The following five drafts were pivotal in the history of the Washington Redskins. These five provided the players that would contribute in winning Super Bowls, who would become Redskins legends, and who would take their place among the greatest players in the history of the National Football League.
The 1980 draft was only important because of a single pick. Art Monk was taken in the first round by the Redskins and would go on to play a major role in all three of Washington's Super Bowl victories.
Now enshrined in Canton, the three-time Pro Bowler still holds many team records including most career receptions (888), most career receiving yards (12,026), most receptions in a single game (13 against Detroit in 1990), and most receptions in a season (106, 1984).
Like No. 5 on this list, the Redskins' draft of 1937 was important because of one man: Sammy Baugh. Arguably the greatest Redskins player of all-time, Baugh set a slew of NFL records by the time he retired. Most impressive was his versatility: he played quarterback, defensive back, and punter, and was an All-Pro at all three positions.
He was the only player to ever lead the league in passing, punting, and interceptions in the same year (1943). Not only one of the greatest Redskins, Baugh is one of the greatest NFL players of all time.
With their first pick in 1983, the Redskins chose a man who would later be dubbed "Mr. Redskin:" Darrell Green. One of the fastest players to ever play the game, Green was also one of the toughest and most durable.
He was a key part of the Redskins three Super Bowl wins, and he was the epitome of class as the face of the organization.
In addition to the timeless Green in the first round, the Redskins snagged Charles Mann in the third. Mann's solid play led to 82 career sacks and four Pro Bowl appearances with the Skins.
The draft of 1964 would provide Washington with three of the all-time great Redskins. In the first round, the Skins selected running back Charley Taylor. Hall of Famer Taylor would appear in the Pro Bowl six times and still holds team records for most career touchdowns (90) and second most receptions (649).
In the second round, the Redskins chose Paul Krause, a defensive back who still holds the NFL record for most interceptions (81). Although he only played his first four seasons with Redskins, he recorded 28 interceptions during that span.
In the ninth round, the Redskins picked up a steal in center Len Hauss. He started 192 consecutive games for the Skins between 1964-72, and was a six time Pro Bowler.
There is little argument that 1981 was the greatest draft of all time in Redskins history. The 1981 draft had a bigger impact on the Redskins' three Super Bowl victories than any other.
In the first round, the Redskins chose Mark May. An original member of the Hogs, he played in 123 games for Washington and was a key cog in the offensive line for two of the Skins' championship teams.
In the third round, the Skins drafted guard Russ Grimm. He was also an original member of the Hogs, and played in all three of the Redskins championship teams. The four time Pro Bowler Grimm played his entire career with the Redskins (140 games).
In the fifth round, the Redskins selected a quarterback terror, defensive end Dexter Manley. The Redskins' career sack leader with 97.5, he was a vital component to the 1987-88 championship team. His best year was 1986, when he registered 18.5 sacks.
Outside of the three jewels of this draft class, there were also some key role players for the Skins found in other rounds. Pro Bowl wide receiver Charlie Brown was drafted in the eighth round, and was one of the better receivers int he league while with Washington.
Daryl Grant was a guard drafted in the ninth (who the Redskins converted into a defensive tackle), playing and solidly contributing in 141 games for the Skins between '81 and '90.