The Washington Redskins‘ goal since they selected quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the 2019 NFL draft has remained the same: add more talent around him. They just haven’t added enough. And some of their young players haven’t yet forced them to abandon that desire.
The question is, without a second-round pick, can the Redskins accomplish that goal in the 2020 NFL draft? They’re widely expected to draft defensive end Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick. They also have a pick in the third round, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Washington could peddle the No. 2 pick to collect more assets, though that remains unlikely. All it takes is if one team decides it must have one of the quarterbacks, but multiple league sources are skeptical that will happen. Some teams have called the Redskins about the pick, but lack the assets to pull it off.
They could also trade tackle Trent Williams for another pick. They have clung to their desire for second-round value, but there are multiple ways to achieve that — whether with one pick, a player or a combination of picks. The Minnesota Vikings had expressed interest, but no deal could be reached. One source said multiple teams have reached out to Washington about a possible trade — or at least to check in about the price — increasing the chances of Williams being dealt sometime this week.
However, the Redskins remain content with waiting until after the draft and adding choices in 2021 if they don’t receive their asking price for Williams.
Washington could also package lower-round picks and get perhaps another third-round pick, giving it three selections in the top 100.
Regardless, the Redskins need to give Haskins more help. They could add a player at any skill spot on offense. Here’s why, as well as some possible targets:
On paper, the Redskins could have a terrific group — if Adrian Peterson continues his recent play, Derrius Guice (three knee issues in his first two seasons) and Bryce Love (coming off a torn ACL at Stanford in 2018) are healthy. That could be a lot to ask. They signed J.D. McKissic, who will be the third-down back, and Peyton Barber to compete as a first- and second-down back. An ideal situation for Washington would be finding another back who offers multiple skills to diversify the offense. That’s what players such as Guice or Love can do if healthy. The Redskins would then try to win with defense (helped by Young’s addition), the run game and play-action passes.
If the Redskins wanted someone else to compete here, and if they don’t change their draft spots, several dual-purpose players would be tempting. Georgia’s D’Andre Swift would be long gone by the third round; LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire might be as well. One option later in the draft could be Memphis’ Antonio Gibson, though one source said the Redskins haven’t shown much interest. That doesn’t always equate to having no interest, and he does offer playmaking ability. Gibson played receiver and running back in college. He projects as a running back in the NFL, but someone who could impact the game in multiple areas.
Washington entered the offseason wanting another target opposite Terry McLaurin, who can play both outside receiver positions. The Redskins do have other second-year receivers such as Steven Sims and Kelvin Harmon. Sims could fill a role similar to the one Curtis Samuel had in Carolina under Redskins coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
Sims and Harmon could develop into what Washington ultimately wants. But the Redskins went hard after Amari Cooper in free agency and would like to add another target. One league source said Washington has looked hard at receiver. While it’s considered a talented and deep draft at this spot, not all in the league agree on how deep. There will be third- and fourth-round options, possibly a player such as Florida’s versatile Van Jefferson, who was best in the slot but can play all three spots. The Redskins could also try to trade for a receiver.
It’s not a great class for tight ends and the Redskins likely wouldn’t take one before the fourth round. That could mean a player such as UCLA’s Devin Asiasi or Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam, though some might see the latter as someone who tested better than his production.
The other option would be Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard, who could be available with Rob Gronkowski headed to the Bucs and Cameron Brate also on the roster. Howard’s game would make sense for the Redskins as someone who can attack the middle and seams in their play-action based offense. He could provide immediate help for Haskins as opposed to the draft picks. The Redskins liked Howard coming out of college and Rivera is familiar with him, having faced him twice a year while coaching Carolina. The uncertain part is what Washington would be willing to surrender; Tampa gave up a fourth-round pick to get Gronkowski and the Redskins do have an extra fourth.
Washington did sign Richard Rodgers and Logan Thomas to pair with Jeremy Sprinkle, among other holdovers. But Rodgers is coming off two years of injuries and Thomas, a former quarterback, caught a career-best 16 passes last year. The Redskins did show some interest in veteran Delanie Walker earlier this offseason and, if they still want more help in a couple months, they could always revisit him.