The Washington Redskins are coming off of an abysmal 3-13 campaign, but there are definitely reasons to be optimistic about the 2020 season. The Redskins have a new head coach in Ron Rivera, a quarterback who showed flashes in his rookie season and a couple of intriguing rookies. In fact, Rivera is so excited about how the Redskins took advantage of the 2020 NFL Draft that he believes the "turnaround" for this franchise could happen sooner rather than later.
"The turnaround can be a little bit quicker than expected, at least I expected," Rivera said after the draft, via The Washington Post.
It all started with the No. 2 overall pick, where the Redskins selected pass rusher Chase Young out of Ohio State. Young is considered by most to be the best player in the draft, and while the Redskins floated that idea that they would be listening to offers to trade down, they really saw the decision to take Young as a no-brainer. The Redskins then took Antonio Gibson out of Memphis -- who is a wide receiver/running back hybrid. He scored 14 career touchdowns on just 77 touches in college, and was a home-run hitter that could turn any touch into six points. He could serve as the Redskins' new slot receiver or even as the new Chris Thompson by catching passes out of the backfield.
To begin Day 3, the Redskins finally made the decision to trade left tackle Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers. Not long after, however, they drafted a prospective replacement in Saahdiq Charles out of LSU. While he had some off-field issues in college, there's do denying that he has intangibles that could make him a legitimate NFL starter. He's also someone who could move inside to left guard to replace Ereck Flowers if the Redskins want to go in a different direction at left tackle, but he was a great value pick at No. 108 overall.
Later in the fourth round, the Redskins made what some consider the best value pick in the draft in Antonio Gandy-Golden out of Liberty. In fact, according to Yahoo! Sports, Gandy-Golden was considered the . While he went to a small school, his catch radius borders on the absurd, he has great size and runs clean routes. Gandy-Golden recorded over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns in his last three seasons at Liberty. He left the program as the all-time leader in catches with 240, receiving yards with 3,814 and receiving touchdowns with 33. This is someone who could be a candidate to start opposite of Terry McLaurin.
The Redskins needed to take advantage of the NFL draft if they want to get the franchise as a whole back on the right track, and that's exactly what Rivera and Co. did. While all eight of their picks have the potential to come in and make an immediate impact, the top four players selected could play major roles when it comes to orchestrating Washington's turnaround.