Redskins 2020 NFL Draft Day 3 mock: Filling remaining needs
By Ian Cummings
Round 4, Pick 108: Appalachian State LB Akeem Davis-Gaither
This is my favorite scenario, hands-down, at No. 108. Akeem Davis-Gaither was a Top-50 player for me, and he’s still available at the top of Round 4. Davis-Gaither is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 224, but he still has a solid frame as a potential coverage linebacker at the next level. He’s ultra-productive and plays fast and smooth, and getting a player with Davis-Gaither’s tools and mentality into Ron Rivera’s hands would potentially yield major dividends.
The Redskins are a bit crowded at linebacker at the moment, but the long-term uncertainty surrounding the team’s tentative starters makes this kind of value deal impossible to ignore. Davis-Gather could be a starter early, and morph into a productive starter by year two or year three.
Round 4, Pick 142: LSU TE Stephen Sullivan
This may seem like a bit of a reach, and it is; I won’t deny that. But if the Redskins want versatility at every position on offense, picking LSU’s Stephen Sullivan is a move that aligns with that philosophy. Sullivan is one of the biggest projections in the 2020 NFL Draft, as his production was minimal in college. But Sullivan has all the traits needed to be a weapon with some NFL coaching.
At the NFL Combine, Sullivan measured out at 6-foot-5, 248, with massive 35-inch arms. He also logged a 4.66 40-yard dash time, an explosive 36.5-inch vertical, and a broad jump of over ten feet. Potential is what the Redskins are reaching for here, and if they can glean Sullivan’s upside from his profile, he could be a legitimate starter before the end of his rookie deal.