Notable Redskins Draft Decisions From Daniel Snyder Era: 2000, 2001

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Harvey Valentine

When the 2014 NFL Draft gets under way May 8, it will mark the 15th Redskins draft of the Daniel Snyder ownership era.

The team's moves and miscues during free agency have attracted headlines -- after all, it takes years to ultimately judge the success of a particular draft in most cases -- but the team's use of the draft has also produced mix results under Snyder.

During the next few weeks, we'll look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the last 14 drafts with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight.

2000: Off To A Good Start 

Sports Illustrated's Peter King gave the Redskins a B+ after the completion of the 2000 draft, during which the Redskins chose well with the second and third overall picks.

Round Pick Overall Name Position College
1 2 2 LaVar Arrington LB Penn State
1 3 3 Chris Samuels OT Alabama
3 2 64 Lloyd Harrison CB North Carolina State
4 35 129 Michael Moore G Troy State
5 26 155 Quincy Sanders S Nevada-Las Vegas
6 36 202 Todd Husak QB Stanford
7 10 216 Delbert Cowsette DT Maryland
7 44 250 Ethan Howell WR Oklahoma State

THE GOOD -- Samuels and Arrington started 16 and 11 games, respectively, during their rookie seasons. Samuels may be the best pick of the Snyder era, rewarding the team with a decade of stellar line play and going to six Pro Bowls. Arrington went to three consecutive Pro Bowls before he injuries slowed him. During his six seasons with Washington, Arrington totaled 395 tackles, 22.5 sacks and three interceptions. Worth noting is that the next linebacker chosen during that draft was Brian Urlacher at No. 9 by the Chicago Bears.

THE BAD -- Harrison lasted one season and played in two games. Moore started one game as a rookie, his only season with the Redskins.

THE UGLY -- The Redskins chose Sanders during the fifth round with the 155th overall pick. During the sixth round, the New England Patriots grabbed quarterback Tom Brady at 199 and the Redskins, looking for a quarterback to groom behind Chad Johnson and Jeff George, picked Husak at 202. Sanders never played in the NFL; Husak played one game (going 2-for-2 for -2 yards); and Tom Brady married a supermodel, among other victories.

2001: Marty Ball

Marty Schottenheimer, going into what proved to be his only season as Redskins coach, made the decisions during the 2001 draft. We'll never know how the team would have performed long term had he stayed, but we can examine the results of his only draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position College
1 15 15 Rod Gardner WR Clemson
2 14 45 Fred Smoot CB Mississippi State
4 14 109 Sage Rosenfels QB Iowa State
5 23 154 Darnerien McCants WR Delaware State
6 23 186 Mario Monds DT Cincinnati

THE GOOD -- Smoot intercepted 16 passes and defended 48 during his four-year first stint with the Redskins, forming a solid cornerback duo with Champ Bailey.

THE BAD -- Tough call, but at the time, Mel Kiper wrote, "Receiver Rod Gardner was an outstanding pick and is a big-time talent." Gardner did have several good seasons, including a career-best year in 2002 (71 catches, 1,006 yards, eight touchdowns), but he was gone after four years. The killer is that the receivers chosen after Gardner included Santana Moss (with the next pick), Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith and Chad Johnson.

THE UGLY -- The Redskins, like every other team, passed on quarterback Drew Brees during the first round. Monds never played a game in the NFL.

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