Combine All-Stars

With this week’s trade for former Rams DL Adam Carriker, the Shan-Allen-han brain trust has increased the number for former first-round draft picks on the Washington Redskins’ roster to an even more astonishing number.  Not satisfied with a roster already full of mercenaries whose career highlights came in the jerseys of their former team, the new regime also seems interested in stockpiling talent which the pride of Jarrettsville once drooled over.  Carriker is the fifth former round-1 selection acquired in this offseason alone (bolded among the list of 14 on the roster below):

  1. Donovan McNabb (1999, #2)
  2. Mike Williams (2002, #4)
  3. LaRon Landry (2007, #6)
  4. Andre Carter (2001, #7)
  5. DeAngelo Hall (2004, #8)
  6. Carlos Rogers (2005, #9)
  7. Carriker (2007, #13)
  8. Brian Orakpo (2009, #13)
  9. Albert Haynesworth (2002, #15)
  10. Santana Moss (2001, #16)
  11. Phillip Buchanon (2002, #17)
  12. Rex Grossman (2003, #22)
  13. Jason Campbell (2005, #25)
  14. Larry Johnson (2003, #27)

If there’s no last-minute Thursday night trade, the #4 pick this year will be the 15th player on the roster that was once thought of as a top-30 prospect in his class.  Also in the mix is free agent Levi Jones (2002, #10), still listed as a Redskin on

Perhaps more disturbing, many of this offseason’s acquisitions did nothing (absolutely or virtually) last season:

  • Carriker, Maake Kemoeatu, Josh Bidwell, Anthony Bryant, Kory Lichtensteiger, Justin Medlock, Clint Oldenburg, Ryan Torain, Lee Vickers, and Roydell Williams
  • QB Grossman had just nine pass attempts
  • RB Willie Parker rushed for just 389 yards
  • OL Artis Hicks started just three games, the lowest total since his rookie year
  • CB Phillip Buchanon had no interceptions, after totaling 7 over the prior three seasons
  • DT Howard Green had no starts playing for his fifth NFL team
  • DE Greg Peterson played in just two games
  • TE Sean Ryan played in 10 games, but caught just 14 passes
  • RB Johnson had just 581 yards, after averaging more than 1,200 over the prior four seasons


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