Who’s the best safety that the Redskins have ever drafted? The answer to that question probably depends on what era you grew up in. Older people may say it’s Hall of Famer Paul Krause, who was drafted in the second round of the 1964 draft. If you’re from my generation then you would say Sean Taylor. Well Krause played most of his career in Minnesota, and i’m a part of the younger generation so my answer is that Sean Taylor was the greatest safety that the Skins have drafted.
Taylor was selected fifth, out of Miami, in the first round of the 2004 draft. Taylor was the first of six Miami Hurricanes to be selected in the first round that day. Taylor was dominant from his very first preseason game, snatching two interceptions and scoring one touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the Hall of Fame game. Taylor, or Meast (half man half beast) as he was known to us, was a physical freak of an athlete. Standing at 6’3 230 lbs Taylor was a physical presence who intimidated receivers with punishing hits. But he could also cover like a corner. In addition to that he was like an extra linebacker in the run game, he punished multiple running backs such as Priest Holmes and Tatum Bell (go look up those hits).
Simply put Taylor could do everything on the field and was just entering the prime of his career when he was tragically taken away from us in 2007. Us fans were robbed of watching a great player grow into what possibly could’ve been the best safety in the history of the game. But he still made such an impact on us in his three and a half years that I can legitimately say that he is the greatest safety draft pick in Redskins history.