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At halfway point of 2019, Redskins on pace for 3rd pick in 2020 Draft. Who could they get?

At halfway point of 2019, Redskins on pace for 3rd pick in 2020 Draft. Who could they get?

If the season ended today the Redskins would land the third pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. And with two quarterback needy teams in front of them in Miami and Cincinnati, that could mean the Redskins get to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, arguably the most disruptive defensive player in college football since Ndamukong Suh.

Much of the talk before the 2020 Draft will center around Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and LSU QB Joe Burrow, but since the Redskins took Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 Draft, it's a near certainty the team won't again be looking for a QB. Never say never, however, as Washington might be hiring a new coach or even overhauling their front office this offseason. Last year, the Arizona Cardinals drafted Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray first overall despite taking UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick in 2018. 

Back to Young. For those unfamiliar with his work, the Buckeye junior is 6-foot-5 and 265 lbs. with incredible speed and energy off the edge. For the season, Young has 13.5 sacks in eight games, including a dominant four sack performance last week against Wisconsin. 

Of course Young wouldn't be the only possible pick for Washington at No. 3. Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy could make sense, as could Georgia OT Andrew Thomas or Ohio state CB Andrew Okudah. Plus other QB needy teams could want to move up for a passer. It's important to note that many of these players are juniors and could decide to forego the 2020 Draft and stay in college for their senior season.

According to NFL.com, current draft projections for 2020:

  1. Miami (0-7)
  2. Cincinnati (0-8)
  3. Washington (1-7)
  4. Atlanta (1-7) 
  5. New York Jets (1-6)
  6. New York Giants (2-6)
  7. Denver (2-6)
  8. Tampa (2-5) 
  9. Cleveland (2-5)
  10. LA Chargers (3-5)

Keep in mind Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan has been steadfast that the team's goals are still to win games this season. If Washington pulls off some wins in the second half of the year, and winnable games are on the schedule against the Giants and Jets, draft position could tumble. It's also possible that the Redskins trade Trent Williams or other veteran players, which would give the team multiple first-round picks or other draft ammunition.

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    Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

    Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

    Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

    The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

    In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

    "I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

    McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

    "I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

    Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

    The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

    The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

    Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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    The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

    The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

    The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

    Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

    The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

    “It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

    Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

    When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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