Forget about drafting in the first, second or third rounds if you’re a Redskins fan - the fourth round is where it’s at!
Most draft pundits will tell you that rounds one through three are where it’s at, and after that, it’s pretty much a crap-shoot; but not for the Redskins.
Since 2010, the Washington Redskins have had 10 fourth round picks, and have made the most of them. Every one of these players was at one time, a starter for the team.
2010 - Perry Riley Jr. (63)
2011 - Roy Helu Jr. (5)
2012 - Kirk Cousins (57), Keenan Robinson (21)
2013 - Phillip Thomas (4)
2014 - Bashaud Breeland (57)
2015 - Jamison Crowder (21), Arie Kouandjio (17)
2017 - Samaje Perine (8), Montae Nicholson (6)
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Between 2010-2017, we have seen the following amount of players per round and starts by those players:
Second and Third round - 13 players, 219 combined starts
Fourth round - 10 players, 259 combined starts
The Redskins fourth round picks, with three less players over that same time span, have had 40 more starts than our second and third rounders combined.
There is a good chance that one of the Redskins fourth round picks, Kirk Cousins, could become the highest paid player in the NFL in 2018.
So what makes the fourth round so special for the Redskins? Good Scouting? Excellent coaching and player development? Players exceeding lower expectations? Luck?
Please discuss this most unusual phenomenon in the comments section.