Stats: Breaking Down Mike Shanahan's Three Years of Redskins Draft Picks

Greg Fiume

Over 50% of Shanahan's 27 draft picks are in the 6th and 7th rounds.

In the three years of Mike Shanahan's tenure in D.C., the Redskins have drafted 27 players. Here are the details behind those draft picks, which are listed by name at the bottom of this post:

# of draft picks: 27
# of picks in 6th-7th round: 14
# of picks in 1st-3rd round: 6
# of Pro Bowlers: 0 <--- Yikes
Median draft round: 6 <--- Yikes
Average draft round: 5
# of picks traded away in top 4 rounds: 4 (McNabb: 2nd, 4th; J. Brown: 3rd; RGIII: 2nd)

What stands out here is that the median round the Redskins are drafting is the 6th round (most good drafting teams as you'll see below are at 4). Trying to build a roster where over 50% of your picks are at the end of the draft is very difficult. We've seen that first hand with Richard Crawford getting benched and guys not making the jump like Terrence Austin, Markus White, Selvish Capers, and Erik Cook. Shanahan said he wanted to get the roster younger, and certainly more draft picks will do that, but if they can't contribute on the field then trading back down doesn't make much sense does it? Shanahan clearly drafts better the higher the round, so simple math says it's very dumb to trade back. Oh, and three of the four high draft picks Shanahan traded away have been failures...more on that later.

Let's take a better look at how the the 20 Redskins players of the 27 draft picks (74% keep rate) make up the team:

Number of starters: 5 (T. Williams, P. Riley, R. Kerrigan, RGIII, A. Morris)
Number of backups: 16
Number No Longer on Team: 6 (five of which are no longer in NFL)
Number that have been on IR: 5 (Jenkins, Hankerson, Helu, Neild, Bernstine)

So, out of those 27 picks over three years, only 5 are starters. That is abysmal. Let's take a look at what some good drafting teams did over those 3 years:

Green Bay Packers draft stats over 3 years_____

# of draft picks: 25 (2 less than Skins)
# of picks in 6th-7th round: 9 (5 less than Skins)
# of picks in 1st-3rd round: 9 (3 more than Skins)
Median draft round: 5 (1 better than Skins)

23 of the Packers' 25 picks (92%) are still on the roster or practice squad (versus Redskins which is 74%).

NY Giants draft stats over 3 years__________

# of draft picks: 22 (5 less than Skins)
# of picks in 6th-7th round: 8 (6 less than Skins)
# of picks in 1st-3rd round: 9 (3 more than Skins)
Median draft round: 4 (2 better than Skins)

17 of the Giants' 22 picks (77%) are still on the roster or practice squad (versus Redskins which is 74%).

In 2010, along with Mike Shanahan, two other teams had new NFL coaches: Pete Carroll in SEA and Chan Gailey in Buffalo....two equally awful teams like the Redskins. Let's see how they did:

Seattle Seahawks draft stats over 3 years______

# of draft picks: 28 (1 more than Skins)
# of picks in 6th-7th round: 10 (4 less than Skins)
# of picks in 1st-3rd round: 8 (2 more than Skins)
Median draft round: 4.5 (1.5 better than Skins)

23 of the Seahawks' 28 picks (82%) are still on the roster...and they have a 5-4 record right now.

Buffalo Bills draft stats over 3 years___________

# of draft picks: 27 (same as Skins)
# of picks in 6th-7th round: 9 (5 less than Skins)
# of picks in 1st-3rd round: 9 (3 more than Skins)
Median draft round: 4 (2 better than Skins)

17 of the Bills' 28 picks (67%) are still on the roster...and they have a 13-27 record over 3 years. (3-5 this year). So, the Redskins are better than the Bills. Between the 6th-7th rounds, the Bills have kept only 3 out of 9 picks. That's bad.

Let's recap each Redskins draft by year:

2010: When Shanahan came aboard, he was without draft picks in the 3rd round (Jeremy Jarmon Supplemental Draft) and 6th round (Jason Taylor). Not a big deal. Shanahan however shipped out two draft picks for McNabb. A 2010 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick in 2011.

2011: Redskins didn't have 3rd or 4th round picks due to the Jammal Brown and McNabb trades. Shanahan traded back twice to recoup those picks and select Ryan Kerrigan. He also got a 5th round pick for Haynesworth and 6th round pick for McNabb.

2012: Shanahan traded 2nd round pick to STL for RGIII. Skins traded a 6th round pick to move up and take Keenan Robinson.

Conclusion..............

Shanahan can blame the Cerrato and Zorn regime all he wants, but the fact is that based on his track record for drafting well in early rounds, he essentially traded away three starters with the McNabb and Jammal Brown failures. What also gets lost is that all of the trade ups and down he did in the mid rounds to accrue more 6th and 7th round picks, that surely cost the Redskins a couple more starters given how poor the quality of talent is. In accruing the lists above, almost all the other teams had players still on their roster from the 2010 and 2011 drafts in the mid rounds. The Redskins instead had to bring in re-tread, old players to fill these spots, which is where the Redskins are today. Given the lack of 1st round draft picks the next two years is going to sting...badly.

How about we evaluate Mike Shanahan with his own words....

YES!! I love games like this. Well, as I said earlier, 6 of the Redskins 7 draft picks not on the team are out of the league. (Every team has guys out of NFL). Selvish Capers has yet to play a game with the Giants.

As for the 22 cuts, here's a list of players Shanahan cut this year...his 3rd year of building the team. The only players from this year's cuts that made another team are: Anthony Armstrong (released by Miami - free agent), Markus White (signed back by Redskins and released - free agent), Willie Smith (ample playing time with OAK), Richard Quinn (TE Bengals but no playing time). As you can see, that's not too impressive, especially on the defensive side.

I don't think the answer is firing Mike Shanahan, but he needs to stop counting on 6th and 7th round picks to be the guys that can compete for starting spots. There's a reason 31 teams passed on them six times.

Mike Shanahan Draft History.....

2010.....

Round


Pick


Overall


Name


Position


1

4

4

Trent Williams


OT

4

5

103

Perry Riley


LB

6

5

174

Dennis Morris


TE

7

12

219

Terrence Austin


WR

7

22

229

Erik Cook


G

7

24

231

Selvish Capers


OT

2011....

Round


Pick


Overall


Name


Position


1

16

16

Ryan Kerrigan


DE

2

9

41

Jarvis Jenkins


DT

3

15

79

Leonard Hankerson


WR

4

8

105

Roy Helu


RB

5

15

146

DeJon Gomes


S

5

24

155

Niles Paul


WR

6

12

177

Evan Royster


RB

6

13

178

Aldrick Robinson


WR

7

10

213

Brandyn Thompson


CB

7

14

217

Maurice Hurt


OT

7

21

224

Markus White


DE

7

50

253

Chris Neild


DT


2012......

Round


Pick


Overall


Name


Position


1

2

2

Robert Griffin III


QB

3

8

71

Josh LeRibeus


OG

4

7

102

Kirk Cousins


QB

4

24

119

Keenan Robinson


ILB

5

6

141

Adam Gettis


OG

6

3

173

Alfred Morris


RB

6

23

193

Tom Compton


OT

7

6

213

Richard Crawford


CB

7

10

217

Jordan Bernstine


S

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