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Washington Redskins' 2020 NFL draft analysis for every pick

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Was Chase Young the right pick for the Redskins? (1:00)

John Keim breaks down why the Redskins made the right choice in taking Chase Young second overall in the 2020 NFL draft. (1:00)

The 2020 NFL draft is in the books, and the Washington Redskins' draft class is complete.

The draft, which had been scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, was successfully completed virtually from the homes of coaches, general managers and other front-office staff because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's a pick-by-pick look at how each player Washington has selected will fit.

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Round 1, No. 2 overall: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

My take: The Redskins made a no-brainer choice by selecting Young second overall. There was no legitimate trade offer that would have tempted them to move out of the No. 2 pick for a player many considered the best in the draft. He's been their guy for a long time. Coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, between them, have coached Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Julius Peppers. They know what an elite edge rusher can do for a defense and that's what they're anticipating from Young. He has a chance to transform the defense, perhaps helping the Redskins achieve a top-10 ranking in either yards or points allowed for the first time since 2009.

The 49ers model: The Redskins hope they're building something similar to the San Francisco 49ers on defense. Last season, the 49ers selected end Nick Bosa out of Ohio State with the No. 2 overall pick. Bosa was the final piece on a front that already included three first-rounders, and the 49ers' defense went from 20th or worse in yards and points allowed and on third downs to top 10 in each category. Washington also has four first-round picks among its front seven and has a strong interior, but ranked 27th or worse in yards, points and third downs. Young alone won't cure everything -- there are questions at cornerback -- but he can provide a huge boost.


Round 3, No. 66 overall: Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis

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Antonio Gibson's NFL draft profile

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My take: This is a fascinating pick for Washington because of Gibson's versatility. Rivera said he has a skill set similar to Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. Though teams projected Gibson as a running back, he's really more just an offensive weapon, because he can play multiple spots. He played receiver in college, lining up mostly in the slot, and also at running back. He's a physical runner at 228 pounds, but he combines that with speed. The Redskins said they could pair him on the field with other running backs, whether that be Adrian Peterson or Derrius Guice. Though Washington now has a crowded backfield, the Redskins were short on healthy dynamic backs. Guice is coming off his third knee injury in two NFL seasons, while last year's fourth-round pick, Bryce Love, is still rehabbing a torn ACL from November 2018.


Round 4, No. 107 overall: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

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Saahdiq Charles' NFL draft profile

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My take: After trading left tackle Trent Williams, the Redskins needed more depth and someone to develop at the position. Geron Christian, a third-round pick in 2018, has not developed the way they had hoped. Charles gives them someone they can groom, but he also provides flexibility as Washington sees him being able to play guard, too. He's considered to have good agility and size at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds. Washington's depth along the front has been tested quite often in recent years, but Charles is the third player added this offseason. He was suspended for one game in 201 and six in 2019 at LSU. But Charles said he was truthful with the Redskins and admitted he made "dumb mistakes."


Round 4, No. 142 overall: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty

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Antonio Gandy-Golden's 2020 NFL draft profile

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My take: The Redskins wanted more help at the skill positions for quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. While Gandy-Golden might not make an immediate impact, he will provide another young target -- to pair with three receivers who were rookies a year ago, including Terry McLaurin. Gandy-Golden improved his hands between his junior and senior year with a lot more work on the Jugs machine. He caught a combined 20 touchdown passes his last two years and the Redskins like that he can "go get the ball." He's not a burner (4.6 in the 40-yard dash), but at 6-foot-4, 223 pounds he does provide size. They also have second-year Kelvin Harmon who can play opposite McLaurin. If nothing else, they have another option to develop.


Round 5, No. 156 overall: Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State

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Keith Ismael's NFL draft profile

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My take: The Redskins wanted to strengthen their interior depth and did so by signing Wes Schweitzer in free agency and now by drafting Ismael. They picked two interior linemen last year, but only one of them, Wes Martin, showed he was close to being ready. Center Chase Roullier is a free agent after this season, so if Ismael develops they won't have to pay to keep Roullier. If nothing else, Ismael can play both guard and center. He's considered an athletic player and his family has had numerous people who played in college or the NFL. The good thing for Washington is that it has some young players to develop, but also some experienced backups. Too often in recent years they were relying on young, low-round picks to help.


Round 5, No. 162 overall: Khaleke Hudson, OLB, Michigan

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Khaleke Hudson's NFL draft profile

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My take: Rivera stressed position versatility and that's what Hudson, a team captain for the Wolverines last fall, offers. He played a hybrid role at Michigan, aligning deep at safety or in the box as a linebacker. The key here will be whether he can do that at an NFL level. He's not super fast for a safety (4.56-second 40) but that would be good speed closer to the line. However at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, he is small for a linebacker, though he would play in sub-packages. Hudson recorded 12 sacks and 15 pass breakups in three seasons as a starter. He also blocked five punts. Washington doesn't have anyone in this role, but it does have a former safety turned linebacker in Josh Harvey-Clemons, whom the Redskins had hoped would help in coverage. Hudson's arrival could make it tough on a player such as Harvey-Clemons.


Round 7, No. 216 overall: Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas

My take: Once more there's positional versatility, as Curl began his college career as a corner. He said it helped him with coverage while playing strong safety. Curl said he's one of the "most versatile corners in the draft." The Redskins don't have a great safety group, but they do have numbers with starters Landon Collins and Sean Davis and backups Troy Apke and Deshazor Everett. The latter two made it the same way Curl will have to: as special teamers. Curl isn't a burner (4.6 in the 40) so he'll have to be disciplined in other areas.


Round 7, No. 229 overall: James Smith-Williams, DE, North Carolina State

My take: Their last pick was the same as their first: an edge rusher. Washington does have a good mix here, but the Redskins also needed more to develop for depth. Ryan Kerrigan is in the last year of his contract and there's no longer a guarantee he'll be extended. So beyond Montez Sweat and Chase Young, the Redskins lack developmental-type players. But the biggest issue with Smith-Williams is injury. It was a problem in college as he posted just one healthy season. Washington also has 2019 draft pick Jordan Brailford to develop. Smith-Williams has good speed (4.6 in the 40), is smart and considered a leader, but he'll have to prove he can stay healthy for the Redskins to develop him.