The Redskins have long since scorned the Draft as a means of player acquisition, accumulating fewer picks in recent years than anyone in our division; probably close to anyone in the league. The Redskins have also experienced disappointing relative failure to its peers in the division and throughout the league on that same time period. And although correlation is hardly causation, the relationship deserves additional discussion. Many fans, myself included, think it's about time we sack up with the Draft, or at least buy it a drink.
Master4Caster knows what I'm talking about. In a recent article at Running Redskins he calls out the team's ownership and demands a change of direction: Daniel Snyder, lose the "win now" attitude. Part and parcel of his commentary is a criticism of our exiguous draft, typified this year by lacking a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks:
Don't be so quick to give up those multiple draft choices for trades. Maybe when you see what Mike Shanahan, a consistent contender, does with that third round draft he got from you through Atlanta, you will start to get it.
What do you think Gil Brandt?
Whether it was first-round picks like Terry Bradshaw or fourth-rounders like John Stallworth or fifth-rounders like Mike Webster, the plan worked to perfection, and a dynasty was born.
Of the nine players taken by the Philadelphia Eagles, none ever played in a regular-season game for Philadelphia. It's not a coincidence that over the next five years, the Eagles won a total of 10 games, with no winning seasons.