Washington Redskins Top Ten Biggest Draft Successes: Dexter Manley

Starting today and for the next 20, we will be counting down (or up, or sideways) the Top 10 Draft Successes and Top 10 Draft Busts of the Washington Redskins. The NFL Draft remains on the calendar, and is the only NFL event we are guaranteed at this point. I need it mostly because I spent an entire post this morning talking about the Country Music Awards, which was kind of a low even for me.

We'll start out on the bright side of the street, with ten selections for Draft Successes. We'll pull it all together and have a Hogs Haven vote to determine the ultimate ranking and then move on to Top Ten Draft Busts. Looking forward to your comments and suggestions in the comments section below for this whole series.

Our first Draft Success:

Dexter Manley

5th round selection in the 1981 NFL draft

His career sack total is kind of a moving target, since sacks were not an officially recorded stat in his rookie year. We'll count six rookie sacks toward his career total and give him credit for 103.5 today. A good question to ask Dexter if you ever run into him is how many sacks does he think he has.

Dexter was a Pro Bowler in 1986, after an 18.5 sack season. He was a two-time All-Pro selection and is a member of the 70 Greatest Redskins. Even if we conveniently ignore the fact that Dexter was eventually banned for life from the NFL on failed drug tests, his contribution on the field in pads is impossible to ignore. To get what the Redskins got out of him as a player out of the 5th round makes Dexter a pretty huge draft success.

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