As we inch closer to the 2020 NFL Draft, we’re starting to see more similarities in mock drafts. After the Super Bowl, the draft order will be set, and mock drafts tend to become dull or repetitive. Many people like to throw in trades in their mock drafts. I try to avoid doing that until we get closer to April. However, I thought it would be a nice changeup to provide a dream-like scenario for Redskins fans.
I’m not saying that I think this is likely to happen, but many things are possible. There would be a feeling of pride and hope amongst fans of the burgundy and gold if this became true. With that said, here is my best-case scenario for the Washington Redskins in April’s draft.
The Current Projections
It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Cincinnati Bengals will select Joe Burrow with the first pick. Burrow had a record-breaking year, squaring off against teams in the best conference in college football, taking down every opponent in his way. Burrow and LSU then capped off their stellar year with a national championship victory against Clemson. Proving to the world that they are not only champions but belong amongst the best college football teams of all time.
After that pick, many are assuming that Washington selects Chase Young. If I am the guy making the pick, I’m taking Young and not thinking twice. However, some things could happen with this pick that can significantly impact the entire draft.
The Detroit Lions currently own the third pick and will be in a perfect position to trade back and still be able to pick the player at the top of their board while gaining assets at the same time. The Dolphins, Chargers, Panthers, and Colts are all in the market for a quarterback and possess enough trade capital to move up. Bob Quinn can sit back, relax, and wait by the phone as the offers come pouring in for the third overall pick.
Miami, Los Angeles, and Carolina all pick within the first nine picks, giving themselves the comfort of knowing that they are within striking distance for Detroit’s first-round pick. If Miami isn’t willing to offer up their other two first-round selections this year, Los Angeles could be in the driver’s seat.
The First Trade
Bob Quinn could move back to the sixth pick, knowing that Miami will be taking a quarterback with the fifth pick and still get the player they want. Since each team’s final record determines their draft and some team’s finishing with the same record as others, tiebreakers are used. The Chargers pick one spot behind Miami in the first round, but two spots ahead of the Dolphins in the second. That is because the draft order is different in each round for teams with the same record.
The Lions become content trading back to sixth, giving them the chance to pick up a better second-rounder, knowing that Miami is looking to draft a quarterback. Detroit’s general manager, Bob Quinn, decides that he likes the deal with the Chargers more, giving up the third overall pick for the sixth pick, 37th pick, and a 2021 first-round pick.
Los Angeles receives: 2020 1st Round Pick (3rd Overall)
Detroit receives: 2020 1st Round Pick (6th Overall), 2020 2nd Round Pick (37th Overall), 2021 1st Round Pick
In the end, the top six picks, in order, would now be owned by the Bengals, Redskins, Chargers, Giants, Dolphins, and Lions.
The Second Trade
The Dolphins, now in panic mode, are willing to give up one of their first round picks this year, in order to leapfrog the Chargers and take Alabama star quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Miami’s front office offers Washington the fifth pick, 18th pick, and 39th pick to make the deal happen, locking them in for the right to draft their guy.
Miami receives: 2020 1st Round Pick (2nd Overall)
Washington receives: 2020 1st Round Pick (5th Overall), 2020 1st Round Pick (18th Overall), 2020 2nd Round Pick (39th Overall)
The top six picks, in order, are now the Bengals, Dolphins, Chargers, Giants, Redskins, and Lions.
1. CIN: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2. MIA: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
3. LAC: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
4. NYG: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
5. WAS: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
6. DET: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Bengals get their quarterback, and the Dolphins get their quarterback. Despite giving up enough assets to move up to three, the Chargers are still stuck with Herbert after Miami panics and makes a deal with Washington. Dave Gettleman loves offensive lineman and decides to select Andrew Thomas, giving Daniel Jones some protection and a guy to pave the way for Saquon Barkley to run the ball. After moving back to five, the Redskins still end up with their guy Chase Young while accruing an extra first-round pick and adding a second-round pick, which previously, they did not own.
In this scenario, the Redskins have the best player fall in their laps at five and also have the picks to bring in an immediate contributor at offensive tackle, wide receiver, or cornerback. With those trades taking place, it gives Ron Rivera the chance to build a team that can become an immediate contender in, arguably, the weakest division in the NFL. Here’s how I would mock the rest of the first round, post-trades.
7. CAR: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
8. ARI: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
9. JAX: Jedrick Wills Jr, OT, Alabama
10. CLE: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
11. NYJ: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
12. LV: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
13. IND: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
14. TB: Grant Delpit, S, LSU
15. DEN: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
16. ATL: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
17. DAL: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
18. WAS (via MIA): Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
19. LV (via CHI): Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
20. JAX (via LAR): Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
21. PHI: Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado
22. BUF: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
23. NE: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
24. NO: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
25. MIN: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
26. MIA (via HOU): Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
27. SEA: Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
28. BAL: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
29. TEN: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
30. GB: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
31. KC: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
32. SF: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Once again, this is not a likely scenario. However, if Los Angeles is able to entice Detroit into making the deal with them or Miami is unwilling to outbid the Chargers, they could be left in panic mode with no other option.
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