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 second-round draft selections of the 21st century
3. Devin Thomas - 34th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft
There is something about the Redskins drafting wide receivers in the second round that just doesn't work out. That was doubly true in 2008. Thomas hung around for parts of just three seasons in Washington. He never really distinguished himself as either a receiver or kick returner before being waived by new head coach Mike Shanahan four games into the 2010 campaign. He put up his best numbers in 2009 -- 25 catches, 325 yards, three touchdowns. Thomas would go on to play a key role on the Giants' Super Bowl-winning squad of 2011, recovering a pair of game-changing fumbles in the NFC Championship game. Regardless of his special teams niche, Thomas should never heard his name called when wide receivers such as Jordy Nelson and DeSean Jackson were still on the board.
2. Malcolm Kelly - 51st overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft
Kelly was supposed to be that big receiver who solved the woes of Washington's passing game. But the 6-foot-4 wideout solved nothing. Due to various maladies -- including a knee injury suffered during his first training camp -- he saw playing time in only five games as a rookie, catching three passes for a mere 18 yards. The following year, Kelly stayed healthy and even started 10 games, yet produced only 25 receptions for 347 yards and no scores. But long-term health was never in the cards for Kelly. He spent the entire 2010 season on injured reserve due to more knee problems, was released with an injury settlement days before the start of the 2011 season and never played another down in the NFL.
1. Taylor Jacobs - 44th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft
It's reasonable to believe that then-Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier showed favoritism to his former Florida Gator by vouching for his talents in 2003. That backfired in terrible fashion, to put it lightly. Jacobs struggled to stay healthy during his rookie season, playing in only eight games. But he did not produce even when he was willing and able. Jacobs was traded to San Francisco before the start of the 2006 season and finished his Redskins career with just 30 receptions for 315 yards and a single touchdown in 38 games. For a simple comparison, 2015 fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder nearly doubled Jacobs' production in his rookie year alone (59 receptions, 604 yards and two touchdowns).
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