The Redskins have reportedly interviewed LSU left tackle Saahdiq Charles ahead of April's draft, according to Draft Network analyst Jordan Reid. This is significant, of course, because the team's relationship with its best left tackle isn't exactly a good one these days.
Charles, according to Reid, grades out as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 target, meaning he should go somewhere in the third or fourth round. Perhaps Washington is eyeing him with their 66th pick, which comes right at the start of the third. They also will select twice in the fourth.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder started nine games at left tackle for the Tigers in their recent run to the college football title, serving on Joe Burrow's security detail. He started 10 times as a sophomore and racked up nine more as a freshman, with most coming on the left edge in addition to a few at right tackle and one at right guard.
A player with that amount of experience coming from such a strong program would seem like someone who should be higher up on boards, but Charles had some issues while in school. LSU suspended him for six games last year based on a "coach's decision" and he was also suspended for one contest as a sophomore.
Getting to the bottom of those suspensions was no doubt a part of the Redskins' interview with Charles.
As things stand now, Cornelius Lucas appears to have the inside track on being Washington's Week 1 starter at left tackle. Lucas recently signed with the Burgundy and Gold as a free agent and could probably replicate what Donald Penn did there in 2019, but that might be his ceiling. Aside from him, no one else on the roster is that appealing.
Obviously, things would really change if the Redskins choose to trade down from the No. 2 slot. They're not going to take an offensive lineman there, but if they move out and acquire additional first-round capital, then they very well could address the issue with a premium prospect.
With their current collection of picks, however, it looks like their best option for finding competition for Lucas will come in the middle rounds of the draft. Charles is one such player who should be there, so it's no surprise the franchise used one of its allotted interviews to do extra research on him.
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