The 2020 NFL Draft is finally here! At times the fan debate on social media has gotten ugly, but the consensus pick for Washington has been Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. The fact is that trades are a reality in the NFL draft. Will the Redskins trade back from the #2 overall pick? It could happen if a “Godfather” type offer comes along, but the odds are slim.
The list below mentions some possible Redskins’ options, not only in the 1st round, but prospects in the Top 100 that could be selected. Positions such as: quarterback, running back, defensive tackle, interior offensive lineman and defensive end (except for C.Young) and outside linebacker won’t be included on this list based on the unlikelihood of those positions being addressed within the first three to four rounds. Although new Redskins’ HC Ron Rivera has been adamant that the they’ll consider the BPA during the draft, many names on the list could fit a need and also could be available with their second pick of the draft at #66.
1. Chase Young 6’6″ 265 lbs Edge OSU
After the selection of Montez Sweat in the previous draft, Edge Rusher isn’t an immediate need for the Redskins. The Buckeye defensive end was a Heisman finalist and was equally dynamic against the run as he was versus the pass. Although he’s been typecast as a DE, he shows the athletic ability to play anywhere on the front line and that’s exactly how an innovative defensive coordinator should use Young on the next level. Young’s muscular frame adds to the intrigue with his instilled work ethic and dedication to improving his cardiovascular ability prior to the 2019 season. What’s intriguing about Young is that he seems to be just scratching the surface of his ability and has the ceiling of an All Pro pass rusher. Washington has more pressing needs at LT, CB, TE and WR, but passing up on Young could be a decision that haunts the Redskins for decades.
2. Isaiah Simmons 6’4″ 230 lbs LB Clemson
Isaiah Simmons was built to face modern day NFL offenses who are increasingly adopting more NFL schemes. A team facing a dual threat signal caller such as Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson, would be wise to invest a high pick on the Clemson linebacker. In addition to playing linebacker, Simmons also lined up at safety and nickel corner. If that wasn’t enough, he was also deployed off the edge as a pass rusher making him the type of hybrid defender that never has to come off the field. Simmons’ ability to transition in his back pedal and open up his hips in coverage make him one of the most athletic defenders in this year’s class. Some might believe that selecting a linebacker might be a luxury for Washington, but his versatility to rush the passer, be deployed as a spy and drop into coverage make him an intriguing prospect on the next level.
3. Jeffrey Okudah 6’1″ 200 lbs CB OSU
Make no mistake, Jeffrey Okudah is the next shutdown NFL corner and could be the best OSU defensive back over the last decade. He is proficient in man coverage but is also scheme versatile and should be covering the offense’s best receiver on every snap. He understands route concepts and knows how to knock receivers off their routes without get handsy and drawing penalties. This will pay off in the NFL with the flag happy refs. The best attribute for the Buckeye might just be his range. In addition, he has the ability to gather himself while using his speed to recover if out of position. If not for Young garnering national attention, Okudah might have drawn more attention and praise amongst evaluators.
4.Jerry Jeudy 6’1″ 192 lbs WR Alabama
As far as this year’s deep receiver class goes, it’s Jerry Jeudy and the rest. By his own account, he is one of the best route runners ever to play for HC Nick Saban. Jeudy’s ability to get in and out of his breaks using pure speed is impressive. His double move is the best I’ve evaluated and will give NFL defensive backs headaches trying to game plan for. Jeudy shows soft hands, rarely body catching, and should draw double coverage even as a rookie.
5. CeeDee Lamb 6’2″ 189 lbs WR Oklahoma
If Jeudy is the draft’s top receiver, CeeDee Lamb is 1B. The Sooner’s ability to avoid jams at the line give him a leg up when transitioning to the NFL. Lamb’s innate ability to come down with the ball in traffic make him a receiver that can be moved all over the field. What excites scouts is his willingness and ability to block in space, which isn’t emphasized by most college programs. Lamb will be a highly coveted prospect on draft night and it’s likely he doesn’t last past the top 15.
6. Tristan Wirfs 6’5″ 322 lbs OT Iowa
Tristan Wirfs played RT for most of his time at Iowa, but that shouldn’t limit his upside as a potential Top 10 talent in this year’s class. The Iowa tackle is the most athletic offensive lineman in this year’s draft. And it’s not close. His ability to block in space and pull are the best in the class. He understands technique and leverage when facing speed rushers with effective counter moves. He has the strength and length to be effective in the run game as well, but needs to work on his hand usage at times when going downhill. Although Wirfs could start his NFL career on the right side, I envision the Hawkeye eventually making the switch to the left side and becoming a franchise left tackle for years to come.
7. Henry Ruggs III 6’0″ 190 lbs WR Alabama
Jeudy’s partner in crime, Henry Ruggs III, is the speedy receiver teams covet. The Tide receiver blew onlookers away with a 4.27 second, forty yard dash and an equally impressive 42″ vertical during the combine. Many talent evaluators believe he’ll have an immediate impact on the next level as a deep threat. A concern among scouts is his lack of ability to beat press coverage and he is viewed as a “1 trick pony” as far as route running goes. Refining his route tree ability should be Ruggs’ pre-draft priority. His film shows an explosive receiver that might not be a WR#1 on the next level, but still has the ability to be a game changer from the slot and likely comes off the board in round 1.
8. Jedrick Wills 6’5″ 320 lbs OT Alabama
Jedrick Willis is a mauler and his strength pops on his film. The Alabama lineman looks like an absolute monster when blocking in space. The film shows a talented lineman who could project better inside, as opposed to tackle in the NFL. His run blocking ability is undeniable, but his ceiling in pass pro is a legitimate question if you’re a team looking for a bookend franchise tackle. The right side could be where Willis ends up, but his ability to slide inside make him an intriguing prospect
9. Andrew Thomas 6’5″ 320 lbs OT UGA
The Bulldog blind side protector is a force in the run and pass game. Although, at times, Andrew Thomas struggles with smaller speed rushers, his ability to recover and knock pass rushers off the ball with an effective punch is second to none. He displays a fluid kick-slide and knows how to use his hands without grabbing. Although Thomas needs more coaching on the next level with recognizing angles and pulling in the run game, his ability to correct issues were on display from his freshman season to his last. The power run game is where Thomas shines, but he should be able to have a seamless transition to zone blocking schemes as well.
10. C.J. Henderson 6’1″ 202 lbs CB Florida
CJ Henderson is still raw in a few areas, but makes up for it with long arms and soft hands. The Gator corner was often used in blitz packages, but it’s clear Florida didn’t spend enough time refining his technique. Henderson is a willing tackler and is at his best when playing off coverage. The quick twitch defensive back has a ton of ability and could just be scratching the surface as a cover-corner. As a run defender, he’s willing to mix it up and can be an asset in an aggressive scheme.
11. Mekhi Becton 6’7″ 369 lbs OT Louisville
Mekhi Becton projects as a day 1 starter at LT in the NFL. What jumps out with Becton is his imposing size and strength. He also shows the bend and athleticism to be a dominant tackle. He still has some technique issues to clean up, but isn’t overwhelmed by speed rushers. In the end, Becton could be the best tackle in this class 5 years from now with his combination of elite size and flexibility.
12.Xavier McKinney 6’1″ 200 lbs Safety Alabama
The Draft Network believes Xavier McKinney is this year’s version of former Alabama standout and current Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. That’s high praise for McKinney, but the attributes are there with his ability to play corner and safety. He might not have elite speed, but his knowledge of angles and ability to jump routes could make him an ideal FS in the NFL. McKinney is an effective blitzer off the edge and could be used in a variety of ways by NFL coordinators.
13. Laviska Shenault Jr. 6’2″ 220 lbs WR Colorado
The Colorado receiver is the prototypical “do it all” offensive weapon who’s even lined up as an H-Back and QB from the Wildcat in some of the Buffalo’s offensive sets. In ’18 Shenault led the nation in catches per game as well as yards from scrimmage. What stands out is his NFL ready frame and his unwillingness to go down after initial contact. Many scouts have other receivers ahead of Laviska Shenault Jr based on durability concerns, but his ability to contribute in multiple run and pass packages make it hard to take him off the field.
14. Patrick Queen 6’0″ 227 lbs LB LSU
The LSU linebacker is a bit undersized for the position and could benefit from adding 10-15 pounds. In saying that, Patrick Queen is a prototypical coverage linebacker and showed incredible range covering tight ends on the highest level, playing in the SEC. He also displays tremendous ability against the run, forcing teams to account for him on every play. Queen is an every down linebacker and the WLB looks to be his best fit on the next level.
15. Justin Jefferson 6’3″ 192 lbs WR LSU
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow didn’t achieve success on his own and LSU’s Justin Jefferson has gone a bit under-the-radar for some talent evaluators. With 14 TD’s and a 13.7 ypc average, the Tiger receiver has displayed the ability to be a playmaker on the next level. Jefferson excels at finding openings in zone coverage and utilizes an effective juke move to beat coverage. Although he needs refinement with his overall route running and technique on the next level, he offers an intriguing size/athleticism combination to have success on the next level.
16. Josh Jones 6’5″ 311 lbs OT Houston
Blocking in the open field might just be Jones’ best attribute. The Houston tackle is still raw, but that is mainly attributed to sub-par coaching. Josh Jones will rely on his athleticism early on, but refining his technique will be paramount for his maturation. He’s a nimble blocker with impressive ability to flip his hips. At this point the Houston OL is better in pass pro, but can still be effective versus the run. Working on his footwork should be priority #1, but the talent is there to be an anchor at LT within a year or two.
17. Grant Delpit 6’3″ 201 lbs Safety LSU
Delpit is a versatile safety with impressive size and athleticism. The LSU safety excels in zone coverage and displays impressive range. Although he’s is still a work in progress, Grant Delpit‘s ability to make game changing plays is undeniable. Some have questioned his tackling ability, but his willingness is evident. Delpit has dropped on some draft boards from an early first rounder to a potential late 1st-2nd rounder, but regardless he projects to be a day 1 starter at FS.
18. Jalen Reagor 5’11” 206 lbs WR TCU
Jalen Reagor displays elite ability to create in space and is at his best in the open field. The TCU receiver won’t out-muscle defensive backs, but is a lethal vertical threat and a big play waiting to happen. Some were surprised with his forty time at the combine (4.47 seconds); Many expected Reagor to run in the 4.30 sec range. That shouldn’t be a concern due to his elite change of direction ability and route tree knowledge, which is what separate him from other receivers with similar measurables in this class. Reagor should have a long career on the next level and although there are concerns with dropped passes, he’s a sure bet to be selected within the top 70.
19. Adam Trautman 6’5″ 251 lbs TE Dayton
Trautman is a former quarterback and an impressive athlete. His stock has risen throughout the draft process and he had one of the most impressive Senior Bowl week’s of any prospect. Adam Trautman answered some questions regarding his blocking ability during the week at Mobile, showing he’s functional in that area. He also displayed impressive acceleration with the ability to beat press coverage, routinely shaking defensive backs out of their shoes. In no way is Trautman a finished product, but he could be the first tight end to hear his name called on draft night. At one time, the Dayton tight end was viewed as a 4th-5th round prospect, but likely won’t last much farther than the Redskins pick at #66 overall.
20. Cole Kmet 6’4″ 235 lbs TE Notre Dame
Kmet has been viewed as the top tight end on many big boards, but comes in as TE#2 on this big board. Cole Kmet also played baseball during his time at Notre Dame. The Irish tight end had limited production during his first two years, between 2017-2018, without registering a touchdown. But in ’19 the tight end showed he could be a decent blocker and a good pass catcher. In saying that, Kmet let too many balls into his chest and needs to become a hands catcher. Although still raw in some areas he shows an effective release and is improving in his route running.
21.Hunter Bryant 6’2″ 239 lbs TE Washington
Some talent evaluators are put off by Hunter Bryant‘s lack of size for an NFL tight end, but this kid is electrifying with the ball in his hands. The Huskie tight end understands how to beat zone coverage and works convincingly as a decoy in the passing game. He shows the ability to to beat man coverage, which he’ll see less of on the next level as a flex tight end. Getting to top speed quickly might be what gets him drafted by creative OCs who utilize pass-heavy schemes. Working on his hands need to be his priority during the pre-draft process, as he lets the ball get into his body too often. In saying that, Bryant is an absolute force with 50/50 balls and could compliment what the new Redskins’ HC wants to implement with Dwayne Haskins.
22. Denzel Mims 6’3″ 207 lbs WR Baylor
Mims is another prospect that saw his stock rise during the Senior Bowl. The Baylor receiver showed scouts that his blocking ability could be the best in the class and knows how to utilize his long arms when blocking in space. Denzel Mims is an aggressive pass catcher that shows strong hands when high pointing 50/50 balls and boxes out like a power forward. His 4.38 second, forty time surprised many talent evaluators at the combine and added to his value. Once believed to be a 4th-5th round prospect, Mims will likely hear his name called no later than the 2nd round in this year’s draft.
23. Bryan Edwards 6’3″ 212 lbs WR South Carolina
Edwards is an absolute load to bring down and was used frequently on gadget run plays during his time at S.Carolina. He’s extremely shifty and doesn’t often get jammed at the line. Although he needs work on his route tree concepts, he knows how to create separation. Bryan Edwards was a second-team All SEC in ’19 and led the Gamecocks with 71 rec for 816 yards (11.5 per rec) and six touchdowns (also seven punt returns for 125 yards with a 17.9 average). Edwards broke his foot in February during his preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine. It’s believed that Edwards would have run in the sub 4.5 second range if he had been able to participate in combine drills. The injury has dropped him down many boards, but the receiver represents exceptional value, if available, in the 3rd round.
24. Kenneth Murray 6’2″ 241 LB Oklahoma
The Sooner linebacker has incredible range with the speed and ability to cover in space. Although Kenneth Murray wasn’t often used as a coverage linebacker, he’s willing and able. Murray is at his best when playing downhill and projects as a high ceiling SAM linebacker. Although many view Murray as a 1st round talent, he does have limitations and needs to refine his technique. System fit will be key for the Sooner LB on the next level, but his talent is undeniable.
25.Michael Pittman Jr. 6’4″ 223 lbs
Michael Pittman Jr. was amongst the best receivers in college football registering 101 receptions for 1,275 yards (12.6 average) and 11 scores in 13 starts duing his final season at USC. The Trojan receiver was a Biletnikoff Award finalist, second-team Associated Press All-American, and first-team All-Pac-12. His father was a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 11 seasons. Pittman Jr. opened eyes during the NFL Combine posting a 4.52 sec forty, which is impressive for his size. Although his timed speed is impressive, he struggles at times to create separation in coverage. On the next level, utilizing his strength to beat press coverage and ability to block in space make him an intriguing prospect. With draft projections ranging from 2nd-4th round, Pittman Jr. could be a steal late in this rich, wide receiver class.
Just Missed the Cut
Tee Higgins 6’4″ 216 lbs WR Clemson
The Clemson receiver has been productive with 2,103 rec yards and 25 touchdowns over the last two seasons. The primary knock on Tee Higgins has been his ability to beat press coverage, but this can be refined on the next level. Many evaluators have him rated higher, but this list factors in team fit and I have receivers with higher grades, which keep him on the outside looking in on this big board.