A lot of comments have been made concerning the lack of interior offensive linemen by the Redskins over recent years. This is the true situation, however, linemen selected in the first few rounds generally have long and productive NFL careers.
Randy Thomas was the 10th interior lineman (LM) and 3rd guard selected in the 1999 draft. Chris Samuels was the 1st LM selected in the 2000 draft. Casey Rabach was the 10th LM and 1st center selected in the 2001 draft. Mike Williams was the 1st LM selected in the 2002 draft. Derrick Dockery was the 14th LM and 3rd guard selected in the2003 draft. Chad Rinehart was the 13 LM selected in the 2008 draft. Most often only the 1st round selections play and start 16 games. So far Mike Williams has not accomplished much considering his position in the draft and Chad Rinehart's lack of playing time is not so unusual for a 3rd rounder. Jeremy Bridges was a 6th round pick and Stephan Heyer was an undrafted free agent. It would be nice to have a picket fence of 1st rounders. ;)
Since 1995 604 LM, 101 centers, 212 guards, and 291 tackles have been selected in the draft. First, 2nd, and 3rd round picks amounted to 226 players. In the years 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1995 there were respectively 36, 40, 42, 50, 50, 41, 41, 34, 41, 32, 39, 43, 34, 39, and 42 LM selected in all rounds and 9, 10, 9, 11, 9, 7, 8, 11, 7, 11, 11, 10, 8, 10, 16 in the 1st 2 rounds. Since 2002 there have been 32 teams in the league and obviously only a few teams can get the most highly regarded players in a given year. While the Redskins have had scant pickings in the draft, the typical NFL team is nearly on a par with them considering free agents and trades.