Commanders: Best late-round QB selections in NFL Draft history
By Jerry Trotta
Matt Hasselbeck (Round 6)
Drafted by the Packers in the fifth-round in 1998, Hasselbeck was traded to the Seahawks with Brett Favre already starring for Green Bay. In 10 years as Seattle’s starer, the Boston College product led the team to the playoffs six times, culminating in an appearance in Super Bowl XL, where they lost to the Steelers.
Hasselbeck made three Pro Bowls and retired with almost every franchise passing record … before Russell Wilson entered the fold in 2012. He would have a greater reputation as a quarterback if he didn’t play during a golden era that included Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Favre and Ben Roethlisberger.
Mark Rypien (Round 6)
More Washington flavor! There’s no doubting Hasselbeck posted more gaudy statistics than Rypien, but the former Washington QB gets the not because he as a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP on his resume. Tough to beat that.
Rypien’s 1991 season was nothing short of iconic, as he threw for 3,564 yards and 28 touchdowns, culminating in leading Washington to a 37-24 win over Buffalo (while taking home MVP honors) in Super Bowl XXVI.
Rypien made two Pro Bowls in his career and is currently fifth in Washington history in passing yards and touchdowns. That type of career is unheard of for a sixth-round pick, which makes Howell replicating his success such a long shot.
Joe Theismann (Round 4)
Another former fourth-round pick and another former Washington gunslinger, Theismann led Washington to consecutive Super Bowls in 1983 and 1984, with them coming on top in Super Bowl XVII.
Theismann’s path to Washington was unique and he didn’t win the starting job right away, but he still ranks first in team history in passing yards, fourth quarter comebacks and game-winning drives, while ranking third in touchdowns. He’s also the only quarterback on this list (so far) with an MVP on their resume.