What the Redskins can expect from 34

May, 7, 2014
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We don’t know who the Redskins will draft; they don’t either. But here’s what we do know about players selected with the 34th pick in recent years: Almost all of them became starters. However, there’s a mixed record when it comes to how effective they were in those roles.

Of the last 10 players selected 34th overall, five will enter 2014 as starters, but only three will do so with their original team. And five of the 10 players are with the team that drafted them, though one is in his second stint. One already retired: Devin Thomas (of course). Another hasn’t played in two years.

And only two of these players have appeared in a Pro Bowl.

To give you a gauge of what to expect from the Redskins’ second-round pick, here’s a look at the last 10 selected:

2013: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Note: Struggled early as a rookie, but had two strong games late in the season. Still, he finished with only 18 catches for 354 yards and four touchdowns. He reportedly added 15 pounds of needed bulk this offseason. No starts as a rookie.

2012: TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis

Note: Fleener has proven to be an excellent choice, with a combined 78 catches his first two seasons (26 as a rookie). He caught 52 passes for 608 yards and four touchdowns this past season. It helped him going to the same team as his college quarterback, Andrew Luck.

2011: DB Aaron Williams, Buffalo

Note: Williams entered the NFL as a corner, but was switched to strong safety this past season and had a strong year. The Bills signed him to an extension this offseason. His versatility could help offset the loss of Jairus Byrd in free agency. Williams has started 30 games. He started six games as a rookie, but missed seven because of injuries.

2010: CB Chris Cook, Minnesota

Note: Signed a one-year deal with San Francisco this offseason; the Vikings were content with letting him walk and signed Captain Munnerlyn instead. Cook received a minimum deal with no guaranteed money from the 49ers. He has no career interceptions; 29 career starts. He started five games in the six he played as a rookie, slowed by injuries to both knees.

2009: S Patrick Chung, New England

Note: He’s back in New England for a second stint, having been cut by Philadelphia in March after one season. Chung has started 40 games (once as a rookie, though he appeared in 16 games), but has never wowed anyone with his play. No Pro Bowls.

2008: WR Devin Thomas, Washington

Note: Out of football. Thomas caught 40 passes in two-plus seasons with Washington and didn’t play after age 25. Started one game as a rookie, but appeared in 16 while catching 15 passes. Not exactly what the Redskins were hoping he’d do. Also played with Carolina and the New York Giants.

2007: LB Paul Posluszny, Buffalo

Note: He’s been a good player for most of his time in the NFL, having earned his first Pro Bowl berth after this past season. Posluszny spent four years with the Bills before signing a six-year, $42-million contract with Jacksonville. Limited to three games (all starts) as a rookie because of two broken bones in his left arm.

2006: LB D'Qwell Jackson, Cleveland

Note: Became an instant starter for Cleveland and only left the lineup when injured during his seven seasons with the Browns. He signed with Indianapolis after Cleveland cut him this offseason. Jackson led the NFL in combined tackles in 2008. He’s never made the Pro Bowl.

2005: S Brodney Pool, Cleveland

Note: He played both safety and corner in Cleveland, though was never considered anything other than OK. He also played two seasons for the New York Jets, but has not played the past two seasons – Dallas cut him in 2012. Made no starts as a rookie and eight his second season, but spent the next four years a as a full-time starter.

2004: G Chris Snee, New York Giants

Note: He’s a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. It’s a good thing he’s done so well considering he’s also married to Tom Coughlin’s daughter. Snee also has won two Super Bowl rings. Has started every game he’s played. Safe to say this was a good choice.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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