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List of Washington Football Team first-round draft picks

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The Washington Football Team is a professional American football team based in the Washington metropolitan area. The team competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. They joined the NFL in 1932 as the Boston Braves.[1] In 1933, the name was changed to the Boston Redskins, with the team moving to Washington, D.C. in 1937.[2] The Redskins name was retired in 2020, with the team taking on the temporarily branding of the Washington Football Team. Washington's first draft selection was Riley Smith, a blocking back from Alabama, in 1936.[3]

Every year in April, each NFL team seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[4]

Washington have selected number one overall twice: Harry Gilmer and Ernie Davis. The team has also selected number two overall three times and number three overall five times. Washington have selected players from the University of Alabama four times, the University of Miami three times, and Penn State University three times.[5] Four eventual Hall of Famers were selected by Washington in the first round: Sammy Baugh, Darrell Green, Art Monk, and Charley Taylor.[6] Two first-round picks by the team have been named NFL Rookie of the Year: quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012 and defensive end Chase Young in 2020.

Two Washington first-round draft picks have died during their football careers. The first was Ernie Davis, who was chosen as the first overall pick in 1962. After being traded to the Cleveland Browns for Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Jackson, Davis was diagnosed with leukemia and died before playing a game with the Browns.[7] The other was Sean Taylor, who the team selected fifth overall in 2004 and who was fatally shot in November 2007.[8]

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Player selections

RB Running back FB Fullback
HB Halfback QB Quarterback
DE Defensive end C Center
G Offensive guard T Offensive tackle
TE Tight end LB Linebacker
WR Wide receiver TE Tight end
DT Defensive tackle NT Nose tackle
S Safety CB Cornerback
Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
First-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1936 2 Riley Smith FB Alabama [a]
1937 6 Sammy Baugh QB TCU
1938 9 Andy Farkas RB Detroit
1939 8 I. B. Hale T TCU
1940 8 Ed Boell QB New York
1941 10 Forest Evashevski QB Michigan
1942 6 Spec Sanders RB Texas
1943 10 Jack Jenkins FB Vanderbilt
1944 8 Mike Micka FB Colgate
1945 8 Jim Hardy QB Southern California
1946 9 Cal Rossi B UCLA [c]
1947 4
1948 1 Harry Gilmer HB Alabama [d]
4 Lowell Tew B Alabama
1949 8 Rob Goode B Texas A&M
1950 6 George Thomas B Oklahoma
1951 4 Leon Heath FB Oklahoma
1952 7 Larry Isbell B Baylor
1953 3 Jack Scarbath B Maryland
1954 8 Steve Meilinger E Kentucky
1955 4 Ralph Guglielmi QB Notre Dame
1956 12 Ed Vereb HB Maryland
1957 9 Don Bosseler FB Miami (FL)
1958 No pick [e]
1959 4 Don Allard QB Boston College
1960 4 Richie Lucas QB Penn State [f]
1961 2 Norm Snead QB Wake Forest [g]
3 Joe Rutgens T Illinois
1962 1 Ernie Davis B Syracuse [h]
1963 7 Pat Richter E Wisconsin
1964 3 Charley Taylor HB Arizona State
1965 No pick [i]
1966 6 Charlie Gogolak K Princeton
1967 13 Ray McDonald RB Idaho
1968 12 Jim Smith DB Oregon
1969 No pick [j]
1970 No pick [k]
1971 [l]
1972 [m]
1973 [n]
1974 [o]
1975 [p]
1976 [q]
1977 [r]
1978 [r]
1979 [s]
1980 18 Art Monk WR Syracuse
1981 20 Mark May T Pittsburgh [t]
1982 No pick [u]
1983 28 Darrell Green CB Texas A&I
1984 No pick [v]
1985 [w]
1986 [x]
1987 [y]
1988 [z]
1990 [aa]
1991 17 Bobby Wilson DT Michigan State [ab]
1992 4 Desmond Howard WR Michigan [ac]
1993 19 Tom Carter DB Notre Dame
1994 3 Heath Shuler QB Tennessee
1995 4 Michael Westbrook WR Colorado
1996 30 Andre Johnson T Penn State [ad][ae]
1997 17 Kenard Lang DE Miami (FL)
1998 No pick [af]
1999 7 Champ Bailey CB Georgia [ag]
2000 2 LaVar Arrington LB Penn State [ah]
3 Chris Samuels T Alabama
2001 15 Rod Gardner WR Clemson
2002 32 Patrick Ramsey QB Tulane [ai]
2003 No pick [aj]
2004 5 Sean Taylor S Miami (FL) [ak]
2005 9 Carlos Rogers CB Auburn
25 Jason Campbell QB [al]
2006 No pick [am]
2007 6 LaRon Landry S LSU
2008 No pick [an]
2009 13 Brian Orakpo LB Texas
2010 4 Trent Williams T Oklahoma
2011 16 Ryan Kerrigan OLB Purdue
2012 2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor [ao]
2013 No pick
2015 5 Brandon Scherff G Iowa
2016 22 Josh Doctson WR TCU
2017 17 Jonathan Allen DT Alabama
2018 13 Daron Payne DT
2019 15 Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
26 Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State [ap]
2020 2 Chase Young DE Ohio State
2021 19 Jamin Davis LB Kentucky


  1. ^ The first player ever selected in the NFL Draft, Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger in 1936, chose not to play in the NFL, thus making Smith the first drafted player to play.[9]
  2. ^ Velin, Bob (April 17, 2002). "'Heisman jinx' started early: Draft's first pick". USA Today. p. SPORTS; Pg. 7C.
  3. ^ The Redskins chose Rossi with the 9th overall pick. However, he was a junior and not eligible to be drafted. They chose him again in the 1947 NFL Draft, but he never had any intention to play football professionally.[b]
  4. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1948 was a lottery bonus pick.
  5. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1958 was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for Rudy Bukich.
  6. ^ Opted to sign with the Buffalo Bills of the newly formed American Football League
  7. ^ The Redskins acquired their first pick in 1961 from the Dallas Cowboys, along with a sixth round pick, for Eddie LeBaron.
  8. ^ The Redskins traded the rights to Davis, the first African-American selected first overall in the draft, to the Cleveland Browns for the Browns' rights to Leroy Jackson. Davis was later diagnosed with leukemia and died before playing a game with the Browns.[10]
  9. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1965 was traded to the Chicago Bears for Angelo Coia and Fred Williams.
  10. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1969 was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for the rights to Gary Beban.
  11. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1970 was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1968 for Walt Rock.
  12. ^ The Redskins' traded their first and third round picks in 1971, their fourth, fifth, and sixth round picks in 1972, and Marlin McKeever to the Los Angeles Rams for Maxie Baughan, Jack Pardee, Myron Pottios, Jeff Jordan, John Wilbur, and Diron Talbert, along with a fifth round pick in 1971.
  13. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1972 was traded to the New York Jets for Verlon Biggs.
  14. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1973 was traded to the Baltimore Colts, along with Cotton Speyrer, for Roy Jefferson and a ninth round pick in 1973 and 1974. The pick was then traded to the San Diego Chargers.
  15. ^ The Los Angeles Rams traded Richie Petitbon to the Redskins for a 1973 sixth round pick, and their 1974 first round pick (revised from 1973 second round pick after Redskins learned they had previously traded 1973 second round pick). The Rams then traded the first round pick to the Chicago Bears.
  16. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1975, along with a second round pick in 1976, was traded to the San Diego Chargers for Duane Thomas.
  17. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1976 was traded to the Miami Dolphins for Joe Theismann.
  18. ^ a b The Redskins' first picks in 1977 and 1978 were traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, along with a second-round pick in 1979, for Dave Butz.
  19. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1979 was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals for Lemar Parrish and Coy Bacon.
  20. ^ The Redskins traded their 9th pick in the 1981 draft to the Los Angeles Rams for the 20th pick and other conditional picks.
  21. ^ The Los Angeles Rams traded their 1981 third round pick (#69-Russ Grimm), two 1981 fifth round picks (#117-Byron Braggs and #132-Gary Sayre), and a 1982 second round pick (#49-Vernon Dean) to the Redskins for their first pick in 1982.
  22. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1984 was traded to the New York Giants for a second-round pick and third-round pick.
  23. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1985 was traded to the New Orleans Saints for George Rogers, and fifth, tenth, and eleventh round picks in 1985.
  24. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1986 was traded to the Atlanta Falcons before the 1985 Draft, along with a second round pick in 1985, for a second round pick in 1985 and 1986.
  25. ^ The San Francisco 49ers traded their 1986 second round pick (#45-Walter Murray) to the Redskins for a 1986 tenth round pick (#270-Harold Hallman) and their 1987 first round pick.
  26. ^ The Redskins' first round picks in 1988 and 1989 were traded to the Chicago Bears, as compensation for Wilber Marshall.
  27. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1990 was traded to the Atlanta Falcons before the 1989 Draft, along with a second round pick in 1989, for Gerald Riggs.
  28. ^ The Redskins acquired their first pick in 1991 from the Houston Oilers via the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys.
  29. ^ The Redskins traded their two first-round picks in 1992 to the Cincinnati Bengals, along with a third round pick in 1992, for the Bengals' first and third round picks in 1992.
  30. ^ The Redskins traded a first-round pick in 1996 to the St. Louis Rams for Sean Gilbert.
  31. ^ The Redskins' acquired the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick (pick 30) in 1996 for a second and third-round pick in 1996.
  32. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 1998 was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals, along with a third-round pick in 1998, as compensation for Dan Wilkinson.
  33. ^ The Redskins' other first round pick, pick 11, in 1999 was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, along with the 73rd pick (third-round) and the 56th overall (fifth-round) pick in the 2000 draft, for quarterback Brad Johnson.
  34. ^ The Redskins' traded their first pick in the 1999 Draft to the New Orleans Saints for their 1999 first round pick, 1999 third round pick, 1999 fourth round pick, 1999 fifth round pick, 1999 sixth round pick, 1999 seventh round pick, 2000 first round pick, and third round pick in 2000. The Saints used that first pick in 1999 to select Ricky Williams. It was the first time that a team traded all but one pick in a draft.
  35. ^ The New England Patriots acquired the Redskins first round pick (21st overall–Daniel Graham) of the 2002 draft in exchange for their 2002 first round pick (32nd overall), third round (96th overall) and seventh round (234th overall).
  36. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 2003 was traded to the New York Jets for Laveranues Coles. The pick was eventually traded to the New England Patriots.
  37. ^ Taylor played for the Redskins for 3½ seasons before being fatally shot during the 2007 NFL season.
  38. ^ The Redskins' second first-round pick in 2005 was acquired from the Denver Broncos for Washington's third-round pick in 2005, as well as their first pick in 2006 and a fourth round pick in 2006.
  39. ^ The Redskins' first pick in 2006 was traded to the San Francisco 49ers via the Denver Broncos. It was part of the 2005 Draft transaction between Washington and Denver. See citation above.
  40. ^ The Atlanta Falcons traded two 2008 second round picks (#34-Devin Thomas and #48-Fred Davis), and a 2008 fourth round pick (which was then traded to the Tennessee Titans who drafted William Hayes) to the Redskins for their 2008 first round pick (21st overall–Sam Baker), a 2008 third round pick (#84-Harry Douglas), and a 2008 fifth round pick (#154-Kroy Biermann).
  41. ^ The Redskins acquired the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft from the St. Louis Rams for their No. 6 overall pick in 2012, their second-round pick in 2012, and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
  42. ^ The team traded back into the first using their second round picks in the 2019 and 2020 Drafts to select Sweat.
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  2. ^ "Washington Redskins (1937–present)". Sportsecyclopedia. Retrieved November 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "NFL Draft History: First Round by Team". Retrieved November 15, 2007.
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  6. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 6, 2007.
  7. ^ "The Ernie I knew". Star-Gazette. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  8. ^ "American football: Redskins' Taylor dies after shooting". Associated Press. November 27, 2007. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2007.
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  10. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: The 1960s". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 4, 2007.


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