Hey Draftseasoners, it’s that time of year again. It is the time to look at a team’s every single free agent loss and gain. We will also look at their biggest needs and put a plan together of how they’ll attack the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. We will start with the lowly Cincinnati Bengals and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. The holder of the second overall pick, the Washington Redskins are up.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
OL, TE, CB, MLB
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
QB Kyle Allen (Trade), RB Peyton Barber, S Sean Davis, LB Thomas Davis, CB Kendall Fuller, RB J.D. McKissick, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, G Brandon Scherff (Franchised), G Wes Schweitzer
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
CB Quinton Dunbar (Trade), QB Case Keenum, QB Colt McCoy, RB Chris Thompson, WR Paul Richardson, TE Vernon Davis (retired, to cry in movies), TE Jordan Reed, OT Donald Penn, G Ereck Flowers, CB Aaron Colvin, CB Josh Norman, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Kayvon Webster
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
OLB Chase Young, CB Jeffrey Okudah, LB Isiah Simmons, QB Tua Tagovaiola
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
Pick traded to acquire Montez Sweat in 2019 Draft
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
CB Tony Pride Jr., CB Bryce Hall, CB Amik Robertson, CB Javelin Guidry, TE Thaddeus Moss, TE Hunter Bryant, TE Brycen Hopkins, TE Adam Trautman, OT Ben Bartch, OL Solomon Kindley, OL Tyler Biadasz, LB Malik Harrison, LB Jordyn Brooks, LB Troy Dye
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Redskins should really look to trade out of the second overall pick as they could use extra picks to replenish some positions on their roster that are very thin. If they do stay put, their pick should be Ohio State’s, Chase Young. Young is arguably the best overall player in the entire Draft. He’s explosive off the ball and is a dynamic pass rusher. Putting him on the same defensive line as Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, and Da’Ron Payne would make the Redskins front seven one of the best in the league, and a nightmare to try and stop. It could be enough to elevate this team out of the cellar of the NFC East and make them much more competitive. The Redskins could shock and address a bigger need by taking Jeffrey Okudah. Despite getting Kendall Fuller to come home, they are still very thin in their cornerback group. Okudah would be a great choice, but the additional pass rush generated upfront by the selection of Young, would make things much easier for the back end and it won’t matter much who is playing corner, as teams simply won’t have time to throw the ball.
The Redskins don’t have a second-round pick because of their dealing to move up and get Montez Sweat in last year’s Draft. So they will have to hold their breaths until Round 3. In the third round, the Redskins should address either their huge need at cornerback or their major hole at tight end. There should be plenty of good options available at both. If they look at cornerback they could be seeing names like Tony Pride Jr. from Notre Dame or Bryce Hall from Virginia. Either of these guys would be solid values at the top of the third round. Pride Jr. made a name for himself with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Bryce Hall is also a talented corner who is coming off of an ankle injury that cost him a large portion of his senior season and didn’t allow him to work out at the Combine. If that ankle checks out medically, he should be the choice as he’s got more size and better overall ball skills than Pride.
If the Redskins don’t take a corner then they should give Dwayne Haskins a big friendly target in the passing game. There are a lot of good tight ends who are ranked right around the third-round range, and the Redskins could have their pick of the litter. They could be looking at Adam Trautman, Brycen Hopkins, Thaddeus Moss, and Hunter Bryant. Of that group, Trautman has the best size at 6’5, with Hopkins a close second. Moss has the bloodlines, being the son of Randy Moss, and for that alone, he should be strongly considered. It’ll be a tough choice for the Redskins here, but they really can’t go wrong with any of these options.
Round 1: DE/OLB Chase Young, Ohio State
Round 2: No Pick
Round 3: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia