Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 10, 17 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 7
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 32
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 44
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 153
The best No. 17 draft picks ever
What kind of player can the Redskins get at No. 17? They can get a Hall of Famer or they can get a player who doesn’t start a single game. Here is a look at the best five players taken with pick No. 17 since the 1970 merger.
1990, Emmitt Smith, RB, Cowboys—At 5-9, some thought Smith was too short to succeed in the NFL but he went on to become the all-time leading rusher in history. After getting his feet wet as a rookie, Smith led the NFL in rushing four out of the next five years. If the Redskins go running back at 17 they will hope he is half as good as Smith.
2001, Steve Hutchinson, G, Seahawks—He won’t be eligible to be in the Hall of Fame until the 2018 selection process. Hutchinson may not make it on the first try but his five first-team All-Pro selections with both the Seahawks and Vikings should get him in eventually.
2007, Chad Greenway, LB, Vikings—The career-long Viking was a steady playmaker in Minnesota until he retired last month. His career stat line shows 11 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight forced fumbles, 11 recovered fumbles, and 18 sacks.
2010, Mike Iupati, G, 49ers—Maybe going guard at No. 17 isn’t the worst thing he in the world but he would need to be at least as good as Iupati, who has four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro selection on his resume.
1978, Doug Williams, QB, Bucs—Redskins fans remember him well from his Super Bowl XXII heroics but he had some good seasons with the Bucs. In December if 1979, about 24 months after the Bucs lost to go to 0-26 in their existence, Williams led them to their first playoff appearance as they won the NFC Central. His star in Tampa faded, however, and after a three-year stint in the USFL he joined the Redskins and the rest is history.
Honorable mention: CB Louis Wright (1975) was a two-time All-Pro for the Broncos. The last defensive linemen the Redskins selected in the first round, DE Kenard Lang (1997), had a pretty solid career but only the beginning was in Washington; he left for the Browns as a free agent after five years with the Redskins. S Johnnie Johnson was a takeaway machine, with 22 interceptions and 22 fumb1e recoveries in 10 seasons, mostly with the Rams. I don’t think that anyone would take a kicker at No. 17 in today’s NFL but if you do you’d better get as much out of him as the Raiders have gotten from Sebastian Janikowski in his 17 seasons.
Besides Lang, the Redskins have taken two other players with the 17th pick since the merger. DT Bobby Wilson (1991) collected a Super Bowl ring as a rookie but he accomplished little else in four seasons with the Redskins. CB Tom Carter (1993) had a better career, tallying 27 interceptions in nine NFL seasons with the Redskins, Bears, and Bengals.
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