The Redskins don’t have a first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but I thought it would be interesting to research some of their worst first round picks.
5. Desmond Howard, WR – 1992 NFL Draft, Pick # 4. Howard was an utter disappointment for the Redskins. I remember being so hyped when the Redskins drafted him, because he had been so good in college at Michigan. But Howard only ended up with 66 catches over three seasons with the Redskins. He then went on to become one of the best kick returners in the NFL, but that’s not what you draft a guy at number four in the draft to be.
4. Ray McDonald, RB – 1967 NFL Draft, Pick # 6. McDonald was a huge running back at 6’4, 248. However, he only played only one season with the Redskins rushing for only 223 yards. It was alleged that McDonald had sex with a man in public, and then injuries derailed his career was over shortly thereafter.
3. Heath Shuler, QB – 1994 NFL Draft, Pick # 3. I doubt anyone would have ever believed that Heath Shuler would have been as bad as he was when he was drafted out of Tennessee. I hoped he’d be the Redskins version of Troy Aikman for new head coach Norv Turner. But it wasn’t to be, as Shuler could only muster a career completion percentage of 49.2% and a QB Rating of 54.3.
2. Charlie Gogolak, K – 1966 NFL Draft, Pick # 6. This pick is one of the main reasons kickers are rarely ever taken this high in the draft. Gogolak only hit on 56% of his field goals in his six-year career, three of which were spent with the Redskins.
1. Andre Johnson, OT – 1996 NFL Draft, Pick # 30. This is not only the Redskins worst first round pick ever, but it’s one of the worst draft picks in NFL history. Some Redskins fans don’t even remember it, that’s because Johnson barely lasted a season with the Redskins before he was cut. Johnson never even played a down for the Redskins, and this was a first round pick.