Re-Grading Washington Redskins' Past 5 Drafts

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Re-Grading Washington Redskins' Past 5 Drafts
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Well known for his ill-fated splashes in free agency, Dan Snyder hasn't fared much better in the NFL draft.

The Washington Redskins' failures in free agency gets most of the attention, but the team can attribute its seemingly annual absence from the postseason to a poor track record in the NFL draft.

Of Washington's 22 projected starters—via ESPN.com—only eight were acquired through the draft.

Considering that Robert Griffin III's team-friendly rookie contract is slated to expire in two seasons, this obsolete method of team building will soon be one the team can no longer afford. While the 'Skins have hit on their first-round picks—when they've had them—the past five seasons, the team's thin roster is a testament to the failures in the rounds thereafter.

With that said, let's take a look at Washington's' past five drafts and regrade them.

In evaluating each draft pick, a player's impact, in correlation with his draft position, will be used as grading criteria.

Additionally, in composing a grade for an entire draft class, the marks for the prospects taken in the first four rounds will hold more weight than the players selected in the latter rounds.

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