Mike Fanelli | February 6th, 2020
The Washington Redskins’ 2019 season didn’t go as anyone had planned. Between the merry-go-round at quarterback, the injuries, and the coaching/front office dumpster fire, it’s amazing the Redskins didn’t finish with the worse record in the NFL. However, the reward for the horrible season is the number two overall draft pick. Thanks to a draft night trade last season, the Redskins don’t have a second-round pick (34th overall), as it now belongs to the Indianapolis Colts. However, thanks to losing Jamison Crowder in free agency last year, the Redskins are projected to receive a fourth-round compensatory pick. In total, the Redskins are projected to have seven draft picks this year.
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Round 1, Pick 2: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
This is a no brainer pick for the Redskins. Unless another team offers a bounty of picks for a quarterback that the Redskins can’t turn down, Young is the pick. While the Redskins don’t need help at defensive end, Young is viewed as a generational prospect. While Redskins’ twitter argues back and forth on whether to trade this pick or not, a trio of Young, last year’s first-round pick Montez Sweat, and veteran Ryan Kerrigan would be arguably the best in the league.
Round 3, Pick 66: Ashtyn Davis, SAF, California
Landon Collins has the strong safety spot locked down but the rotation of Troy Apke, Deshazor Everett, and Montae Nicholson aren’t working at free safety. Expect the Redskins to target Carolina Panthers’ safety Tre Boston in free agency as he has a strong connection with Ron Rivera. However, if the Redskins miss out on him, Davis would be a nice option instead. He would start from day one opposite of Collins. While Davis isn’t an elite cover safety, he has very good ball skills. He had six interceptions over his last two years at Cal and nine passes defended. Finally finding a starting caliber safety to pair with Collins is a must this offseason. For more on Davis, check out his scouting report here.
Round 4, Pick 105: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Hopefully, the Redskins will be able to convince Trent Williams to return this season. If he doesn’t return, the team will need to address the offensive tackle spot either in free agency by re-signing Donald Penn or adding someone off the open market. However, even if Williams returns, he will turn 32 years old before the 2020 season starts and he hasn’t played in all 16 games since 2013. Former second-round pick Geron Christian has been a bust and a future starter at left tackle needs to be added. Adams missed the entire 2018 season because of a back injury and struggled with injuries during his time at Washington. However, when he is on the field, Adams plays like a top 60 pick, especially in the running game.
Trey Adams drive blocking like a bulldozer. pic.twitter.com/MZf8aP4GYM— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) October 4, 2016
Round 4, Pick 141: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Vernon Davis recently announced his retirement while Jordan Reed never stays healthy and will be cut in the coming weeks. Jeremy Sprinkle is entering the last year of his rookie deal but isn’t the long term starter at tight end. The Redskins should sign a veteran like Greg Olsen in free agency to a short term deal and spend a middle-round pick on a tight end. Many thought Okwuegbunam would have been a top 100 pick last year if he declared. Without Drew Lock, his production dropped in 2019, yet he scored six plus touchdowns for the third straight season. He won’t be ready to be the full time starter in 2020 but in 2021, the Redskins should cut the veteran and turn over the starting gig to Okwuegbunam.
Round 5, Pick 148: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
The trio of Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, and Steven Sims Jr. all had solid rookie seasons. However, Paul Richardson has been a major bust since signing a five year/$40 million dollar contract two years ago. This receiving unit needs another playmaker. After being stuck behind Lil’Jordan Humphrey on the depth chart in 2018, Duvernay exploded in 2019. His 106 catches for 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns were all career-highs and team highs. He made several impressive catches this season, especially in the red zone and on third down. If for some reason Duvernay is available in the fifth round, the Redskins should take two seconds to turn in the draft card.
Round 7, Pick 216: AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
Running back isn’t a big need for the Redskins but you can never have too many good running backs, just ask the San Francisco 49ers. Derrius Guice has played in just 16% of possible games so far in his NFL career, Adrian Peterson is a million years old, Chris Thompson can’t stay healthy and will likely be cut, and Bryce Love hasn’t played since December 2018. Dillon isn’t an elite prospect but he scored 10 or more rushing touchdowns in each of his three seasons at Boston College. Adding a big power back this late in the draft is a steal, especially given Guice’s injury history.
Round 7, Pick 229: Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon
Assuming the Redskins re-sign Ereck Flowers and Brandon Scherff, the offensive line is in good shape for next season. However, you can never have too much depth along the offensive line, especially with players who have experience at multiple positions. Throckmorton was one of only five offensive linemen in 2018 to start at four different positions. The perfect way to close out a draft is with an offensive lineman who can play multiple spots, especially for a team that has struggled with injuries and depth at the position over the last few years.
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