It's no secret that in order for Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins to make a jump in his sophomore year, he needs more weapons.
On Thursday, Haskins took to Twitter to campaign for his current team to draft his former Ohio State teammate K.J. Hill. This isn't the first time Haskins has done something like this. When Ohio State defensive end Chase Young declared for the 2020 NFL Draft last month, Haskins tweeted "See you soon," implying that he expects the Redskins to take his former teammate with the No. 2 overall selection.
Following the first round of the 2019 draft, Haskins tweeted at the Redskins for them to draft one of his Buckeye wide receivers later in the draft. Both Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin were available after the first round. The Redskins selected the latter, and McLaurin turned in one of the best seasons by a rookie wideout in franchise history.
Haskins and Hill played together at Ohio State in 2018, and the wideout was one of Haskins' favorite targets. Hill finished that season with 70 receptions for 885 yards and six touchdowns as Haskins No. 2 target behind Campbell (it's interesting to note that McLaurin had just 35 catches his senior year with the Buckeyes).
Hill is a different wide receiver than McLaurin. The former is a 6-foot-0, 190-pound wideout who relies on his speed and quickness more than anything else. While he's played both on the outside and in the slot, he's best on the inside.
By many accounts of people there, the wideout had an incredible week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., likely raising his draft stock. He made an impressive one-handed catch that viral on social media during practice.
But Hill is not the wide receiver the Redskins need; Washington would get greater use out of a bigger outside receiver to compliment McLaurin. Undrafted rookie Steven Sims excelled in the slot for the Burgundy and Gold a season ago, and that job should be his to lose.
The wide receiver class in this year's draft is incredibly deep. Many draft scouts have called it the deepest class since 2014, one that featured Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Davante Adams, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and John Brown among others.
Barring injury, there are three wide receivers that seem to be sure first-rounders: Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's Ceedee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins. There is a collection of four or more receivers -- LSU's Justin Jefferson, Penn State's K.J. Hamler, Colorado's Laviska Shenault, and Alabama's Henry Ruggs III -- who could sneak into the first round as well.
If the Redskins stay put at pick No. 2, it's likely they don't take a wide receiver, especially with Chase Young still on the board (should the Bengals take LSU's Joe Burrow at No. 1). If the Redskins trade back, they could grab one of these wideouts later in the first round.
Earlier this week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the team has "more than enough" to move up in the draft. Miami currently possesses the fifth, 18th, and 26th pick in the 2020 draft, along with two second-rounders. Should the Redskins spark a deal with Miami including three of those picks (either all three first-rounders or two firsts and a second), Washington would be more than capable of using one of those they get in return for No. 2 on a wideout.
Jeudy, who many believe is the best wideout in the draft, is one of the most polished route runners coming out of college in recent memory. Jeudy would be an ideal fit in Washington. He's an outside receiver who plays bigger than his 6-foot-1 frame with 4.4 40-yard dash speed as well.
Higgins would fit the bill for the Redskins if they wanted a bigger receiver. The 6-foot-5 Clemson product is a jump-ball specialist and has an expanded route tree. LSU's Justin Jefferson could also fit this mold.
Hill is projected as high as a second-round pick by some draft experts, while as low as a fourth-rounder by others.
"He’s probably in the 4th or 5th round range right now," The Draft Network's Jordan Reid told NBC Sports Washington. "I think that’s a fair area for him, but his route running is outstanding. He showed to be an advanced route-runner at the Senior Bowl and arguably looked the best of any in Mobile."
If his stock continues to rise based off his strong Senior Bowl week, there's a chance Hill isn't even available for Washington. As it stands now, Washington doesn't own a second-round pick; they sent that to Indianapolis a year ago to move back into the first round to select Montez Sweat. Hill could very well be gone by the time the Redskins are back on the clock.
If Washington doesn't trade back from No. 2, they'll likely need to address the wide receiver position in the later rounds. Should Hill fall, the Redskins could use a fourth- or fifth-round pick on him. They got incredible value with McLaurin in the third round and Kelvin Harmon in the sixth round a year ago.
But with such a deep class, there's a good chance many first-and second-round talent wideouts are still on the board at the beginning of the third. In 2014, there were eight receivers taken before the Packers selected Adams. That same year, 10 wideouts came off the board before the Dolphins nabbed Landry.
It's possible that happens in 2020. If Jefferson or Shenault were to slip to the third, Washington would benefit more by selecting one of them over Hill.
Hill could very well be a good wide receiver in the NFL, but as it stands now, finding his fit in the Washington offense is hard to find.
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