The 15 greatest draft picks in Washington Commanders history
By Jerry Trotta
5. Art Monk (1980)
Monk retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions and owns the most receptions in Washington Football history with 940. In 1984, he became the first player in league history to surpass the century mark for receptions. and set an NFL record by recording a catch in 180 consecutive games. He’s a three-time champion and became a Hall of Famer later than he should have in 2008.
4. Charley Taylor (1964)
A product of Arizona State, Taylor won Rookie of the Year in 1964 as a halfback and went on to become one of the most recognized receivers in NFL history. He led the league in receiving twice, caught more than 50 passes a then-league record seven different times and retired with the most catches, yards and touchdowns of all-time. He was inducted into the HoF 20 years after he was drafted in 1984.
3. Chris Hanburger (1965)
Back when the NFL draft lasted 18 rounds, Washington made Hanburger the No. 245 overall selection of the 1965 showcase. The former UNC star was the gold standard at linebacker during his career. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-pro and is a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class.
2. Darrel Green (1983)
The 1983 draft was absolutely loaded and Green managed to stick out amongst his peers. The former first-round pick out of Texas A&M-Kingsville spent his entire 20-year career in Washington and holds the team record for most games played at 295. He was a driving force on two Super Bowl-winning teams and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Green’s mind-boggling resume includes seven Pro Bowl nods and being named an All-Pro in 1986, 1987, 1990 and 2021.
1. Sammy Baugh (1937)
For everything Green accomplished in his career, it’s nearly impossible to do better than Baugh, a former All-Pro at THREE positions, including quarterback, safety and punter. He retired with several NFL passing records and led the league in yards four times, touchdowns twice, and completion percentage eight times.
Additionally, Baugh led Washington to their first NFL Championship, ranks second in league history in punting average (45.1) and still holds the single-season record for yards per punt when he averaged a whopping 51.4 yards in 1940.
That should just about do it! How would you rank these players?