Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/8/13
Redskins Fans: If you could change one draft pick…what would that be?If you could go back in time, what is the one Redskins draft pick you would change?Every NFL team has their fair share of regrettable draft picks. The Redskins certainly have a few, although they have become more famous for botching free agency.I went back through a timeline of draft picks, mainly focusing on the Redskins’ post 1991 Super Bowl era.Looking at their first round picks there certainly weren’t any home runs.Missing on a couple picks in the NFL isn’t the end of the world unless you couple it with some historically bad free agent signings. That is exactly what happened to the Washington Redskins from 1993 to 1997.It’s 1993 and the first year of NFL free agency.General manager Charley Casserly decides not to re-sign several of the Super Bowl tested players such as Gary Clark, Art Monk and Martin Mayhew. In 1993 the Redskins had a legitimate shot at landing star defensive end Reggie White (Yes - Reggie White was a free agent in 1993) but Casserly under-bid. The rest is history - for the Packers.From '93 to '97, the Redskins made bad (and I mean really bad) draft picks like: Desmond Howard (future Super Bowl MVP), Heath Shuler, Michael Westbrook (taken over Warren Sapp), and Andre Johnson (1st round pick who didn’t play a single game for the Redskins).Now, let’s fast forward to the '97 season and talk about the one draft pick I would change. It’s not necessarily about the one person I wouldn’t pick, there are too many of those to choose from. The one draft pick I would change has to do with Gus Frerotte’s neck, a wall, a fat Bengal, and Peyton Manning.You might be asking now - so what in the hell does Gus Frerotte’s stupid decision to bang his head into the wall after a touchdown have to do with a fat Bengal and Peyton Manning? The answer involves the Redskins’ first round pick in 1998.Okay, so going back to Gus Frerotte’s neck…his neck was never the same after that wall head banging injury/touchdown celebration. In fact, the Redskins started 0-8 the following year and I think that wall definitely did something to ole Gus. But the wall could have been a good thing.Going 0-8 is terrible. But it’s not so terrible when Peyton Manning is waiting to be picked No. 1 the following year. What if Norv Turner had let post-wall banging Frerotte ride out the 1997 season? They’d probably have the first pick, they’d probably need a quarterback with a strong neck, and they’d probably have taken Peyton Manning (pre-neck surgery, of course).Instead Turner benched Frerotte and played Trent Green. Green won six of the last right games in 1997. Okay, so what about the fat Bengal, right? The Redskins traded their first round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson (aka Haynesworth version 1.0). This trade occurred because they didn’t need a quarterback since Trent Green led the team to six meaningless wins and thus taking them right out of Peyton Manning draft contention.This whole theory is a stretch but when you lay it all out the Redskins probably would have been close to the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 Draft had the post-wall-head-banging Frerotte finished out the season at starting quarterback.They probably (make that - definitely) would have needed a quarterback (Manning) and they probably would not have traded that No. 1 pick for Dan Wilkinson. So if you ask me, a lifelong Redskins fan, if I could go back in time what Redskins draft pick would I change? I’d say: “leave Gus in, keep the pick, and stay away from fat Bengals named “Big Daddy”. 
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