The NFL Trade Deadline hits at 4 p.m. and there are many scenarios where the Redskins could be selling off assets. Should that happen, it's assumed the team would gain additional draft picks in 2020.
Say Washington does pick up more draft selections, let's take a look at what positions are in the highest need:
- Tackle - Trent Williams has not played a snap this season for the Redskins, so whether or not he gets traded on deadline day, there is zero chance he suits up for Washington in 2020. Donald Penn has been a solid fill-in at left tackle, but he will be 37 years old by next fall. The team has 2018 third-round pick Geron Christian on the roster, but he hasn't progressed the way many hoped. Morgan Moses has three years left on his contract, but beginning in 2020, there is no more guaranteed money. Plus, left tackle is a premier position in the NFL. The Redskins will have a high first-round pick, and it wouldn't be a shock if the teams takes a tackle right away. If not, they'll definitely take one or maybe two during the draft.
- Tight end - Jordan Reed might never play again and Vernon Davis will turn 36 in January. The Redskins need a tight end in the worst way this season, so they must attack the position for 2020. Not having decent tight end play is a detriment to Washington's run game and their pass game, not to mention how much a big, capable pass catcher in the middle of the field could help young QB Dwayne Haskins.
- Cornerback - Whether or not Josh Norman gets traded it seems unlikely he will be back in Burgundy and Gold in 2020. He turns 32 in December and carries a $15 million price tag for next year, none of which is guaranteed. Quinton Dunbar has played at an elite level so far in 2019, but cornerback will still be a position of need. The best defenses have multiple corners they can rely on, and Dunbar's contract expires after the 2020 season. Fabian Morea should be back in 2020, but his level of play in 2019 leaves much to be desired.
- Linebacker - The injury to Reuben Foster disrupted the Redskins defensive plans for 2019, and maybe he's back in 2020, but overall the group could still use more talent.
- Pass Rusher - No NFL team ever has enough pass rushers, and Washington is no different. Veteran Ryan Kerrigan will be in the last year of his contract and rookie Montez Sweat is yet to make any tremendous impact. Ryan Anderson will also be in the last year of his contract.
In some ways, it might be easier to make a list of the positions the Redskins don't need to attack in the draft: Quarterback, running back and interior offensive line.
At QB, the team will have Haskins in his second year and the possibility of a return from Alex Smith. It seems crazy, but crazy things sometimes happen.
At running back, the team should have Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice, and Bryce Love, though Love will be returning from a major knee injury. 2019 marks the final year of Chris Thompson's contract.
The Redskins invested In the interior of their offensive line during the 2019 Draft, bringing in Wes Martin and Ross Pierschbacher. Those two along with Chase Roullier should provide a strong core, all relatively cheap and on rookie contracts. Of course what happens with Brandon Scherff, and to a lesser extent Ereck Flowers, will be a huge part of the offseason. Both Scherff and Flowers have expiring contracts.
A big question will be at wide receiver. Terry McLaurin looks like a star in the making, but beyond that, the Redskins lack many playmakers. Paul Richardson is under contract for three more seasons, though his deal doesn't have any more guaranteed money. Washington drafted two wideouts in 2019, McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon, so it's unclear if the team would again draft a WR. That could change with a first-round selection if the team feels they could find the perfect complement to McLaurin.
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