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Minutes after trading Trent Williams, the Redskins draft left tackle Saahdiq Charles

Minutes after trading Trent Williams, the Redskins draft left tackle Saahdiq Charles

The start to the NFL Draft's third day was a chaotic one for the Redskins. Very chaotic. 

Right before Washington took its turn on the clock near the top of the fourth round, they traded Trent Williams to the 49ers. Then, minutes after that long-awaited deal, the team drafted LSU left tackle Saahdiq Charles. 

Charles is someone who probably would've been a Day 2 selection if he had a smoother career at LSU. The lineman caught on early as a freshman with the Tigers and most recently was key in their run to the national title by protecting Joe Burrow. However, a six-game suspension in 2019 for drugs hurt his stock and is largely why he was available for the Burgundy and Gold on Saturday.

That said, the NFL's new CBA won't punish players for positive marijuana tests. It's not ideal, of course, that Charles was suspended for that in school, but it's also not as big of a deal as it used to be.

A few weeks ago, Ron Rivera and the Redskins used one of their pre-draft interviews on Charles, allowing them to gain more insight into who he is. Rivera is known for being a coach who's tough and disciplined but also fair, which should create an environment where the tackle can grow.

Charles will compete with Cornelius Lucas to start at Williams' old position. Remember that linemen like Geron Christian and Morgan Moses were still raw when they first entered the league (Christian still is, in fact) and Charles was picked later than those other two, so it may take him some time to get up to speed. Regardless, there's a lot to like about Charles.

On Saturday morning, the Redskins' plans at left tackle still somehow felt totally unsolved. Just a few hours later, though, the situation was a lot clearer and now includes someone who has a chance to be a long-term solution. Finally, the franchise can move on, and it will do so with Charles on their side.

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Peter King says cutting Derrius Guice was the 'right call' by Ron Rivera

Peter King says cutting Derrius Guice was the 'right call' by Ron Rivera

After Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence charges Thursday, the football world's eyes were fixated on the team's response to the allegations.

Facing a critical decision before his first season as Washington's head coach, Ron Rivera ultimately released the former second-round pick. Guice then went unclaimed on waivers

NBC Sports' Peter King was one of those individuals paying close attention to Washington's response to the allegations against Guice following a Washington Post story detailing sexual misconduct by several front-office executives. His take on Rivera's decision? It was the only decision to make. 

"I think that was a good first move, and the only move, Ron Rivera," King wrote in his Football Morning in America column. "Cutting Derrius Guice when the weight of evidence suggested domestic violence by the 2018 second-round running back. With everyone looking to see how the organization would react to any domestic issues after the behavior in the organization documented by the Washington Post, the franchise did the only thing it could do when the heinous behavior Guice was accused of in Virginia was made public.

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"In this climate, it was impossible for Washington to allow the legal system to run its course," King said. "This was the right call."

Washington's backfield is in a tough spot following Guice's release. The hope in 2020 was for him to become a featured back after his first two seasons in the league were marred by injury. Rivera will now have to lean on an aging Adrian Peterson again and two rookies who've had limited experience at the position. 

But those issues aren't the worst problems to have. Rivera and Washington were under pressure to make the right decision, and in King's eyes, they did. 

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Spring college football would 'really change some things' for Washington's draft preparation

Spring college football would 'really change some things' for Washington's draft preparation

The NFL may be pushing on with their 2020 season despite the challenges that come with playing during a global pandemic, but the same can't be said for college football. 

While some schools and conferences have canceled their fall sports seasons or pushed them back to the spring, the power five conferences have yet to make an official call on their respective football seasons. 

Whether those schools have a season, push it back to the spring or cancel it altogether will have major ramifications for NFL teams looking to add young talent to their rosters in the offseason. After all, only one first-round selection from the 2020 NFL Draft didn't play at a power five school. 

Whatever happens though, the Washington Football Team appears to have a plan in place for handling these unprecedented times. During his media availability Monday morning, Rivera assured reporters he and VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith have discussed it. 

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"Kyle Smith and I have been talking about how he plans to do it and the way he's going to set things up," Rivera said. "[Smith] has got a plan and he's got a couple of ideas of the best way to handle it and now it's just a matter of waiting to see which one is going to unfold. They've been doing some of the Zoom calls with the colleges, talking to the folks there about some of the players on their roster right now." 

Still, there's only so much prep work you can do before you need some actual game film to assess these players. The situation with the power five is fluid and has a number of health and safety factors built into the decision, though Rivera acknowledged the difficulty of having a 2021 NFL Draft in the middle of a spring college football season. 

"We'll see what happens. If it turns out like some of the other [conferences] that they're going to play in the early spring, it's going to really change some things," he said. 

Washington has an extra third-round pick in next year's draft and it will be Rivera's second draft as the leader of the franchise. Ideally, he has as much information as possible to bring young talent into his locker room. 

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