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Redskins Past And Present Make Best Of Top 5 Recent Draft Classes

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Last week, NFL.com's Jim Reineking took a look back at the Top-5 best NFL Draft classes – in totality, not by team -- of the last 25 years.

The list used elite talent, Pro Bowl, All-Pro selections and impact on the game to help determine the order, and a few former and current Redskins made the cut as some of the top of the class.

Unfortunately, we'll never truly know just how good safety Sean Taylor could have been. Still, he proved his elite talent in his limited time with the Redskins after getting drafted in 2004, ranked the fourth best draft class of the last quarter century.

The class also featured quarterbacks Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger as well as wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Wes Welker, plus, another Redskins favorite, tight end Chris Cooley.

"Sean Taylor was well on his way to greatness before his untimely death in 2007," Reineking writes.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan also helped boost his stellar 2011 draft class, which is ranked fifth, and may produce some of the best athletes in the game today.

Just a few names alongside Kerrigan include J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman, A.J. Green, DeMarco Murray, Julio Jones and Cam Newton. Current tight end Niles Paul was part of the 12-player haul the Redskins drafted that year.

And, while wide receiver Santana Moss wasn't taken by the Redskins in the 2001 draft, he is one of the marquee names to highlight the top draft class, which also featured LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Hutchinson, Drew Brees and Michael Vick.

Reineking puts the 2007 class in second place and the 1996 class in third.

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