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Washington’s history with the draft, dates all the way back to 1936 and the first ever NFL Draft. Washington were still in Boston. Riley Smith was chosen as the second ever NFL pick.

Historical First Round Facts

Washington have only held the number one overall pick twice. With those picks, they chose Harry Gilmer in 1948, and Ernie Davis in 1962.

Washington have selected number two overall five times – Riley Smith (1936), Norm Snead (1961), Lavar Arrington (2000), Robert Griffin III (2012) and Chase Young (2020).

They have also selected number three overall five times – Jack Scarbath (1953), Joe Rutgens (1961), Charley Taylor (1964), Heath Shuler (1994), and Chris Samuels (2000).

Award Winners

Two Washington first-round picks have been named NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Robert Griffin III was the Offensive Rookie  Of The Year in 2012. Defensive end Chase Young was the Defensive Rookie  Of The Year in 2020.

Four Washington first round selections had Hall of Fame careers: Sammy Baugh, Darrell Green, Art Monk, and Charley Taylor.

Washington have not selected in the first round of a draft, twenty-eight times.

Here is a complete list of Washington’s first round draft selections:

First Round Draft Picks

Year Pick Player name Position College
1936 2 Riley Smith FB Alabama
1937 6 Sammy Baugh QB TCU
1938 9 Andy Farkas RB Detroit
1939 8 I. B. Hale T TCU
1940 8 Ed Boell QB New York
1941 10 Forest Evashevski QB Michigan
1942 6 Spec Sanders RB Texas
1943 10 Jack Jenkins FB Vanderbilt
1944 8 Mike Micka FB Colgate
1945 8 Jim Hardy QB Southern California
1946 9 Cal Rossi B UCLA
1947 No pick
1948 1 Harry Gilmer HB Alabama
1948 4 Lowell Tew B Alabama
1949 8 Rob Goode B Texas A&M
1950 6 George Thomas B Oklahoma
1951 4 Leon Heath FB Oklahoma
1952 7 Larry Isbell B Baylor
1953 3 Jack Scarbath B Maryland
1954 8 Steve Meilinger E Kentucky
1955 4 Ralph Guglielmi QB Notre Dame
1956 12 Ed Vereb HB Maryland
1957 9 Don Bosseler FB Miami (FL)
1958 No pick
1959 4 Don Allard QB Boston College
1960 4 Richie Lucas QB Penn State
1961 2 Norm Snead QB Wake Forest
1961 3 Joe Rutgens T Illinois
1962 1 Ernie Davis B Syracuse
1963 7 Pat Richter E Wisconsin
1964 3 Charley Taylor HB Arizona State
1965 No pick
1966 6 Charlie Gogolak K Princeton
1967 13 Ray McDonald RB Idaho
1968 12 Jim Smith DB Oregon
1969 No pick
1970 No pick
1971 No pick
1972 No pick
1973 No pick
1974 No pick
1975 No pick
1976 No pick
1977 No pick
1978 No pick
1979 No pick
1980 18 Art Monk WR Syracuse
1981 20 Mark May T Pittsburgh
1982 No pick
1983 28 Darrell Green CB Texas A&I
1984 No pick
1985 No pick
1986 No pick
1987 No pick
1988 No pick
1989 No pick
1990 No pick
1991 17 Bobby Wilson DT Michigan State
1992 4 Desmond Howard WR Michigan
1993 19 Tom Carter DB Notre Dame
1994 3 Heath Shuler QB Tennessee
1995 4 Michael Westbrook WR Colorado
1996 30 Andre Johnson T Penn State
1997 17 Kenard Lang DE Miami (FL)
1998 No pick
1999 7 Champ Bailey CB Georgia
2000 2 LaVar Arrington LB Penn State
2000 3 Chris Samuels T Alabama
2001 15 Rod Gardner WR Clemson
2002 32 Patrick Ramsey QB Tulane
2003 No pick
2004 5 Sean Taylor S Miami (FL)
2005 9 Carlos Rogers CB Auburn
2005 25 Jason Campbell QB Auburn
2006 No pick
2007 6 LaRon Landry S Louisiana State
2008 No pick
2009 13 Brian Orakpo LB Texas
2010 4 Trent Williams T Oklahoma
2011 16 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
2012 2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
2013 No pick
2014 No pick
2015 5 Brandon Scherff G Iowa
2016 22 Josh Doctson WR TCU
2017 17 Jonathan Allen DT Alabama
2018 13 Daron Payne NT Alabama
2019 15 Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
2019 26 Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
2020 2 Chase Young DE Ohio State

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