Position: Offensive Tackle
Weight: 328 lbs.
College: Texas Christian University
Niang’s enticing upside has been praised by scouts, as he appears to have the mobility and length to succeed at the next level. He has the strength and physical tools to be a solid starter at the next level. As a competitor who plays through the whistle, it’s easy to envision Niang making an early impact on the team that lands him.
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Projecting future injuries is a fool’s errand, but Niang does have some health concerns, specifically a hip injury in 2019. Assuming he’s healthy as a pro, Niang could stand to improve his footwork as he transitions to the NFL.
Why he may fit with Washington:
As Washington looks to get younger on the offensive line, Niang should be one of the offensive tackles it takes a hard look at. Given the ongoing drama with former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trent Williams’ holdout, it makes a lot of sense for the Redskins to trade Williams and recuperate some value while looking for a younger long-term solution at the position.
Lucas Niang could bolster Washington’s offensive line with admirable athleticism, mobility and a competitive edge necessary to succeed at the next level.
Projected Round: Late 2nd/Early 3rd