Rating the Skins 2020 Draft Selections

Burner's Burning Questions: Rating the Skins 2020 Draft Selections


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The 2020 NFL draft is now in the history books and today we take a look at the draftees and UDFAs. The descriptions for each player are brief summations for the members of BGO.

The Redskins had picks in rounds one, three, four, five, and seven. They also had a compensatory pick in the fourth round and one extra pick in the fifth and seventh rounds via trades.

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*****Official Selections*****

Here is the draft analysis from BBQ

Round One: Chase Young, Edge/DE, Ohio St. – 6’5, 265
Arguably the best overall player in the draft was there for the taking and the Redskins turned in the (virtual) card. Young is the next great pass rusher in a program that has produced some incredible talent at the edge position in recent years. The impact will be immediate. A quarterback’s nightmare. Excellent run defender. Perfectly tailored for a 4-3 defense.

Round Three: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR/KR, Memphis – 6’0”, 228
So anyway, is he a running back, wide receiver, or kick returner? Gibson was decent at each position a few years ago in community college. Two seasons ago, he saw little action in his first season as a Tiger. Then, 2019 happened. 38 receptions at 19 yards a catch with eight touchdowns. 33 carries at 11 yards per run and four touchdowns. 28 yards per return and one touchdown. How about his 4.39 40 speed? Explosive in all three phases – his versatility is scary good. Does Gibson remind Ron Rivera of Christian McCaffrey?

Round Four: Saahdiq Charles, OT, Louisiana St. – 6’4”, 320
Saahdiq Charles has been busy this offseason. He has added twenty pounds of bulk and muscle to his frame. The biggest knock on Charles was his lack of strength, but his offseason regimen has scouts re-assessing that claim now. He is mobile and while some of his techniques need minor adjustments, this Cajun County Bayou Bengal is definitely ready for life at the next level. Could become a starter by mid-season, maybe sooner.

Round Four, Comp Pick: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty – 6’4”, 225
The Redskins drafted a small Virginia college prospect last year (Jimmy Moreland, James Madison) and history has repeated itself as they draft another small Virginia college prospect in 2020 – Antonio Gandy-Golden of the Liberty Flames. In a draft where the receiving class is considered to be the deepest in nearly twenty-five years, he was able to draw a lot of attention. Good red zone target. Better utilized as an X and Z receiver – AGG can stretch the field and is not an inside option. Slower 40 speed hurt his draft stock, but he is shifty on the outside and deceptively quick. The last Virginia small college wide receiver to have an impact with the Redskins? Gary Clark (James Madison).

Round Five: Keith Ismael, OC, San Diego St. – 6’3”, 310
Keith Ismael is a very talented center, but centers rarely get chosen in the first two rounds of a draft. In a draft where many talented skill position players were selected in the early rounds, solid players dropped further than expected and that benefitted the Redskins in round five. BBQ had Ismael rated as a late third or early fourth rounder. He has a very good chance at unseating Ross Pierschbacher as the backup center and could be a solid starter much sooner than fans may realize.

Round Five: Khaleke Hudson, ILB, Michigan – 5’11”, 225
Khaleke Hudson was a surprise pick by analysts in the fifth round. BBQ had a low grade on Hudson and considered him to be a UDFA. He was drafted for one reason only – his special teams acumen. Hudson plays with a crazy streak and he is something of a loose cannon on defense. He roams the field and free lances way too much. Offensive linemen push him around with ease and bigger tight ends abuse him often. He could shine on special teams, but will have little to no impact on defense.

Round Seven: Kamren Curl, SS/FS/CB, Arkansas – 6’1”, 205
Kamren Curl played three different defensive back positions at Arkansas, but he projects as a strong safety at the next level. Playing closer to the line will hide his lack of speed and coverage issues. Curl should be a very good special teams player and that is where he will need to earn his keep early in his career. Curl is a hard hitter and his addition to the roster officially puts Deshazor Everett on notice. This Razorback could work his way into the strong safety rotation within a year or two.

Round Seven: James Smith-Williams, DE, North Carolina St. – 6’4”, 265
Is James Smith-Williams the steal of the draft for the Redskins? If it wasn’t for several bad luck injuries at N.C. State the last few years, he would’ve been a third round selection or possibly late second round pick. He’s that good. Smith-Williams had a good combine and BBQ thought he would be drafted in the fifth or sixth round. He could work his way into the defensive line rotation within a year if his health can hold up. The Redskins took a chance and it may pay huge dividends.

Undrafted Free Agents
Johnathan Johnson, WR, Missouri
Johnson was a complimentary receiver at Missouri and nothing more. He is a longshot to make the practice squad.

Thaddeus Moss, TE, Louisiana St.
Moss has a realistic chance of making the roster. He was a contributing piece of LSU’s national championship team.

Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
Montez has a chance of making the roster as well. At the very least, he will find a place on the practice squad.

Isaiah Wright, WR, Temple
Wright has a very realistic chance of being on the practice squad and could find his way to the roster within a couple of years.

Additional Notes
The fourth round comp pick comes from the deal that sent Jamison Crowder to the Jets. All other possible comp picks have been canceled out.

We will be combining the draft updates with the free agency updates starting next week.

What a ride it has been. Thank you for all the kind words of support and encouragement this offseason. We have a while to go until the offseason becomes the inseason. See you as we go along.

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