The 2020 NFL Draft is just over a month away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The Washington Redskins will be the second team evaluated.
The Redskins had an abysmal year all-around as they finished the year at 3-13. During the middle of the season, they fired long-time head coach Jay Gruden and have brought in Ron Rivera. He is a defensive-minded coach that brought a lot of success to the Carolina Panthers. It seems as though he needed a change in scenery and is now in the nation’s capital.
Offensively this team struggled to figure out what they wanted to do at Quarterback. They drafted Dwayne Haskins for the future and seemed comfortable having him learn behind Case Keenum. Then when Case started to falter they went to Haskins who looked good and bad at times as most rookies do. An injury forced him out and the team went back to Keenum. Andrian Peterson had his best year in quite a while but still couldn’t break the 1,000 yard barrier. Also Terry McLaurin showed that he was at least a solid number two option for the team’s future and possibly even a number one. That said, he also couldn’t surpass the 1,000 receiving mark although he was close.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins were near the bottom in most major categories. They gave up a lot of big plays through the air and were one of the worst run-stopping units in the league. The one area the team did well in was getting to the quarterback. They were in the top half in sacks and pressures. It could be as simple as needing a change in their scheme or even the plays that are being picked, but either way, something needs to change.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
Washington will have six picks to use in the 2020 NFL Draft.
First Round (one pick): No. 2
Second Round (no picks):
Third Round (one pick): No. 66
Fourth Round (one pick): No. 108
Fifth Round (one pick): No. 148
Sixth Round (no picks):
Seventh Round (two picks): No. 216, 229
Wide Receiver- Terry McLaurin is definitely a solid target, but outside of him, this team is pretty barren. If the team is committed to Haskins at Quarterback then they need to give him some weapons to use.
Tight-End- Jeremy Sprinkle showed that he is competent but the Redskins are going to need more than that. Finding a player that can be a nice outlet for Haskins would also be ideal.
Runningback- It was cool to see some of the old Adrian Peterson but relying on him long-term is a mistake. If nothing else getting a backup for him would be smart since it seems that Derrius Guice can’t stay healthy.
Cornerback- Bringing Kendall Fuller back was a step in the right direction but this was one of the worst units in the league against the pass. They need to get more.
Linebacker- This linebacker group should be better, but they simply aren’t. This needs to be a priority as they couldn’t cover anyone and were one of the worst at stopping the run last season.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 2: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State University
Getting the best player in the draft always feels good and while Joe Burrow will likely go first because he is a QB, Young is the best player. He could be a JJ Watt type force for a defense that was already good at getting to the Quarterback. While there are other areas that the team could address that they need more, passing up on a player this good would be a mistake. The only other option would be to trade down and get some more picks but it would have to be quite the offer.
Pick No. 66: Michael Pittman Jr, Wide Receiver, USC
Most people believe this is one of the deepest Wide Receiver drafts of all time. Because of this, a player like Pittman would comfortably go in the second round in a normal year. This isn’t a normal year and the Redskins should be thrilled about that. Pittman is a big receiver who can make the catch in a multitude of different situations. He would be the perfect complement to Terry McLaurin. While he wouldn’t likely be a number one type receiver, he will be a consistent number two which is needed for Haskins to continue to develop.