The Washington Redskins have their share of good players these days. But one may prove to be Hall of Fame worthy if he stays on his current course.
It is Hall of Fame weekend and we have already discussed what one-time members of the Washington Redskins should receive heavy consideration for enshrinement in Canton. Now it’s time to talk about one current player who may be on the eventual road to enshrinement.
Let’s go back to the first hour of the 2010 NFL Draft. The then-St. Louis Rams use the first overall pick on quarterback Sam Bradford. He’s now a member of the Minnesota Vikings after a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. The second choice is Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, now with the Miami Dolphins after being drafted by the Detroit Lions. Selected third iss Bradford’s teammate at the University of Oklahoma in the form of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who has emerged as a star.
Then came the Redskins, who like the Rams and Buccaneers spent a lot of time watching the Sooners. Massive tackle Trent Williams was the fourth overall selection that year. In seven seasons, he’s made at least 10 starts each season. He’s played in a total of 97 regular-season contests and was in the opening lineup for all but one. Yes, he misses four games due to a league suspension (via Nick Shook of NFL.com) in 2016. However, he is currently the No. 1 rated offensive tackle in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.
When it comes to offensive linemen and their place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, more times than not they enjoyed sustained careers in the league. Be it Bruce Matthews or Anthony Munoz, Randall McDaniel or Jackie Slater, Jim Otto or Mike Webster. Being a fixture on a team’s offensive front is vital to success in the first place.
Trent Williams has become a mainstay on the Washington Redskins’ line. He’s clearly the leader of a unit that is really coming into his own. Named to each of the past five Pro Bowls, he’s on course when it comes to greatness and (hopefully) longevity. And that’s usually not ignored when it comes to the voting process.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.