Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class

Chris Lingebach
April 27, 2020 - 12:10 pm

Ron Rivera's first draft class with the Washington Redskins is in the books.

The Redskins began the 2020 NFL Draft with a bang, selecting Chase Young, one of the most feared edge rushers to come out of college in a generation, with the second overall pick.

Without another pick until the third round, the Redskins were sure not to waste it, selecting Antonio Gibson out of Memphis 66th overall, a running back/wide receiver combo who Rivera believes possesses a similar skill set to one of his former weapons in Carolina, All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.

As Day 3 of the draft began Saturday, the Redskins kicked off Round 4 by unloading Trent Williams at long last, shipping the disgruntled left tackle to San Francisco for a third-round pick in 2021 and a fifth-round pick in 2020, which they used to draft another offensive lineman in Keith Ismael (San Diego State) 156th overall.

Minutes after the trade, Washington selected LSU Saahdiq Charles in the fourth round (108th overall), a high-upside left tackle who hopes to be the next Trent Williams, even modeling his game after the 31-year-old's.

Also noteworthy, the Redskins used the fifth-round pick they acquired from Seattle in the Quinton Dunbar trade to draft Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson 162nd overall.

It's time to meet the Redskins' 2020 draft class, presented exclusively by FedChoice Federal Credit Union.

Round 1 (Pick No. 2) – Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Measurables: 6-5, 264 lbs. | 40 Time: N/A

It shouldn't take much imagination to understand why Rivera couldn't resist taking Chase Young with the second overall pick. 

Young set an Ohio State record with 16.5 sacks in 2019, despite missing two games due to suspension, to finish second all-time in school history with 30.5 career sacks (behind Mike Vrabel's record of 36). Vrabel played four seasons as Ohio State; Young played in just three.

Among the honors bestowed upon Young for his prolific junior season: Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player in college football), Ted Hendricks Award (best defensive end), Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Young was also a Heisman Trophy finalist (finished 4th in voting), becoming just the ninth defensive player to be nominated since 1982. projects Young to be a perennial All-Pro. The Redskins haven't had a first team All-Pro in 24 years, not since Matt Turk in 1996.

Imagine Young factored in to the already fearsome foursome of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis and Montez Sweat, and you'll start to see Rivera's vision: opposing quarterbacks struggling to barely operate against the Redskins.

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
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Round 3 (Pick No. 66) – Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis

Measurables: 6-0, 228 lbs. | 40 Time: 4.39

A former high school track star, Gibson brings blazing speed to a Redskins offense that will look to make use of his rare and versatile skill set. Gibson was used as both a running back and wide receiver at Memphis and has the numbers to prove he's a viable threat at both positions. Redskins VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith described Gibson as a "Swiss Army knife."

"They view Antonio Gibson as a RB who can and will line up all over the field," 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen said, citing Redskins sources. "They want to run more 21 personnel with him and another back on the field together. You'll see him and AP or Guice on field at same time."

His collegiate career began at East Central Community College (MS), where he earned all-state honors in each of his two seasons before transferring to Memphis. After a sluggish junior season at Memphis, Gibson took flight as a senior, catching 38 balls for 735 yards and eight touchdowns, with a 19.3 yards-per-catch average. He also carried the ball 33 times for an additional 369 yards – for a whopping 11.2 yards per carry – and four touchdowns over 14 games. That's a combined 1,104 yards and 12 TDs at a scary clip of 15.5 yards per touch.

Gibson also returned 23 kickoffs for 645 yards and a touchdown his senior year. He earned second team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a receiver and won Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in the conference.

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis
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Round 4 (Pick No. 108) – Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

Measurables: 6-4, 321 lbs. | 40 Time: 5.05

Saahdiq Charles is described as a "high ceiling, low floor" prospect with a trace of character concerns that scared some teams into removing him from their draft boards altogether. Charles received a six-game suspension during LSU's national title campaign for what was only explained as "coach's decisions" by head coach Ed Orgeron. 

But Orgeron assuaged many of those fears pre-draft, saying he thinks Charles has shaken those off-the-field problems. Rivera called Orgeron about Charles last week.

"If he can do the right things, which I think he can, they got a steal in the fourth round," Orgeron told Louisiana's 104.5 FM. "I told Ron (Rivera), 'I have no problem with Saahdiq, he came in on a daily basis. He's a great young man, never gave me problems as far as football-wise and work ethic.'"

"If Saahdiq would have stayed," Orgeron said of the junior, "he probably would have been a first or second-round draft choice."

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
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Round 4 (Pick No. 142) – Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty

Measurables: 6-4, 223 lbs. | 40 Time: 4.60

The Redskins may have come away with another steal in the middle rounds, one year after landing Terry McLaurin in the third round. Gandy Golden will be a big target for second-year passer Dwayne Haskins, with his 6-foot-4, 223-pound frame. The Liberty product hauled in 79 catches for 1,396 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2019. His 17.7 yards per catch ranked in the top-10 in the FBS among receivers with 60 or more receptions.

"The Flames moved from the FCS level to the FBS in 2018, playing as an independent," notes, projecting Gandy-Golden as a good backup who could become a starter. "If they were part of a conference, Gandy-Golden would have been voted first-team all-league by its coaches."

In that standout 2018 junior season, Grandy-Golden started 11 games, leading Liberty with 1,037 yards receiving on 71 catches with 10 touchdowns.

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

This selection was made possible thanks to the Redskins receiving a compensatory pick for Jamison Crowder, when he departed via free agency last spring. And yes, Gandy-Golden solved a Rubik's Cube while simultaneously conducting a live television interview on draft day. 

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
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Round 5 (Pick No. 156) – Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State

Measurables: 6-3, 309 lbs. | 40 Time: 5.34

After redshirting as a freshman, Ismael sprang out of the gates strong as San Diego State, earning second team All-Mountain West honors in 2017. He started eight games at center and filled in for five games at right guard that season.

Ismael showed his versatility as an interior lineman again in 2018, starting five games at right guard, six at center and one at left guard, en route to earning first team All-Mountain West honors. He was first team All-Mountain West again as a senior in 2019, starting all 13 games at center. 

The Aztecs boasted back-to-back 2,000-yard rushers in 2017 and 2018. projects Ismael to be a good backup who could become a starter. The Redskins used the fifth-round pick gained from San Francisco in the Trent Williams deal to select Ismael.

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State
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Round 5 (Pick No. 162) – Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan

Measurables: 5-11, 224 lbs. | 40 Time: 4.56

Hudson played a safety/linebacker hybrid role at Michigan, a position Redskins fans will remember former draft pick Su'a Cravens as playing. Hudson led the Wolverines with 102 total tackles – 3.5 for loss –  with two sacks, three passes defensed and a blocked kick as a senior in 2019.

Hudson jumps off the page in the accolades department, as a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and a semifinalist for the Jason Witten College Man of the Year award in 2019. He also holds Michigan's school record for most tackles-for-loss in a single game with eight against Minnesota in 2017. That's also tied for the single-game NCAA record. Khaleke was the 2015 Pittsburgh Press-Gazette High School Player of the Year out of McKeesport, PA.

Hudson shined at Michigan as early as his sophomore season, when he racked up 82 total tackles – 17.5 for loss – with eight sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed. He played in all 13 games as a backup and on special teams as a true freshman in 2016.

The Redskins used the pick they acquired from Seattle in the Quinton Dunbar trade to select Hudson.

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan
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Round 7 (Pick No. 216) – Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas

Measurables: 6-1, 206 lbs. | 40 Time: 4.60

A three-year starter at Arkansas, Curl led the Razorbacks with two interceptions in his 2019 junior season, recording 76 tackles – four for a loss – with two sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.

Curl played cornerback as an injury replacement his freshman year, but finished out his college career as a strong safety. After starting the first 11 games of his sophomore season, Curl was suspended for the team's 2018 season finale for fraternizing with Mississippi State's dance team before a game. projects Curl as a prospect with a chance to make the end of the roster or practice squad. 

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas
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Round 7 (Pick No. 229) – James Smith-Williams, Edge, N.C. State

Measurables: 6-4, 265 lbs. | 40 Time: 4.60

Smith-Williams underwent a remarkable physical transformation while at N.C. State, coming in as a 196-pound freshman and leaving as a 265-pound senior. Oft-injured in college, Smith-Williams played in just six games his senior season, collecting 20 total tackles with one sack. projects him as a prospect with a chance to make the end of the roster or practice squad. The Redskins used the pick they acquired from Denver in their 2019 trade for QB Case Keenum to select Smith-Williams. They also gave up their 2020 sixth-round pick in the deal.

Meet the 2020 Redskins Draft Class: James Smith-Williams
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Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU

Steven Montez, QB, Colorado

Isaiah Wright, WR, Temple

Johnathon 'Jay Jay' Johnson, WR, Missouri