, Ryan Kerrigan, Brandon Meriweather, Santana Moss, Brian Orakpo and Trent Williams.
Conversely, there were almost as many Redskins who were selected in the sixth round: Reed Doughty, Pierre Garcon, Kedric Golston, Josh Morgan, Alfred Morris, Aldrick Robinson, Evan Royster and Dezmon Briscoe.
There were six Redskins who were selected in the second round—Chris Chester, Fred Davis, Cedric Griffin, Jarvis Jenkins, Madieu Williams and Josh Wilson—to match with the six Redskins that were selected in the fourth round: Barry Cofield, Kirk Cousins, Roy Helu, Jr., Kory Lichtensteiger, Perry Riley and Keenan Robinson.
Coincidentally, five Redskins that were selected in the fifth round: Adam Gettis, DeJon Gomes, Niles Paul, Jordan Black and Crezdon Butler.
Seventh-round Redskins include: Jordan Bernstine, Richard Crawford, Maurice Hurt, Rob Jackson and Will Montgomery.
Finally, only two players were picked in the third round: Leonard Hankerson and Josh LeRibeus.
An organization that was once dominated free agency is taking a more balanced approach after two heavy drafts the past two years. Here’s how it turned out:
27 current Redskins were acquired via free agency. Please note that this statistic is skewed because it includes undrafted free agents: Lorenzo Alexander, Brandon Banks, Stephen Bowen, Chris Chester, Barry Cofield, London Fletcher, Pierre Garcon, Cedric Griffin, Rex Grossman, DeAngelo Hall, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Meriweather, Will Montgomery, Josh Morgan, Tyler Polumbus, Sav Rocca, Nick Sundberg, Madieu Williams, Josh Wilson, Darrel Young, Billy Cundiff, Chris Wilson, Dezmon Briscoe, Jordan Black, Crezdon Butler, Chris Baker and Logan Paulsen.
The other 24 Redskins that were drafted by this organization: Jordan Bernstine, Kirk Cousins, Richard Crawford, Fred Davis, Reed Doughty, Adam Gettis, Kedric Golston, DeJon Gomes, Robert Griffin III, Leonard Hankerson, Roy Helu, Jr., Maurice Hurt, Rob Jackson, Jarvis Jenkins, Ryan Kerrigan, Josh LeRibeus, Alfred Morris, Brian Orakpo, Niles Paul, Perry Riley, Aldrick Robinson, Keenan Robinson, Evan Royster and Trent Williams.
Only two Redskins were acquired via trade: Santana Moss and Adam Carriker.
Which Redskins have been recognized by his peers, coaches and fans?
There are only six Redskins who have been to a Pro Bowl: London Fletcher (three), DeAngelo Hall (three), Brandon Meriweather (two), Santana Moss (two), Brian Orakpo (two) and Billy Cundiff (one).
Only two Redskins have been Super Bowl winners: London Fletcher in St. Louis and Barry Cofield with the New York Giants.
My favorite section: the local players; the guys I remember reading about in the Washington Post Sports section. It has to be an incredible feeling to play in front of your hometown, friends and family.
Center Will Montgomery is from Clifton, Virginia and went to Centreville High School.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan is from Washington, DC and went to H.D. Woodson High School.
Running back Evan Royster is from Chantilly, Virginia and went to Westfield High School.
Free safety Madieu Williams is from Lanham, Maryland and went to DuVal High School.
Cornerback Josh Wilson is from Hyattsville, Maryland and went to the famous DeMatha Catholic High School.