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 best second-round draft selections of the 21st century.
3. Ladell Betts - 56th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft
The longtime backup to Clinton Portis, Betts was actually a solid change-of-pace player for Washington for eight seasons. He rushed for 3,176 yards and added another 1,505 yards as a receiver. The Iowa product had his best year in 2006; with Portis injured, Betts accumulated 1,599 yards from scrimmage. A career 4.1 yards-per-attempt rusher, Betts finished his career with one season in New Orleans after getting cut by the Redskins in March 2010.
2. Rocky McIntosh - 35th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft
The Redskins sent a second- and a sixth-round pick to the Jets in order to move up in the second round and ensure that they would not lose out on this University of Miami star. The trade worked out in the Redskins' favor as they got a six-year starter in return. A versatile player who converted from outside linebacker to inside linebacker next to London Fletcher when Washington transitioned to its current 3-4 defense, McIntosh recorded 471 combined tackles in 92 games. The Redskins decided against re-signing him following the 2011 season, and McIntosh would end his football career two years later.
1. Fred Smoot - 45th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft
Despite off-field issues that probably kept the Mississippi State product from being a first-rounder, Smoot was a serviceable weapon for Washington to line up across the field from Champ Bailey. Through his first four seasons in D.C., Smoot started all but six games and racked up 16 interceptions, 32 passes defended and 210 tackles. After a two-year stint with Minnesota, Smoot returned to Washington in a diminished role. The 5-foot-11 corner played three more years before retiring as a Redskin who was cut with two more years left on his contract.
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