A blueprint for the Redskins 2020 NFL Draft: Part II
The Redskins had an abysmal 2019, but the NFL rewards poor play a few months later with prime draft positions. With the second overall pick in the first round, the front office will have several options. Will they choose a player that is considered to be a “generational” talent? Will they trade down to obtain more picks? Will they trade for players from another team? We could probably rule out that last consideration. The first two options are certainly on the table.
Chase Young (Ohio State), the prized defensive end, is all but penciled in as the choice. The vast majority of analysts regard him as the best overall prospect in the draft and he should be there for the taking. This is the likely scenario. However, the brain trust in the front office could be persuaded to make a trade if another team gives up a substantial amount of draft assets. Any team making that offer could also include additional considerations such as current players and future draft picks in the years to come. If such a trade is executed, here are some players who may receive consideration in the first round.
If a trade for Trent Williams is consummated before the draft, the Redskins could choose a tackle in the first round. Andrew Thomas (Georgia), Tristan Wirfs (Iowa), Jedrick Wills (Alabama), and Mekhi Becton (Louisville) are top-tier tackles who could start from Day One. Other players who could receive a call from the Redskins include wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons (Clemson), and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (Ohio State).