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 fourth-round draft selections of the 21st century. This is where we start to get into "core" players region, or lack thereof in this case, according to current general manager Scot McCloughan.
3. Phillip Thomas - 119th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft
Despite seemingly recovered from a terrible left leg injury in college, Thomas' injury history followed him to the NFL. In his first preseason game in 2013 he tore his Lisfranc ligament in his left foot, which cost him his entire rookie campaign. Additional hamstring and foot injuries forced Washington to waive him before the 2014 season, but he did see playing time after being promoted from the practice squad. Thomas played eight games for the Redskins, including four starts, recording 27 tackles. About a month ago, Thomas was again placed on injured reserve, with the Buffalo Bills, after clearing waivers. If Thomas can ever get healthy, the Fresno State defender is a good tackler with solid coverage skills.
2. Michael Moore - 129th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft
Moore appeared in five games, including one start, for the Redskins in 2000 but would not play with the Broncos in the following two seasons before finishing his career with Atlanta for two years. Washington would have been wiser to draft Hall of Fame candidates Tom Brady or Marc Bulger instead of an interior lineman that had an eight game NFL career.
1. Manuel White Jr. - 120th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft
Despite being on Washington's roster for two years, the UCLA product never saw action in a regular season game. Despite rushing for 1,814 yards and another 518 through the air in college, White's career likely ended due to chronic knee problems. With the likes of Darren Sproles, Trent Cole, Brandon Browner, and Cameron Wake still available, Washington could have added a Pro Bowl talent instead of an utterly wasted draft pick.
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