The Washington Redskins have had their fair share of superstars walk through their doors. That includes every position.
One position that has produced some of their best players though, is wide receiver. While they have struggled at the position recently, that doesn’t mean they’ve always been void of superstars.
Right now, it’s Terry McLaurin leading the pack. In a few years maybe he finds his way into the elite at this position. For now though, he’s far behind a few big names.
Washington’s certainly had some absolute legends at the position. Who sits at the top, however? Here are the five best wide receivers in Redskins history.
5. Bobby Mitchell
The number five spot was tough. Bobby Mitchell definitely deserved to make this list, if you call him a wide receiver.
On basically every account, Mitchell was a receiver. But he was technically considered a “flanker” when he played for Washington from 1962 through 1968.
With that in mind, a few others were considered here. Ricky Sanders and Pierre Garcon were right at the top of that list.
However, it felt wrong to keep Mitchell out. So he qualifies for this list.
Mitchell spent seven years with Washington. In that time, he racked up 393 receptions for 6,492 yards and 49 touchdowns. He threw in 90 carries for 438 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground as well.
Mitchell made it to three Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro once while with Washington. In 1983 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Best known for being the first black player for the Redskins’ franchise, Mitchell was also a true star on the field. Easily deserving of a top spot on this list.
4. Gary Clark
This top five is rough. Not in a bad way either. There is just so much talent here. Clark easily could have gone anywhere from five to two.
And if it wasn’t for a certain receiver who will be number one, Clark might top the list. He played at the same time as that receiver though, and might have lost some stats because of it. You could also argue it took pressure and eyes off of him though, and helped his numbers.
Clark spent eight years in Washington, from 1985 through 1992. In that time, he reeled in 549 receptions for 8,742 and 58 touchdowns.
His 8,742 receiving yards are the third-most in franchise history, and his 58 receiving touchdowns come in at fourth.
Clark made it to four Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro once while with Washington. He also won two Super Bowls with the team.
Washington’s had a lot of talented wide receivers. The fact that Clark put up the numbers he did with that certain other receiver becoming one of the best ever at the same time is just incredible.
3. Santana Moss
That’s right, I put Santana Moss ahead of Clark.
Clark doing what he did with the number one receiver on this list on that same team was impressive. However, it also helped him to not have all eyes on him. Oh, and he had a few more competent quarterbacks.
Moss was the lone attraction in the passing game for a long time in Washington.
And he did so from 2005 through 2014 (10 years) with a lot of random quarterbacks. Some that had no business starting in the NFL.
Moss finished his 10 years in Washington with 581 receptions for 7,867 yards and 47 touchdowns. That’s the third-most receptions in team history and fourth-most receiving yards.
Absurdly underrated in his career, Moss only made one Pro Bowl with the Redskins. One look at the numbers tells you he was much better than that. Even more impressive, one look at the game tape and you realize he was an all-time great that never got his due.
2. Charley Taylor
We’re into the top two and Charley Taylor takes this one pretty easily. Everyone before him could make a case for this spot, but in the end, it just had to go to Taylor.
What makes his career even more impressive is the fact that Taylor wasn’t always a wide receiver.
Taylor spent his entire 14-year career with the Redskins. The first three of those, he was listed as a running back.
So what did that equate to in the stat sheet? Taylor finished with 649 receptions for 9,110 yards and 79 receiving touchdowns. But he also had 1,488 yards and 11 more touchdowns on 442 carries.
The receiving yards and receptions are both second-most in the history of the franchise. Meanwhile, his receiving touchdowns are at the very top.
Taylor was an eight-time Pro Bowler and a member of the first-team All-Pro once. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
One of the GOATs of the Washington franchise, he’s more than deserving of the number two spot. In fact, if it wasn’t for the next guy….
1. Art Monk
This might be the easiest number one on any list for Washington. That’s not a knock on anyone else at the position either. It is simply pointing out how good Art Monk was.
This is the player that may have hurt, but also may have helped Clark’s production. It would be irresponsible to point out that while Clark played with Monk, that Monk also played with Clark.
That means things might have been a little easier for him at times, but also that he had another star that might have been taking some of his receptions and targets from him. Either way, that was just a scary duo.
Monk spent 14 years with Washington. In that time, he recorded 888 receptions for 12,026 yards and 65 touchdowns.
The touchdowns are the second-most in franchise history, behind only Taylor. Meanwhile, the receptions and receiving yards are far ahead of anyone else, giving him a comfortable lead as the franchise leader in these respective categories.
Monk made just three Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro just once with Washington. That definitely does not add up to what he deserved.
Monk was also a three-time Super Bowl champion and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Easily the greatest wide receiver in the history of the Washington football franchise. Monk can stake claim to even more than that. He would probably crack a lot of people’s top-10 all-time at the position, regardless of team.
Monk was just that good.