The Redskins enter the 2020 offseason a team in flux. Washington replaced head coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start to the season with interim Bill Callahan. Then, they elected to hire former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera to take the job permanently. Rivera and the Redskins draft needs are focused along the offense and in the secondary.
Redskins Draft Needs
The Redskins have committed to their first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but now it’s time to solidify the line in front of him and provide him with weapons to throw to.
The Trent Williams saga has thrown much of the left side of the line in question. Williams held out and didn’t play in 2019. Veteran Donald Penn was serviceable, but right tackle Morgan Moses struggled. Washington also has questions on the interior of the line as well, including the impending free agency of Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff.
With the depth of the tackle group in the 2020 draft, the Redskins should consider adding one of these players at some point in the mid-rounds. The team could also address the position in free agency, and look to trade Williams for additional draft assists.
The Washington secondary surrendered 35 passing touchdowns in 2019, including eight games giving up at least three.
Quinton Dunbar had a solid 2019, leading the team with four interceptions. He’s a playmaker on the outside, but it’s been reported he’s demanded a trade.
Washington has parted ways with veteran Josh Norman, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they target a veteran like former Carolina Panther James Bradberry in free agency or spend a mid-round selection on a corner.
Washington relied on a set of very young receivers in 2019. Rookie third-rounder Terry McLaurin led the team across the board. The Redskins also got contributions from undrafted free agent wideout Steven Sims and rookie sixth-rounder Kelvin Harmon.
The Redskins cut ties with veteran receiver Paul Richardson and could look to fill that void in free agency. But the depth of the 2020 wide receiver class could afford the team with a chance to land a difference maker on Day 2 of the draft.
Although the tight end class is relatively shallow for the 2020 NFL Draft, the Redskins have a clear need there. The team released veteran tight end Jordan Reed, who suffered his seventh concussion last season. The other tight ends that contributed were Jeremy Sprinkle and 36-year-old Vernon Davis.
The Redskins could use a mid-round selection at the position.
Some of the other Redskins draft needs are linebacker, safety and running back.
Redskins Draft Capital
Washington holds the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft. In addition, the Redskins have picks 64, 96, 128, 191 and 204. Since they lost Jamison Crowder in free agency, the team expects to receive a fourth-round compensatory selection.
The Redskins do not have a second or sixth round pick in 2020 thanks to a part of trades last season.
With the No. 2 overall pick, Washington is expected to select Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. There’s been some talk of a potential trade down, but the Redskins are asking for a king’s ransom from any team looking to jump up.
Adding Young would give Washington one of the most formidable defensive fronts in all of football. They traded back into the first round last season to choose Montez Sweat, and the team has veteran pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan.
Should the Redskins elect to trade the pick, for say Miami’s No. 5 overall and other picks, the team could target Young’s Ohio State teammate cornerback Jeff Okudah.
With their third-round pick, the Redskins could target a tackle prospect such as Auburn’s Prince Tega Wanogho.
If the team is awarded with a fourth-round compensatory pick, it could be used to address need at safety with Georgia’s J.R. Reed. In the fifth round, Washington may target tight end prospects like Dayton’s Adam Trautman, or someone like Washington cornerback Myles Bryant.
At the back end of the draft, the Redskins, like every teams, will likely select the best player available regardless of position.
The Redskins draft needs are spread out on both sides of the ball, but the team needs to focus on adding talent to an interesting young core. Hit on some of these picks, and they could make a quick turnaround.
New coach Ron Rivera should have a fearsome defense in 2020 as the team looks to bounce back from a 3-13 season.