Throwback Thursday: Remembering 1979 Draft Class

To coincide with Throwback Thursday, the Redskins Blog will take a look back at one of the premiere draft classes in franchise history today to prepare you for next weekend’s draft activity.

It would have been relatively easy to discard the thought of the 1979 draft class as being one of the best for the Redskins in terms of lengthy contributions and memorable moments when considering the franchise didn’t have a selection until the fourth round, but general manager Bobby Beathard took advantage of the wait with the selection of two future 80 Greatest Redskins.

The first of the pair was a little known tight end out of San Diego State by the name of Don Warren.In his senior season with the Aztecs, Warren caught 39 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns.

Warren’s burgundy and gold career would span 14 seasons where he contributed both in the trenches and short-yardage situations. Retiring in 1992 with a Super Bowl ring on three different fingers, Warren is 15th in franchise history in receiving yardage (2,536).

Further back in the draft where a majority of prospects were considered “filler” picks, Beathard took a flyer on a converted safety from Central Arkansas by the name of Monte Coleman.

You know the guy that racked up 43.5 career sacks despite the fact he played the first four years of his career with the quarterback crushing move not being an official stat?Pretty impressive.

Below are numbers for each 1979 draftee during their stint with the Redskins:

–Don Warren: 193 games played, 2,536 yards, seven touchdowns, three Super Bowl victories (103rd pick)

–Rich Milot: 121 games played, 14.5 sacks, 13 interceptions, one Super Bowl victory (182nd pick)

–Kris Haines: one game played; traded to the Bears in rookie season (233rd pick)

–Monte Coleman: 215 games played, 43.5 sacks, 17 interceptions, three touchdowns, three Super Bowl victories (289th pick)

–Tony Hall: Did not play professionally (300th pick)


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