Worst First-Round Draft Picks in D.C. Sports History

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – In a matter of days, the Redskins will watch 29 other teams make first round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, freeing them from any post-draft scrutiny from a town well adept of scrutinizing first-round busts.

This is as natural a time as any to take the dreaded look back into history, through a painful process of digging up repressed D.C. sports memories, and determine the absolute worst draft picks made by the Wizards/Bullets, Capitals, Redskins and to some degree, the Nationals over the years.

Let’s let 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny explain the purpose of this in greater detail…

Holden: Who’s the worst draft pick in the history of Washington, D.C. sports? Is Jan Veselý worse than Heath Shuler?

Danny: Give him a chance.

Holden: You’re not giving him a chance.

Danny: No, I’m saying give him a chance to be the worst of all-time.

Holden: Because you say he’s the worst player in the NBA right now.

Danny: Yes, he is. He’s the worst player in the NBA.

Holden: Heath Shuler was the worst quarterback in the NFL.

Jan Vesely - Give Him a Chance

As you can see from the conversation above, there really is no compass for what qualifies a player for the list, other than … who hurts you the most to think about?

We’ve compiled a short list of the nation’s capital’s all-time worst picks.

Here are the chart toppers:

Desmond Howard – Round: 1, Pick: 4, 1992 NFL Draft

Heath Shuler – Round: 1, Pick: 3, 1994 NFL Draft

Michael Westbrook – Round: 1, Pick: 4, 1995 NFL Draft

Andre Johnson (not that one) – Round: 1, Pick: 30, 1996 NFL Draft

Rod Gardner – Round: 1, Pick: 15, 2001 NFL Draft

Kwame Brown – Round: 1, Pick: 1, 2001 NBA Draft

Jan Veselý – Round: 1, Pick 6, 2011 NBA Draft

“Desmond Howard. I wouldn’t do that one again,” former Redskins GM Charley Casserly told the guys Tuesday.

Vote for your least favorite below…

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