Washington Redskins: 15 best draft day steals of all-time

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images) /
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Russ Grimm, Washington Redskins
Russ Grimm, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

It’s not a Redskins history piece without a member of the Hogs.

It feels like more members of the Hogs should be eligible for this list. But delve into the history books, and you’ll see why they aren’t. Joe Jacoby was an undrafted free agent. So was Jeff Bostic, and while they were steals, they weren’t draft-day steals, unfortunately. The definition is stringent.

Mark May was a first-round pick, and while he provided value, qualifying as a draft-day steal requires a greater gap between investment and return. Luckily for the Hogs, that greater gap was given by Russ Grimm. And so their legacy lives on with him.

Grimm was a mid-round pick for the Redskins in 1981, coming off the board in the third round. He was almost immediately awarded the starting left guard job, and he flourished in that position. Over the course of an 11-season career with four Super Bowl appearances and three victories, Grimm played in 140 games and started 114, earning four Pro Bowl bids and three All-Pro nods.

In the 20th century, Grimm’s contributions as one of the first, and one of the most fearsome members of the Hogs unit, earned him a gold jacket. To this day, he remains one of the Redskins’ greatest value deals on draft day. He’s a reminder that, for all the emphasis on athleticism and strength, the toughest man in the trenches almost always wins.