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Reviewing The Redskins' 2020 NFL Draft Class


The Washington Redskins' 2020 NFL Draft class is set.

The Redskins added eight players during the three-day event. Get to know each of them as a part of our draft review presented by Medliminal, an official health and wellness partner of the Washington Redskins.

Round 1 (Pick No. 2)

DE Chase Young, Ohio State

Overview: Young played in 38 games at Ohio State from 2017-19 and recorded 99 tackles (69 solo), 42.5 tackles for loss, 30.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and eight passes defensed. As a junior in 2019, Young registered 16.5 sacks, which set the Ohio State single-season record and was the highest total in the nation. Young also led the college football in forced fumbles (seven). He was named a unanimous All-American and won both the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which both are presented annually to college football's top defensive players.

Interesting fact: Young was the ninth defensive player out of 159 total Heisman Trophy finalists since 1982.

First impression: "It means everything. If you think about it, I've been working my whole life for that moment, for that call on the phone. Just to be here right now, it's crazy. I'm definitely very grateful for this opportunity and just ready to get to work." -- Young on being selected by his hometown Redskins

Team Perspective: "I felt that Chase was the one guy that would really carry the load for us as far as that pick. ...From my perspective, it'd have been very hard to convince me that somebody else would be as impactful as the guy we drafted." -- head coach Ron Rivera on selecting Young second overall

Expert Analysis: "Young is a tall, long and athletic defensive end. As a pass rusher, he explodes off the ball and gains ground in a hurry. He uses a quick swipe move and also has the ability to control the wrists of blockers. He can convert speed to power and is effective on loops and games. He does have a little tightness at the top of his rush. Against the run, he sets the edge easily and uses his quickness to slip blocks and create chaos behind the line of scrimmage. Overall, Young is an All-Pro talent, reminiscent of Julius Peppers and Mario Williams." -- NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah

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Round 3 (Pick No. 66)

RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis

Overview: Gibson played two seasons at East Central Community College before transferring to the University of Memphis in 2018. He caught 44 passes for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Tigers while averaging 19 yards per catch. He had 50 receptions for 871 yards at 13 touchdowns at East Central. As a senior in 2019, Gibson was second on the team with 735 receiving yards and 38 receptions. His 19.3 average yards per catch led all Tigers with at least 10 receptions, while his eight receiving touchdowns were also second on the team.

Interesting fact: Gibson scored 14 touchdowns on 77 career touches. That means he found the end zone every 5.5 times he got the ball.

First impression: "I view myself as a weapon. I've been playing running back and receiver my whole life. But not just that, I've been playing all over the ball. Offense is something that I'm very talented at. It's always been like that since a young age, and I feel like I can dominate wherever they put me." -- Gibson on how he views himself as a player and what he'll bring to the Redskins

Team Perspective: "No, that's fair. He's a little bit bigger than Christian [McCaffrey], but he's got a skillset like Christian. He's shown some position flexibility playing in the slot, then he shows position flexibility playing in the backfield. Ran some wildcat with him behind the center taking direct snaps. This is a very versatile, young football player that we really think is going to be a guy that can get on the field for us early and contribute." -- Head Coach on Rivera on comparing Gibson to Christian McCaffrey, who recently become the highest-paid running back in NFL history

Expert analysis: "Antonio Gibson broke 33 tackles on 77 career touches at Memphis and ran a 4.39 at the combine. He could legitimately be the best RB in this class but we just didn't get to see him." -- Pro Football Focus lead draft analyst Mike Renner

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Round 4 (Pick No. 108)

T Saahdiq Charles, LSU

Overview: Charles grew up in New Orleans, attended Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Mississippi and played collegiately at LSU. He immediately appeared in 13 games (nine starts), including seven at left tackle, en route to earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors. After a sophomore season during which he started 10 games at left tackle, Charles was a part of an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award as the nation's best unit in 2019.

Interesting fact: Charles was a first-team All-Conference soccer goalkeeper in high school.

First impression: "Growing up an offensive lineman, I watched Trent [Williams] plenty of times. I have a lot of respect for his game. Just to see that they traded him and they picked me, just shows what they might have in mind for me. I'm going to come in there and work hard and just do my thing, man." -- Charles on being the potential replacement for Williams, who was traded over the weekend.

Team Perspective: "We feel very confident in the kid, we're comfortable with everything, the research that we've done. And we're really excited for the kid, I know he is too. He's got a chip on his shoulder, he understands why he was taken where he was. We're excited about the structure that we're going to give this kid, the culture that Coach was talking about that we're going to provide this kid. And we're excited to give him an opportunity with the Redskins." -- Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith on drafting Charles

Expert analysis: "LSU offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles' mobility, fluidity and experience in five-man protections make him an appealing developmental option for teams that run a spread offense that also likes to get their offensive linemen out in space." -- The Draft Network senior NFL Draft analyst Joe Marino

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Round 4 (Pick No. 142)

WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty

Overview: Gandy-Golden grew up in Dallas, Georgia, and played at Paulding County High School before attending Liberty in Virginia. Gandy-Golden immediately became an important piece of the Flames' offense with 21 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Over the next three seasons, Gandy-Golden had at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his senior season third among FBS receivers in receptions (79) and yards (1,396).

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First impression: "I think I can take the roof off, but also just being able to be physical in the run game and also in the pass game with my blocking, being able to high-point the ball and bringing my secure hands with me." -- Gandy-Golden on what he'll bring to the Redskins' receiving corps

Team Perspective: "He's got good size, good speed, good play speed, he's a physical player. He's a guy that can make his presence felt. We believe in the red zone, certain short yardage. Third and intermediate, third and three, third and seven, something like that a guy that can work the middle for you. He can block, he's a guy that we feel can be a very physical blocker. He's got special teams value as well. So that's how we think a guy like that's going to develop and grow and be a guy that can help impact and participate in what we're trying to do." -- Head coach Ron Rivera on Gandy-Golden

Expert analysis: "The Redskins landing WR Antonio Gandy-Golden at Pick 142 is an excellent value. In other years, he'd be off the board much sooner. The loaded WR class impacted him. He's a stud." -- ESPN NFL insider Field Yates

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Round 5 (Pick No. 156)

C Keith Ismael, San Diego State

Overview: Ismael (6-foot-3, 309 pounds) was a three-time All-Mountain West performer with the Aztecs. He earned second-team honors as a redshirt freshman during which he started eight games at center and filled in at right guard because of an injury. He garnered first-team All-Conference honors the past two seasons, starting 25 games during that stretch.

Interesting fact: Ismael comes from a football family. His father, George Ismael, played at Florida A&M, while one of his uncles played defensive end at Oregon and another uncle, Tavita Pritchard, played quarterback at Stanford. Pritchard is now the offensive coordinator for the Cardinal. There's also a third uncle who was a first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1970s.

First impression: "It was always a dream of mine since I was a kid. Obviously, all kids playing football growing up want to go play in the National Football League, but I think it was probably towards the middle of my college career that I really saw that it was in arms reach and I could really go out and get it." -- Ismael on when he realized he might be able to make it to the NFL

Team Perspective: "He's a center/guard combination, a young man that can help with one or two positions for us. We always feel good about that. He's just a stout, physical football player, a smart football player that had a really good test score as well. We just feel confident when you add those kinds of young men that have that kind of ability." -- Head coach Ron Rivera on Ismael

Expert analysis: "If you want to be athletic on the offensive line, I think you'll like what you're getting with Keith Ismael." -- NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah

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Round 5 (Pick No. 162)

LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan

Overview: Hudson played in 44 games at Michigan and recorded 225 tackles, including 114 solo and 23 for a loss. He had 10 sacks in four seasons while grabbing two interceptions and deflecting 14 passes. Hudson collected several honors while playing for the Wolverines. He was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and a semifinalist for the Jason Witten College Man of the Year in 2019.

Interesting fact: He tied a single-game NCAA record for tackles for loss (eight) against Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2017.

First impression: "I see myself doing the same thing in college in the NFL, being lined up in the linebacker area at times and also being lined up at defensive safety. They just told me that I'm a real versatile player. They're going to use me in many ways. That's like music to my ears, and I can't wait to get there and show them what I can do." -- Hudson on what he expects his role to be with the Redskins

Team Perspective: "He's a kid that we really feel is a dynamic, dynamic player. He's very athletic, he's going to be a special teams ace for us." - Head coach Ron Rivera on Hudson

Expert analysis: "Large box safety with experience at LB, NCB, and EDGE — fits into the Derwin James mold that teams will likely look to continue developing at the NFL. Effective EMLOS (End Man on the Line Of Scrimmage) for a 220-pound safety who maximizes length and explosiveness well to get upfield and keep his outside shoulder free as a run defender and pass-rusher -- anticipates the snap well" -- The Draft Network senior NFL Draft analyst Benjamin Solak

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Round 7 (Pick No. 216)

S Kamren Curl, Arkansas

Overview: Curl was a three-year starter at Arkansas and played strong safety the past two seasons. After playing in 12 games at cornerback, he suffered an injury as a freshman and moved over to safety. He recorded 53 tackles and five pass breakups across 11 contests.

Interesting fact: Curl bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times at the NFL Scouting Combine, tied for the most among defensive backs.

First impression: "I just like to play fast around the ball. I've got a good football IQ. I learn defenses really fast. I like taking the ball away, being the fastest guy on the defense and going for the ball." -- Curl on what he'll bring to the Redskins

Team Perspective: "Curl is a safety that started at corner so he's got cover skills, so he may be able to come down into the slot and cover receivers. That's something that we have to find out." - Head coach Ron Rivera on Curl

Expert analysis: "Three-year starter with adequate size, instincts and competitiveness, but lacking speed and a plus position characteristic. Curl has experience in man coverage, but might be better suited as a split-safety where he can cover with his eyes more frequently than with his athleticism and speed." -- analyst Lance Zierlein

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Round 7 (Pick No. 229)

DE James Smith-Williams, N.C. State

Overview: Smith-Williams played in 29 games at N.C. State and recorded eight sacks in his career. A five-year player for the Wolfpack, Smith-Williams accounted for 82 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three pass deflections. Smith-Williams' best season came in 2018 -- his first opportunity as a full-time starter -- when he had 36 tackles, nine of which were for a loss, and six sacks.

Interesting fact: After interning there twice, Smith-Williams accepted a full-time position at IBM for whenever his football career is over.

First impression: "I mean I just love it. I think that's the easiest explanation I can give you. I just really love playing football. I love the competitiveness of it. Obviously, I'm thankful for IBM and what they offered me off the field, in that regard. My true love is football, so it's a blessing to be able to keep playing." -- Smith-Williams on why he chose to continue his football career

Team Perspective: "Not only could he be an outside edge guy, but he can come down every now and then and probably play as a three technique for you." -- head coach Ron Rivera on Smith-Williams

Expert analysis: "Edge rusher Smith-Williams could have been picked much earlier, so he's a relative bargain in the seventh round." -- senior draft analyst Chad Reuter

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