Three Redskins moves that should only be April Fools jokes
3. Overdrafting a tight end
This may seem counterintuitive give that the Redskins lack talent at the tight end position. Right now, the group of Jeremy Sprinkle, Logan Thomas, Richard Rodgers, and Hal Hentges figures to be fighting for playing time in 2020. Safe to say, that’s not ideal for the squad and it’s one of the reasons that Austin Hooper was a target of theirs this offseason.
That said, even despite their glaring hole at the position, the Redskins shouldn’t necessarily overdraft a tight end in 2020. The draft class is extremely weak at the position and it’s possible, albeit unlikely, that none will be selected until the third round.
Without the luxury of a second-round pick, the Redskins are likely hoping that either Dayton’s Adam Trautman or Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet are available with the 66th overall pick. But even if one is, the team is going to have to make a difficult decision at that juncture. Do they take one of the better tight ends in a weaker class or target a receiver or offensive tackle to start for their offense?
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Considering that the receiver and tackle classes are deep and some players that would normally be top-40 or top-50 picks may slide to the 66th spot, the Redskins need to at least consider doing the latter. They could focus on adding quality players at the deepest position pools in the draft and taking a flyer on a tight end later in the draft. It makes sense to do that, especially considering that the top tight ends in this draft class don’t necessarily look like sure-fire starters on paper.
Again, Kmet or Trautman could fit the draft range early in the third round. But even if either are on the board, the Redskins may want to consider other options that may fall to that spot. Chase Claypool, Prince Tega Wanogho, and Isaiah Wilson are all potential second-round players that could make it to that juncture and any of them would be better than the tight end options on the board.
No matter what happens in this draft, Washington is still going to have holes to address in 2021. And while having a massive issue at tight end may not be ideal, neither would drafting for need over value, especially when the value players may also fill needs. We’ll see what path the Redskins take, but no matter what, they shouldn’t be pressured into taking a tight end too early.