2011 Washington Redskins: Evaluating the Redskins Recent 1st Round Draft Choices

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2011 Washington Redskins: Evaluating the Redskins Recent 1st Round Draft Choices
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Reading other people's mock drafts is funny when you're a Redskins fan.

It seems nearly every mock draft has the Redskins selecting Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in the first round. The reasons for him being selected aren't because of his intangibles, his considerable athleticism or his upside. No, when people mock the Redskins' draft choices, they often find a way to mock the Redskins.

The general consensus?

"The Redskins always take a big name player in the first round over a player they really need."

That the Redskins' draft choices often mirror their free agent signings: big names over productive players, bust, and generally inept drafting.

If you were to believe this course of thought, you'd think the Redskins were amongst the worst drafters in the league and that their first round picks have all blown up in their faces. But, as with many things people think about the Redskins, this simply isn't the case. It's a matter of 1.) getting Redskins fans talking and 2.) insulting the team and Dan Snyder in backhanded way.

The Redskins have had more luck in the first round that one would think. In fact, they've made some bafflingly smart draft choices that make you wonder why the hell they haven't won more football games.

So, let's take a look at the Redskins' recent history in the first round of the draft and see the successes (or failures) the franchise has had.

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