With the Redskins at 3-12 and in position for the No. 2 overall selection in the NFL Draft, there's no secret the team has many holes to fill.
While Washington will likely select animmediate impact player at the top of the draft board, the Redskins will need a lot more help in order to be competitive in 2020. One way to expedite the rebuild is hitting on multiple picks in the draft, both in the early and the late rounds.
Here are 10 prospects that Redskins fans should become familiar with as draft season is nearly upon us.
1. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State: Not much else needs to be said about Chase Young: hes a flat out stud. Young will consistently give you 10 to 15 sacks a year from day one in the NFL. Hes a game wrecker. By losing to the Giants in Week 16, the Redskins will likely have the No. 2 overall selection and the chance to select Young. The Maryland native would be the most impactful Redskins defender since the late great Sean Taylor.
2. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama:Jeudy is arguably the best route runner to come out of the college ranks ever. The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner easily separates from defenders and is a smart instinctual player who knows how to find holes in a zone. He will be a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver the minute he is drafted. If the Redskins selected him, he would make a fantastic duo with future superstar Terry McLaurin.
3. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia: Thomas is the best left tackle prospect in the draft to this point. He has a big sturdy frame that will hold up well at the next level. Thomas is still a little raw, but with some refinements to his game and quality coaching, he can be a franchise left tackle, something the Redskins need going forward.
4. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State: Okudah will be a shutdown corner at the next level due to his elite man-coverage abilities to go along with good ball skills. He was constantly tasked with covering the others team's best wide receiver, and he lived up to the task every week. He has another difficult matchup in the College Football Playoff against Clemson and their great wide receivers, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. Hell make an immediate impact in the league.
5. Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington: Bryant is the prototypical move tight end in todays NFL at 6-foot-2, 240 lbs. He is capable of lining up in the slot, backfield, and at the H position. Teams will love his versatility.Bryant had over 800 yards receiving this year with some big highlight plays sprinkled in, too. His game is reminiscent of current Redskins tight end Jordan Reed and Giants tight end Evan Engram.
6. Michael Pittman, Jr., WR, USC: The son of former NFL running back Michael Pittman, Michael Pittman Jr. has NFL pedigree and size teams crave on the outside in the NFL. At 6-foot-4 and220 lbs., Pittman Jr. dominated opponents this year with 95 receptions, 1,222 yards, and 11 touchdowns this year. Heis not the fastest player, but he creates separation with his body, has solid route running, and a good use of leverage. He would be a great quarterback-friendly target for Dwayne Haskins on day 2 of the draft.
7. Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa: Jackson is an experienced smart player with over 30 starts in the Big Ten. He possesses strong hands and knows how to set up blocks well. Iowa knows how to produce offensive lineman and Jackson will be another one who can start at the next level. He would be a solid day 2 value.
8. Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State: Cameron Dantzler is a long wiry corner at 6-foot-2. Hes best in press-man coverage situations with an eye for the ball. Dantzler isnt being talked about too much yet about as a top cornerback in this draft, but if he hasa solid performance at the scouting combine and when people get to watch more film on him, he might just skyrocket up draft boards.
9. Julian Blackmon, Safety, Utah: Julian Blackmon is a very fluid player on the back end that can be that centerfielder type of player in the secondary. He's smooth in and out of the backpedal and is explosive to the ball. He is a converted cornerback who can help in man-to-mansituations when the occasion arises. Blackmon's potential is through the roof.
10. Cam Akers, RB,Florida State: Akers is being slept on as a top running back prospect due to his teams poor play. Dont get it twisted though, Akers is a baller and will start in the NFL. Hes a strong, tough runner who had over 1,100 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this year. He's also a solid threat out of the backfield, shown by his 30 receptions this year. The Redskins have good young talented running backs, but they come with major injury concerns. Getting a prospect like Akers in either the third or fourth roundof the draft wouldnt be the worst idea.
The Redskins have a lot of holes to fill, and here are multiple players the Redskins could use in the Burgundy and Gold next year.
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