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Considering several players the Redskins might take in the early 4th round

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The Redskins have the second pick of Day 3, round 4, pick 2, just after the Bengals. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade back from the spot to collect a bit more draft capital, but if they stay put, there are still some very talented individuals left on the board.

The selection of WR/RB/TE/ST “Swiss army knife” Antonio Gibson threw me for a bit of a loop last night - but it shouldn’t have. Kyle Smith has been pretty clear all offseason, he’s drafting BPA. From what he’s said, I firmly believe his team building philosophy is “use free agency to raise the floor of the team, use the draft to raise the ceiling.” Gibson - in their estimation - was likely the highest ceiling guy left on the board when they picked in the third round, and they took him.

Assuming they stick with that same approach in the 4th round, who are they likely to take? I’ll explore that below.

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Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa

I profiled Robinson earlier in the month, and he was one of the most impressive CBs that I watched film on. I was initially thinking he’d be a later round pick, but he slowly climbed up draft boards throughout April. His closest athletic comp is CJ Henderson, who the Jaguars just took #9 overall in the 2020 draft. He can play outside CB, nickel, or even FS, and he’s a special teams’ animal, so he meets Rivera’s versatility requirement.

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Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

I’m a little surprised that Hall is still around, but he had surgery on his ankle his senior year that likely caused his stock to drop some. He seems to be stronger in zone coverage than man, so it’s not clear how strong his scheme fit would be for the defense that Jack Del Rio has in mind. He comps to former Panthers’ CB James Bradberry, who the Giants just paid a ton of money to.

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Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech

Robertson is another CB I profiled earlier in the year. He’s a bit undersized (5’8”, 187 lbs), but compared - not infrequently - to stud safety Tyrann Matthieu. Someone here on Hogs Haven said it earlier in the week, in reference to obvious talent that somehow slips in the draft (e.g., Russell Wilson): “If a guy has all the tools to be effective, don’t get hung up on his physical traits.” I think Robertson is one of those guys who can likely transcend his physical “limitations.” He, like Robinson, has tremendous back end positional versatility as well.

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Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State

Probably the best linebacker still on the board, Davis-Gaither, was one of only two LBs in the country to record 100 tackles, 2+ sacks, and 5+ passes defended. The other was Isaiah Simmons, who went 8th overall to the Cardinals. Davis-Gaither’s 9 passes defended trailed only Simmons and Wyoming’s Logan Wilson, who went early in the third round to the Bengals. He didn’t test at the Combine because of a foot injury, which may have caused his draft position to slip a bit, but he has great range, and could be a nice addition to the mid-section of the Redskins’ defense.

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Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

We already know that Charles has met with the Redskins’ staff several times in the lead up to the draft. He helped shore up LSU’s National Championship winning offensive line, though he had some disciplinary issues his senior season. He is not a “plug and play” tackle, but he has the size and potential to be an eventual starting left tackle in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if the Redskins pursue him.

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Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

Wanogho was someone who popped onto my radar fairly late this year. He’s a consummate “high ceiling, low floor” draft pick. Originally from Nigeria, he didn’t start playing football until high school, and then only in order to get in shape as a swimmer/soccer/basketball player. He’s very athletic, with great footwork, and a talented pass blocker. He needs to improve his technique and gain more experience, but with a year of seasoning, he could be vastly improved.

Who do you think the Redskins will select?

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Which of the players would you take at the Redskins’ spot in the 4th?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Reggie Robinson (CB)
    (109 votes)
  • 20%
    Bryce Hall (CB)
    (246 votes)
  • 2%
    Amik Robertson (CB)
    (36 votes)
  • 5%
    Akeem Davis-Gaither (LB)
    (67 votes)
  • 31%
    Saahdiq Charles (OT)
    (391 votes)
  • 19%
    Prince Tega Wanogho (OT)
    (243 votes)
  • 11%
    Someone else
    (136 votes)
1228 votes total Vote Now