A Look at the 2020 Virtual NFL Draft

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While the 2020 NFL Draft might have been visually different, most everything else remained the same. The infamous boos still rained down on Roger Goodell, the announcement of every pick was still signaled by the iconic music, and most importantly, you could still experience the emotional reactions of players when they found out they were drafted. 

Coming into the draft, the 2020 class was quarterback-heavy. From Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovilova to Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, teams had many options at the QB position. Although there were many skilled QBs, the best player in the draft was Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. 

Even knowing that, and with the departure of their former QB Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals needed a QB badly. They wisely selected LSU Heisman winner Joe Burrow with the first pick in the draft. In his Heisman winning campaign, Burrow threw for 5,669 yards, averaging a blistering 377.9 yards per game while throwing 60 TD. 

Next up, the Washington Redskins bolstered their defensive line, picking up the best player in the draft, Chase Young. His junior year at Ohio State, Young took the NCAA by storm with 16.5 sacks, 21 tackles and seven forced fumbles. 

Young’s former teammate, cornerback Jeff Okudah was drafted third by the Detroit Pistons. 

These top three picks were drafted where most analysts believed they would go, but the rest of the top 10 went a little bit differently than expected. 

To nobody’s surprise, the New York Giants chose to help their ailing offensive line, instead of picking up an offensive threat, by picking up Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. 

Shocking everyone, the Miami Dolphins drafted star Alabama QB Tua Tagavilova. Teams understood the crazy amount of talent Tagavilova brought to the NFL, but most wouldn’t invest in a franchise QB that was injury-prone. 

Meanwhile, the Chargers, needing a new QB following Phillip Rivers retirement, picked up Oregon QB Justin Herbert. One other notable top 10 pick-up was Isiah Simmions, the stand-out Clemson linebacker. With his lighting speed and high field awareness, Simmions has the ability to blow up plays.

Now let’s take a look at what the Washington Redskins did with some of their remaining picks. 

After picking up Chase Young, Washington’s next opportunity wasn’t until the third round. That was where they drafted RB Antonio Gibson. With Adrian Peterson at the end of his career and Derrius Guice not performing at 100%, Gibson will have the opportunities to bloom into a solid second string RB. 

Washington’s best steals of the draft came in the fourth round. There, Washington picked up offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles. Last year, our run-down offensive line allowed 50 sacks. Hopefully, Charles will bring new energy into an offensive line that is, right now, one of the top 10 worst in the NFL. 

Washington’s last pick in the fourth round was one of the biggest and best late round pick ups of the entire draft, highly underrated but highly talented, Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden. With the arrival of a new quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, they needed to find another solid target for him, and Golden was the perfect fit. In his senior year at Liberty, Golden had 79 receptions, 1,396 receiving yards and 10 TDs. Needless to say, he’s a scoring machine. 

At the end of the day, a new coach plus new star draftees can only mean there are  good things to come for the Redskins. With a division as weak as the NFC East and the experience the Redskins have, first place isn’t out of reach. You never know, with the NFL season still in limbo, a year away from the field may benefit the Redskins players and most importantly, the fans.