What was already going to be a fascinating draft for Washington Redskins fans now even more interesting. We know that Chase Young will be picked at number two overall, but where will the Redskins go with their remaining six picks? After multiple simulations (thanks to PFN) and reading various mock drafters, including the great Ben Standig, here is what I was able to conjure up for the Redskins 2020 Draft.
Round 1 (2) – Chase Young (Edge)
This is the easiest decision the Redskins front office will be making this draft. Chase Young will be a staple on the Redskins defense for the next 10+ years and wreaking havoc on NFC East QBs from day one. There really is nothing more to say about Young that has already been said.
Round 3 (66) – Cole Kmet (TE)
The Redskins third round and first fourth round picks are a real roll of the dice. Who is available at these two picks vary from simulation to simulation and mock drafter to mock drafter. With that being said, I am going to go with Cole Kmet the Tight End from Notre Dame. I personally like Harrison Bryant over Kmet. However, the value is at 66 for him and it is now likely Harrison won’t be at 108 when the Redskins pick next. Kmet has been discussed as the most pro ready Tight End in a very shallow class. Since it’s so shallow and Kmet has a lot of the qualities that Rivera wants in his players, it makes the most sense. If it’s not Kmet, it’ll likely be Trautman or a receiver here.
Round 4 (108) – Van Jefferson (WR)
More offense? Yes, please! Van Jefferson was extremely impressive at Florida and would be drafted higher if it wasn’t for such a deep class. Jefferson knows when to come back to the ball and can track the deep ball with the best of them. His hands, when he uses them, are the type you want to have on a third and five with the game on the line. Jefferson is slated to be a slot receiver in the NFL, but there is no reason you can’t have two slot receivers on the field at the same time. Haskins also needs weapons. I would expect him to also take over on punt returns allowing Steve Sims Jr. to focus on being the primary slot receiver.
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Round 4 (142) – Saahdiq Charles (OT)
Saahdiq Charles was a key piece to LSU’s national title run helping protect Joe Burrow. He is a pure left tackle that could transition to the same role at the NFL with some work on his balance. He has the athleticism and physicality to push defenders to the next level and create major holes in the running game. With the tone that Rivera is setting, Charles is more likely to reach his potential then bottom out and be a back-up.
Round 5 (162) – Hakeem Adeniji (OT)
Hakeem Adeniji is probably one of the more interesting offensive line prospects in this draft in my opinion. He has the ability and upside to play and start at every position. He can tend to be upright to much and lose leverage in the passing game. However, in the running game he is explosive and can get out in space to make room for the running back. I am not sure he would be a 10-year starter at left tackle, but he has the ability to do that at right tackle and replace Morgan Moses when the team is ready to move on.
Round 7 (216) – Juwan Johnson (TE)
Juwan Johnson was a wide receiver at Oregon. Meanwhile, he owns the frame and route running style that best suits him for tight end. Even with the addition of a tight end in free agency and early in the draft, Johnson has the upside to be a TE2 and can be stashed on the practice squad to develop over the next year or two. His hands are reliable and something that Haskins will need to succeed and allow for drives to be extended.
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Round 7 (229) – Lamar Jackson (DB)
At this point, it is best player available and the all-around defensive back Lamar Jackson is the best player for the Redskins to take. With cornerback pretty much set there is a need at safety. Troy Apke shows some flashes, but there could be more competition there. Jackson has the range to play free safety and come in at corner back when needed. Lamar will excel at special teams and could be a reliable one in the same vein as Deshazor Everett.
There you have it. Ron Rivera mentioned multiple times that he loves starting rookies. So it would not surprise me to see many of those drafted on the Redskins 2020 53-man roster contributing early and often. Don’t forget to tune in to our live draft coverage starting Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Here’s to what will be an unforgettable NFL Draft.