The NFL Draft is a crapshoot. No matter what the film and stats show, so many variables go in to determining whether a player will succeed at the highest level. The Washington Redskins have tried their best at this glorified guessing game through the years -- with notable booms and busts along the way. Today, Breaking Burgundy takes a look at the franchise's three worst first-round draft selections of the 21st century.
3. LaRon Landry - 6th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft
In 2007, Landry (No. 30) and Sean Taylor (No. 21) formed one of the most feared safety tandems in the NFL, "Area 51." By 2010, the hard-hitting Landry was looking like a cornerstone of Washington's defense for the coming decade. But a torn Achilles brought his season to a premature close. Not wanting to have surgery on the tendon, Landry opted for platelet-rich plasma treatments instead. However, that didn't solve the matter, and Landry landed on injured reserve again in 2011 due to continuing issues with his Achilles tendon. That is how his tenure in burgundy and gold ended. With the likes of Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, Darrelle Revis, Joe Staley and many more Pro Bowlers taken after Landry during 2007's first round, Washington would definitely like a do-over.
2. Robert Griffin III - 2nd overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft
Many will wonder why Griffin isn't topping this list for simply costing the franchise four picks, but I believe too many do not fully appreciate his magical rookie campaign. Griffin delivered the team's first division title in 13 years by throwing for 3,200 yards, rushing for 815 more and posting a 37:7 touchdown-to-turnover ratio. Of course, things went downhill fast for the former Baylor star. A pair of knee injuries brought his electric debut to a dispiriting end. Offseason ACL reconstruction limited his mobility and he found himself on the bench for the final few games of 2013. Griffin butted heads with Mike Shanahan and never gelled with Jay Gruden. Then there was the dislocated ankle early in 2014 and another batch of so-so performances that made the Robert Griffin of 2012 seem like an historical relic. Washington mortgaged its future for one division title, and RGIII ended up losing his job -- and his title of franchise player -- to the quarterback who was taken three rounds after him in the same draft.
1. Patrick Ramsey - 32nd overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft
The Redskins should have known they would end up in trouble when they were forced to draft for need in 2002. Ramsey was selected to replace Tony Banks under center but started just 24 games through four seasons in D.C. He completed 55.6 percent of his throws and took an average of 3.1 sacks per game from 2002-04. He was then demoted to Mark Brunell's backup after suffering a minor neck injury in Week 1 of the 2005 season. In total with Washington, Ramsey compiled a 10-14 record, 34 touchdowns, 29 interceptions and a very mediocre 75.0 quarterback rating with Washington. Mediocrity is not what you want from a first-round pick.
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