“What if” everything breaks right for the 2020 Redskins?
By Tim Meek
No. 5 – Saahdiq Charles solidifies the offensive line
The foundation of a great offense is the offensive line. It’s the one aspect of the NFL game that has never changed. A great offensive line will generally lead to a good offense.
The Redskins have quietly built solid depth on the line, especially in the interior. In recent years, we’ve seen what the injury bug can do to an offensive line that doesn’t have depth. But the Redskins still have their biggest question-mark at the most important position of the offensive line: Left tackle.
But what if fourth-round pick Saahdiq Charles earns the starting spot and becomes a viable starter? It may not be as far-fetched as you think. Charles was a three-year starter at LSU and a member of the offensive line group named the best in college football last year. He’s excellent in space and has the versatility to play multiple positions. He’s better in pass protection, which is definitely more valuable in the NFL.
Per Pro Football Focus, the Top 5 tackles in the NFL in 2019 were drafted in these rounds:
1st round: 1
2nd round: 2
It’s not entirely uncommon for great linemen to be selected later in the draft. What if the Redskins get lucky with Charles? If so, the offensive line as a unit should be at least in the middle of the pack, and good enough to keep Haskins off the ground and open enough holes for the running game to be effective.