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 third-round draft selections of the 21st century.
3. Jordan Reed - 85th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft
Should Reed continue to play at the level he showcased last season for the remainder of his five-year, $50 million extension, he will find himself at the top of this list. For now, he sits third because he's played in only 34 games. Injuries were the story of Reed's career early. He has suffered at least five concussions dating back to his college days and has dealt with quadriceps and hamstring issues while in Washington. He sat out nearly 40 percent of the games in his first two seasons, But last year, Reed was dominant at times. He caught 87 passes for 952 yards -- both single-season franchise records for a tight end -- as well as 11 touchdowns. His future production may diminish given the team's currently loaded receiving corps. However, that should keep defenses from sending as many double teams Reed's way, so he will continue to be a potent draft steal for the Redskins.
2. Chris Cooley - 81st overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft
During his nine years in the league -- all spent with the Redskins -- Cooley played with seven different starting quarterbacks, from Patrick Ramsey to Robert Griffin III. Through the chaos, Cooley registered 429 receptions for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns in 117 games. He twice broke the franchise's single-season record for catches by a tight end, first in 2005 and again in 2008. Myriad injuries often disrupted the second half of Cooley's career, but in the end, trading a 2005 second-round pick in order to move up and draft Cooley was well worth the gamble.
1. Derrick Dockery - 81st overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft
This Texas product began his career as the Redskins' Swiss Army knife, playing several positions along the offensive line, including left guard and right tackle. Eventually, Dockery would settle in at left guard and, alongside left tackle Chris Samuels, form a formidable duo that propelled Washington's rushing attack with Clinton Portis. After four seasons and 61 consecutive starts, Dockery cashed in by signing a seven-year, $49 million pact with the Buffalo Bills. However, he would return to Washington just two seasons later to replace guard Pete Kendall. He started yet another 16 games in 2009, but after suffering a season-ending knee injury the next year, Dockery was released and would conclude his 10-year stint in the NFL with a couple of years as a reserve with the Cowboys.
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