The Choice: Saahdiq Charles, OL, Louisiana State
Our Choice: Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia (Dolphins)
This is a difficult choice for a couple of reasons. First, Saahdiq Charles missed his first season (with the exception of two plays) with the Washington Football Team because of an injury. It may feel like we are penalizing Charles by listing another player and not giving him a fair chance to prove his worth. Secondly, for what it’s worth, we all hope Charles can become the force that he was at LSU and what has been expected of him with the Burgundy and Gold.
Kindley was an absolute stud for the Dolphins in his first season and he was available with Washington’s first pick in this round. Kindley has the size and athleticism to dominate at right guard for the next decade or more. If Washington had chosen the former Bulldog, it is likely he would be the current starter on the right side and Brandon Scherff would be with another team. Washington would’ve saved their money and kept the $18M franchise tag that Scherff was given.
Charles will have every chance to produce a solid career with Washington. If Scherff goes down with another injury in 2021, this Cajun County Bayou Bengal will have an opportunity to take that next step and make it his own. For now, we will go with Kindley, but wish Charles the best – we are cheering for him.
The Choice: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
Our Choice: Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse (Seahawks)
The Washington Football Team began the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft with two picks in the fourth round and chose Antonio Gandy-Golden. His first season with Washington was largely forgettable. He was placed on injured reserve a few games into the season and produced one catch for three yards and a jet sweep for 22 yards. That was the extent of his 2020 season.
A better choice for Washington would’ve been defensive end Alton Robinson of the Seahawks. He was selected early in the fifth round and would be a solid depth option on the defensive line. Robinson enjoyed a good rookie campaign for Seattle and his presence in Washington could’ve been a bonus late in the season, as Ryan Kerrigan was largely ineffective down the stretch.
AGG will need to have a very solid training camp and preseason if he is to remain in a Washington Football Team uniform. The receiver corps was substantially upgraded during this offseason and his path to a place on the roster has greatly narrowed. In retrospect, Robinson is a much better choice for Washington late in the fourth round.