Mocking the first five Redskins picks of the 2020 NFL Draft
Round 5, Pick 162: Justin Strnad, Linebacker, Wake Forest:
Here’s the late-round steal the Redskins fans always clamor for. Justin Strnad had a biceps injury that’ll surely cause him to fall heavily in this year’s draft, as the injury had him miss half of his senior season in 2019.
Strnad was a four-year starter for Wake Forest. The 6-foot-3, 238-pound linebacker was an All-ACC honorable mention twice and has improved year in and year out during his collegiate career.
Strnad will be a 24-year-old rookie, but his age reflects in his play positively. A high football IQ comes with Strnad’s play, along with great man coverage skills and physicality in every phase of the position’s needs.
Strnad continues to develop strongly with every snap he takes it seems, he really shows off his fast, physical style of play with the plays he makes from going sideline to sideline as he has solid range.
Strnad’s level of play also comes with a very high motor. An evident hard worker that has also done well as a special teamer when asked, he proved at the collegiate level when healthy that he is a very good linebacker and a very good special teamer. He’s another versatile player that Coach Ron and Jack Del Rio could potentially fall in love with the more practice and playing time he receives.
Linebacker and versatility are two things the Redskins desperately need. While they won’t get the next Ray Lewis at this pick, Strnad has shown positive developmental traits. And those seemingly only improve the more time he’s on the football field.