From Lynn Swann to Randy Moss and current players contributing in the NFL today, Redskins.com has a look at the players selected with the 21st pick over the years.
“There’s going to be a good football player there, no matter what,” Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said at his interview with the media at January’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
This year’s class is deep, especially with the talent projected to be mid- to late-round picks.
“I feel very confident that at 21 we’ll get a good football player,” McCloughan said. “A really good football player come in his first year and help us."
With the 2016 NFL Draft set to start tonight, we’re looking back at the history of the No. 21-overall pick.
--2014-Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
--1968-Marvin Upshaw (NFL)
--1967-John Charles (AFL)
--1966-Walter Barnes (NFL)
--1965-Bob Breitenstein (NFL)
--1965-Mike Curtis (AFL)
--1964-Billy Martin (NFL)
--1962-Bennie McRae (NFL)
--1961-Tom Gilburg (NFL)
--1960-Sam Horner (NFL)
--1958-Bobby Jack Oliver
--1952-Darrel ‘Pete’ Brewster
--1945-W.G. ‘Dub’ Wooten
--1937- Drew Ellis
Tight end Tyler Eifert was selected to his first Pro Bowl after the 2015 season after leading all tight ends in touchdowns with 13. In his three seasons since being selected with the No. 21-overall pick in 2013, Eifert has totaled 1,097 yards and 15 touchdowns on 94 receptions.
Chandler Jones, recently traded from the New England to the Arizona Cardinals, was selected with the No. 21-overall pick in 2012 out of Syracuse was selected to the Pro Bowl this year. In his four-year stint with the Patriots, Jones totaled 36 sacks including a career-high 12.5 last season.
Alex Mack is regarded as one of the top centers in the NFL and has been since being selected 21st-overall in 2009. A three-time Pro Bowler and 2013 second-team All-Pro, Mack joined the Falcons this season after seven years with the Cleveland Browns.
Now a member of the Houston Texans, Vince Wilfork made quite the name for himself as a member of the Patriots over 11 seasons. Even at 34 years old, Wilfork remains one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL.
In 1998, the Minnesota Vikings selected Randy Moss with the No. 21-overall pick despite some steering clear of the Marshall wide receiver due to off-field issues. On the field, Moss pieced together one of the best NFL careers by a wide receiver, as he collected 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns.
Moss recorded 10 1,000-yard seasons and totaled at least 10 touchdowns in another nine times.
In 1974, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Lynn Swann at No. 21 in the NFL Draft. He became one of the best at his position in league history. A 2001 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Swann helped the Steelers earn four Super Bowl titles while being selected to the Pro Bowl three times.