Re-grading the Washington football team’s 2017 NFL Draft performance

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LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 15: A Washington football team helmet is seen on the field before the game between the Washington football team and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on December 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Washington football team was mired in mediocrity for many years and 2016 was no exception, but the 2017 NFL Draft offered hope to weary fans.

It has been a trying two weeks for Washington football fans. The team name is going away, but that is obviously the least of their problems for now. The sexual harassment scandal has suddenly propelled that sordid story to the forefront. We will continue to monitor developments and the Riggo’s Rag team is here to give you the latest each day.

In the meantime, there is still plenty of football to talk about and we return to this summer series – a look at the Washington football team’s drafts from 2010 to 2019.  Today, our focus shifts to the 2017 draft and we continue to grade each round accordingly.

After a 7-9 season in 2016, the Washington football team was looking to change their fortunes with a whopping ten picks in the 2017 draft.  A new offensive coordinator was hired (Matt Cavanaugh) after boy wonder, Sean McVay, bolted to the Los Angeles Rams. The new defensive coordinator was Greg Manusky — he replaced a dreadful Joe Barry. There were many reasons to be cautiously optimistic after the changes, and anxious fans wanted to see what 2017 would produce.

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As we continue our look at these drafts, there are two more years after today’s retrospective.  Many of the grades from 2010 to 2016 have been rather low and now we take a look to see if the 2017 draft produced any improvements. The Washington football team decided to move on from general manager Scot McCloughan here, and Kyle Smith took on a greater role in drafts and scouting. It’s time to hand out some grades and evaluate Washington’s 2017 selections.

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