Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting," which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.
Two Washington Redskins first-round draft picks have died during their football careers. The first was Ernie Davis, who was chosen as the first overall pick in 1962. After being traded to the Cleveland Browns for Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Jackson, Davis was diagnosed with leukemia and died before playing a game with the Browns. The other was Sean Taylor, the Redskins' first round pick in 2004, who was fatally shot in November 2007 during his fourth season with the Redskins.
^ abThe Redskins chose Cal Rossi with the 9th overall pick. However, Rossi was a junior and not eligible to be drafted. They chose him again in the 1947 NFL Draft, but he never had intention to play football professionally.
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^The Redskins' first pick in 1948 was a lottery bonus pick.
^The Los Angeles Rams traded Richie Petitbon to the Redskins for a 1973 sixth round pick, and their 1974 first round pick (revised from 1973 second round pick after Redskins learned they had previously traded 1973 second round pick). The Rams then traded the first round pick to the Chicago Bears.
^The Redskins' other first round pick, pick 11, in 1999 was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, along with the 73rd pick (third-round) and the 56th overall (fifth-round) pick in the 2000 draft, for quarterback Brad Johnson.
^The Redskins' traded their first pick in the 1999 Draft to the New Orleans Saints for their 1999 first round pick, 1999 third round pick, 1999 fourth round pick, 1999 fifth round pick, 1999 sixth round pick, 1999 seventh round pick, 2000 first round pick, and third round pick in 2000. The Saints used that first pick in 1999 to select Ricky Williams. It was the first time that a team traded all but one pick in a draft.
^The Redskins' second first-round pick in 2000 was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers for the Redskins' Number 12 and 24 selections, along with two mid-round picks.
^The New England Patriots acquired the Redskins first round pick (21st overall–Daniel Graham) of the 2002 draft in exchange for their 2002 first round pick (32nd overall), third round (96th overall) and seventh round (234th overall).
^ abcThe Redskins acquired the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft from the St. Louis Rams for their No. 6 overall pick in 2012, their second-round pick in 2012, and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.