When I heard that Malcolm Kelly had finally been released, the first thing I thought of was this Mister Irrelevant post when Devin Thomas was waived last fall. The author ran down the long, sad history of Redskins wide receivers selected in the NFL draft since 1992. It wasn’t pretty.
That post encompassed all the wide receivers the team has taken, most of whom were busts, but I’d like to focus in just on the receivers taken by Washington in the first and second rounds of the NFL draft. They haven’t worked out in this town. Like, not at all.
Malcolm Kelly: Selected in the second round in 2008, he played 21 games in Washington, catching 28 passes for 365 yards. He did not catch a touchdown.
Devin Thomas: Selected in the second round in 2008, he played 34 games in Washington, catching 40 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns.
Taylor Jacobs: Selected in the second round in 2003, he played 38 games in Washington, catching 30 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown.
Rod Gardner: Selected in the first round in 2001, he played 64 games in Washington, catching 227 passes for 2,997 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Michael Westbrook: Selected in the first round in 1995, he played 68 games in Washington, catching 277 passes for 4,280 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also punched one of his teammates a lot.
Desmond Howard: Selected in the first round in 1992, he played 48 games in Washington, catching 66 passes for 1,033 yards and five touchdowns.
Walter Murray: Selected in the second round in 1986, Murray had a nasty contract dispute with the Redskins and never played a game for Washington.
Before that, the last Redskins wide receiver taken high in the draft was Art Monk, selected 18th overall in the 1980 draft. Monk caught 888 passes for 12,026 and 65 touchdowns in Washington — totals higher than these other seven guys combined.
So that one worked out, at least.