3 Players The Redskins Could Draft in 2020 to Save Dwayne Haskins' Job

Max Staley
Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins lost, 20-15, to the Packers in Week 14.
Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins lost, 20-15, to the Packers in Week 14. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images
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It's been a lost year for the Washington Redskins. At 3-10, this team is completely devoid of top-level NFL talent, and that's made it really tough to properly evaluate rookie signal-caller Dwayne Haskins.

Even accounting for the fact that he doesn't have much help, the results haven't been pretty. Haskins has been the starter since Week 9, and he's only averaging 166.2 passing yards per game while completing 55.1 percent of his passes. He's tossed three touchdowns and three interceptions during that span.

The Redskins will have to make significant improvements this offseason in order to properly assess what they have in Haskins, though. So with that in mind, here are three players Washington could draft in 2020 to save Haskins' job.

1. Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia Bulldogs

Andrew Thomas celebrates a Georgia victory over Georgia Tech.
Andrew Thomas celebrates a Georgia victory over Georgia Tech. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

At this point, it doesn't look like Trent Williams will be returning to Washington any time soon. He's been sorely missed though, as Redskins passers have been sacked at the second-highest rate in the league (10.5 percent). In fact, Haskins has been sacked 22 times across his five starts. If projected out over a full 16-game season that pace would equate to a 70-sack season. For context, Deshaun Watson was the NFL's most-sacked QB in 2018, and he was only brought down 62 times. Fixing the offensive line will likely be one of Washington's top priorities this offseason, and there's arguably no better pass protector in this draft than Andrew Thomas.

2. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama Crimson Tide

Jerry Jeudy and Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 38-7, in Week 12.
Jerry Jeudy and Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 38-7, in Week 12. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Selecting a wide receiver as high as Washington is currently projected to draft is usually viewed as a luxury pick, but Jerry Jeudy is just that talented. The 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner is having another stellar season, catching 71 passes for 959 yards and nine touchdowns. Pairing Jeudy with Terry McLaurin would arguably give Washington one of the most dynamic young WR duos in the NFL, and it'd certainly make Haskins' life a lot easier.

3. Trade Down: Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa defeated Northwestern, 20-0, on Oct. 26, 2019.
Iowa defeated Northwestern, 20-0, on Oct. 26, 2019. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The gulf between Thomas and the rest of the offensive line class is pretty significant. As mentioned above, Washington's primary need is likely rebuilding the offensive line, and Iowa's Tristan Wirfs is widely considered the second-best tackle in the class. Trading down may be considered a bit of a cop out, but with all the holes on Washington's roster, accumulating more mid-round picks makes a ton of sense.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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