Go ahead and chalk this up as unique to say the least.
While the Washington Redskins enter Thursday’s draft with no first-round pick for the second consecutive season, this is not the first time the franchise has dealt with this scenario. In fact, this two-year span of not having a draft pick is one-fifth the length in which the Redskins endured their longest period of not having a draft pick.
That is not a mistake in math, Redskins fans. From 1969 to 1979 the Redskins did not have a first round pick. Not one.
But, just as they did last year with the selections of David Amerson and Jordan Reed, the Redskins excelled in later round draft strategy during that period.
A quick look back at some of the top picks from that 10-year span:
Per NFL.com’s Mind-blowing stats series:
The Washington Redskins went 11 years without first-round picks, from 1969 to 1979. When the Redskins finally had their own pick in 1980, GM Bobby Beathard struck gold, selecting Art Monk of Syracuse with the 18th overall pick. Monk would go on to catch 888 passes in 14 years with the Redskins, earning three Super Bowl rings.
In the eighth-round of the first draft without a first rounder (1969), the Redskins landed this guy by the name of Larry Brown.
Yeah, that Larry Brown.
At the ripe age of 22, Brown gave the Redskins something they hadn’t had in nearly 20 years—a running back who could carry the entire load.
In 14 games, Brown rushed for 888 yards and caught an additional 302 yards. At the time, his 888 rushing yards were the second most in franchise history to only Rob Goode’s 951 in 1951.
But, unlike Goode who couldn’t replicate his numbers from the 1951 season again, Brown got better and better as time went on.
In eight seasons with the Redskins, Brown accumulated over 8,000 yards from scrimmage and was a two-time All-Pro.
During his best statistical seasons, he never had to worry about left ends coming through the line. Credit goes to George Starke for the peace of mind.
Drafted in the 11th round of the 1971 draft, Starke was a consistent force on Washington’s front line.
With age catching up to Brown, the Redskins tapped Mike Thomas, a fifth-round pick in 1975, to be his replacement.
In his first season with the burgundy and gold, Thomas ran for 919 yards and tacked on an additional 483 receiving yards. Oh, and he won Rookie of the Year honors. Can’t ask for too much more from a rookie replacing a legend.
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