The draft is now less than two weeks away, and most of us can hardly wait. Discussions about the finer points of draft strategy and player assessments have begun to take on the imagined importance of international diplomacy. This place is a powder keg. Ron Rivera and Kyle Smith appear willing to consider a trade back from #2, but in this draft, that opportunity never arises. Looking for trade opportunities in the draft remained a priority, however.
My prior four drafts can be found below:
This is my last 2020 mock before the SBNation.com league-wide mock next weekend.
A link to the draft can be found here.
Round 1, Pick 2
Chase Young (EDGE) - Young is broadly considered to be the best player in the draft, and among the best EDGE rusher prospects to have come out of the collegiate ranks in years. Chase Young, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, and Montez Sweat should haunt the dreams of NFC East quarterbacks for years.
Round 3, Pick 2 (Traded to the Bucs for R3P12 and R5P15)
Round 3, Pick 12 (Traded to the Ravens for R3P28 and R3P42)
Round 3, Pick 28
Tyler Biadasz (C) - Biadasz was named the top center in the country in 2019 and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, the award for the nation’s top interior lineman (with Derrick Brown and the eventual winner, Penei Sewell). Some have said that his run blocking might be the best of any of the players in the draft. Currently, center is not a position of need for the team, with Chase Roullier under contract for one more year, but Biadasz has the versatility to play guard as well, and was the best player available at this point in the draft.
Round 3, Pick 42
Ben Bartch (OT) - With Trent Williams likely gone, the Redskins’ need for tackle support is incredibly real. Bartch is not a plug and play starter, but after a year of strength and conditioning, he might be ready to be thrown into the fire.
Round 4, Pick 2
Ashtyn Davis (S) - A safety with incredible athletic ability and a top notch character? Yes, please. This former PAC 12 110-meter hurdle winner has the range to play free safety, but still needs to hone his instincts and add some refinements to his game.
Am I crazy for liking Ashtyn Davis more than Xavier McKinney?— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) April 9, 2020
Not that I don't love McKinney (I do), but I think Ashtyn's got everything - range, ball skills, fluidity, intelligence, toughness and physicality. They played him both high and in the box. A true do-it-all safety. pic.twitter.com/1XSUFcBpuc
Round 4, Pick 36
Davion Taylor (LB) - Taylor is another former track athlete who possesses tremendous physical ability. However, he didn’t really start playing football until college, so he is still very much a work in progress. That said, he was a favorite of his coach at Colorado and is capable of a much higher ceiling. In the meantime, he’s immediate help on special teams.
Round 5, Pick 15
Van Jefferson (WR) - An excellent route runner with with adequate speed and explosiveness, Jefferson was revealed to have a foot fracture at the Combine. He should be healed by the end of May, but some uncertainty about his condition could cause him to slip in the draft. The Redskins should add him to their young corps of stud WRs.
Florida WR @VanJefferson12 couldn’t run the 40 at Combine (foot injury) but @ZebraTechnology had him as fastest player at the @seniorbowl with max speed of 21.05 mph, which is faster than Devin Duvernay (20.90/4.39), Denzel Mims (20.26/4.38), and Antonio Gibson (20.15/4.39). pic.twitter.com/t7Y8nRmonn— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) April 4, 2020
Round 5, Pick 16
Devin Asiasi - (TE) - I absolutely should have known about this guy before the last month or so, but I didn’t. Once I saw him play however, I was all in. Before last season, Asiasi had 8 catches for UCLA. Last year he caught 44 passes for 641 yards and 4 TDs. Even in the PAC 12, there were times where he looked like a man among boys. He’s my 2020 draft “man crush.”
Round 7, Pick 2
Anthony McFarland (RB) - McFarland has dealt with a couple of injuries since high school, but when he’s been healthy, he’s been a beast. He’s a bit of a dice roll, but this local kid from College Park ends up staying in the DMV.
Round 7, Pick 15
Cameron Clark (OT) - Clark represents the ultimate in offensive line versatility: He’s capable of playing any of the 5 positions. Odds are that he ends up playing guard, but he has expressed an explicit interest in trying to play left tackle in the pros. Ron Rivera loves competition. Clark and Bartch can fight it out for the team’s next blind side defender.
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