2009 NFL draft one year later: Washington Redskins

The Redskins scored with the 13th overall pick when there got LB Brian Orakpo, and they are lucky they did because the rest of this draft class did next to nothing. A year ago I was critical of the decisions made by this front office, a year later they shot callers are gone and a new regime is in town. Orakpo made the pro bowl and should be a fixture on the Redskins defense for years to come. Other than that they spent five draft picks on nothing. That goes to show that NFL executives must do well on draft day or risk losing their jobs later.

A quick look at the 2009 Redskins draft class:

  • Round One (13)- Brian Orakpo LB/DE
  • Round Three (80)- Kevin Barnes CB
  • Round Five (158)- Cody Glenn LB
  • Round Six (186)- Robert Henderson LB
  • Round Seven (221)- Eddie Williams TE/FB
  • Round Seven (243)- Marko Mitchell WR

So Orakpo makes the pro bowl, Barnes is a healthy scratch for 12 games, Glenn was cut in training camp and ended up playing nine games with the Indianapolis Colts, Henson made two tackles in six games, Williams was on the practice squad then broke his leg, and Marko played in 10 games and made four catches.

Sure, final draft day grade don’t come for about five years into a players career, but this is a pretty bad draft class by any standards. Orakpo saves it from being a failed draft, but this isn’t much better than a solid D.

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