Make no mistake: the 2020 Washington Redskins will be all about offense. The Redskins had few offensive playmakers in 2019. Running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Terry McLaurin are the only proven playmakers on offense. Washington signed running back J.D. McKissic to a two year contract to add depth that often injured running back Derrius Guice was supposed to provide. While Guice will be given every opportunity to play in 2020, the Redskins still need additional depth at its offensive skill positions.
Washington turned to the later rounds of the 2020 NFL draft to address that need. Third round selection Antonio Gibson is listed as a wide receiver. However, he can also play running back as well. At the University of Memphis in 2019, Gibson carried the ball 33 times for 369 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a 11.2 yards per carry average, which is remarkable considering the NFL average yards per carry is around four yards. Gibson also says he’s willing to play whatever position necessary to succeed. His versatility at running back and wide receiver should provide great value to Redskins’ head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.
The Redskins selected Liberty University wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. At six foot four and 223 pounds, Gandy-Golden has the size and strength every NFL team wants at wide receiver. He also combines amazing physical feats with great cerebral knowledge to form an awesome combination that’s touch to defend against. Gandy-Golden also leaves Liberty University as the program’s all time leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. That total also includes three consecutive seasons of recording at least 1,000 receiving yards.
Washington’s draft class will be hungry to prove themselves on the field. Gibson and Gandy-Golden’s collegiate careers stats are impressive. But with all due respect, these stats were compiled mostly against inferior conference competition. Gibson and Gandy-Golden didn’t frequently play teams from Division One powerhouse conferences like the Southeastern Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the Pacific Ten Conference, and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since we have a limited sample size of what Gibson and Gandy-Golden can do against top collegiate programs, it’ll be hard to determine how their skills will translate into success in the NFL.
Luckily, the Redskins are in rebuilding mode, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity for young players to develop and make positive contributions to the team in 2020. Redskins’ fans saw promise in McLaurin and quarterback Dwayne Haskins as rookies in 2019. These same fans hope the 2020 Redskins’ draft class can add to the promise and guide the Washington Redskins in the right direction.