We’re now on to Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft, with a new in-depth podcast episode on Redskins fifth-round selection and former San Diego State center Keith Ismael.
The early-round picks get the most attention during each NFL Draft cycle, and with good reason. The early picks are often widely regarded as the best prospects, with the best chance to impact their team positively early on. We’ve seen this effect clearly in 2020, with Washington Redskins first-round pick Chase Young.
The early selections get all the glory, but the later picks in the NFL Draft matter a great deal as well, and hitting on Day 2 and Day 3 selections consistently is one of the main differences between a playoff hopeful and a playoff contender.
The fifth round is a particularly interesting place in the pecking order; it’s not adjacent to the second day like Round 4, but it’s not strictly-speaking the tail end of the draft. Round 5 is where some gems can fall, and the Redskins have experienced this in recent years, benefiting from fifth-round selections such as Cole Holcomb, Matt Ioannidis, and former third-down back Chris Thompson.
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In this year’s NFL Draft, the Redskins had two more fifth-round selections, which they used on San Diego State center Keith Ismael and Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson. Our next two podcast episodes will be devoted to covering these players, and the podcast linked herein details the nuances surrounding Ismael’s selection and NFL outlook.
In this episode on Ismael, I was joined by my colleague Jacob Camenker to discuss Ismael’s projection at the NFL, his defining traits, his floor and ceiling as a prospect, and how his arrival and development might impact Chase Roullier’s contract situation. There’s also bonus content, such as an oddly-placed rant about weather, and a quick cameo from my twin brother. To listen, simply click the play button below!
Thanks, as always, for listening, and stay tuned for our podcast episode on Khaleke Hudson, which will be up later this weekend. Also feel free to voice your thoughts and opinions on the Ismael selection in the comments section below.