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  1. Former VT QB which gives you the potential for trickeration.
  2. For Immediate Release April 27, 2020 REDSKINS EXERCISE FIFTH-YEAR OPTION ON JONATHAN ALLEN LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have exercised their fifth-year option on the contract of defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. Allen (6-3, 300) entered the league as the Redskins’ first-round selection (No. 17 overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his first three NFL seasons, Allen has started all 36 games in which he has appeared. He has registered 139 tackles (84 solo), including 18 for loss and has compiled 15.0 sacks. Since 2018, Allen is tied for the fourth-most multi-sack games among defensive tackles. Allen has the fifth-most games with multiple tackles for loss by a defensive tackle during that same timeframe. Allen’s 14.0 sacks are sixth-most by a defensive tackle since 2018. Allen played collegiately at Alabama, where he appeared in 30 games. As a senior in 2016, he was a team captain and winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award along with being a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Lombardi Award. He finished his career ranked No. 2 in Alabama history in career sacks (28.5) behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. Allen, 25, attended Stone Bridge H.S. in Ashburn, Va., where he was a consensus five star recruit. He was selected as the Gatorade Virginia Football Player of the year. He was born on Jan. 16, 1995.
  3. April 27, 2020 DE Chase Young On what players he likes to watch on film: “Yeah, I watch a lot of old film of guys. I remember in college, I would get Coach J [Ohio State Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Larry Johnson] to put together a folder on the film. I would get him to put every sack that week from the NFL. I would get him to put every Von Miller sack, Khalil Mack, Nick [Bosa], Joey sack. And I would go back also and just watch film of when Joey was in college. I would get Coach J to make cut ups of Joey and Nick just so I could look at it. I do a lot of watching old film of guys.” On how he developed his game: “To be honest, it was a process. My freshman year, I had gotten a taste of what we call drinking the Kool-Aid, our technique that we do. My sophomore year, obviously I got better my junior year, I got better. I feel like it’s just repetition. You know I really don’t know how I did it. I just started doing it over and over again and just really started paying attention to each detail in our toolbox that we use in the game. I just told myself and I promised myself that I would focus that whole summer leading up to my junior year solely on our technique. I did that and it paid off for me.” On what he learned watching film and who he compares his game to: “If I could compare anybody or say I play like anybody, I would say it’s [DE] Julius Peppers. But I watch Nick a lot and Joey a lot just because they took our technique to the NFL. I watched them a lot just to see if it worked on the next level, and obviously it’s working on the next level. That’s something I found out, and I’m very excited about.” On why he compares himself to DE Julius Peppers: “I mean that was a guy I always just grew up watching back when he was with the [Carolina] Panthers. When he was with the [Chicago] Bears, I watched him. My uncles always used to talk about Julius, my dad. You know, my dad didn’t have an NFL team, but he liked Julius Peppers, so I just grew up always talking about and watching Julius Peppers.” On his growth in three years at Ohio State: “I go back and look at all the mistakes I made in college on film and stuff. There’s a lot of stuff I can correct, man. It’s a lot of stuff. I can definitely get better. My hands can definitely get better. My hips can definitely get better, my first step can, hand placement in the run game can get better. It’s a lot of stuff that I have in my head that I’m focused on and that I’m working on just so I can do better at it in the League than in college.” On Ohio State Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Larry Johnson: “Yeah, man, Coach J, it was a blessing. I thank God every day because he put Coach J in my life. Coach J helped guide the whole unit. But it’s like when you get a real relationship with Coach J and you go to him extra all the time, you are just building a relationship and you let him know, ‘I’m here, I’m all in.’ And then, he goes all in for you, too. I feel like that’s how it was – he was all in for me and I was all in for him. We just really put it all out on the line for each other. In just working with him, I’ve grown tremendously. I’ve got more focused – just compared to my freshman year – I’ve got more focused. Coach J, everything they say about you is true. He’s the guru. He is the best of the best. I appreciate him because he helped me get here.” On DT Jonathan Allen and local DMV guys: “I actually went over to Jonathan’s house the day after the draft. Chopped it up with him. Just wanted to meet one of the leaders of the defense. I felt like it was right to do that. I’m reaching out to all of my teammates and trying to get to know them. [DE] Montez [Sweat], I am supposed to be getting with him. I’m fired up, man. We have a D-line filled with first-rounders. I think when we go, watch out. A lot of people I know compare Nick [Bosa], when he came in the league. When he was added to that D-line, the 49ers had a top defensive line. He came in and just added more pressure. That is the only thing I am trying to do. Just come in, be a sponge and just play as hard as I can.” On his relationship with Jonathan Allen and if he knew him in high school: “A little bit. I always knew he was a guy from Virginia and he was good. I didn’t know who he was but I just knew he was super big compared to me. I was probably like five-foot-five or something like that. I just remember a really big dude in VA that was going to Alabama. That is a big deal going to Alabama from Virginia. I definitely remember.” On his preparation against his opponents: “I look for a lot, man, I really do. I look and like to study the offensive linemen tendencies. Where they might look before the snap, how they set, where is that kick for them is it far back or up shorter? It is a lot of stuff, play recognition. Which plays do they run out of each formation. How does the linemen stand different during those formations? I do my best watching film. I am definitely going to continue that on this next level.” On what he has heard about the next steps in terms of getting prepared during this uncertain time: “All I know is that I get my iPad this week, either today or tomorrow. I can talk to my coaches, I just can’t be on the unit Zoom calls with the team. I believe I can talk to my own coach in private meetings. I have not done it yet so we are just checking to see if we can do it. If I can, that would be my plan. I would want to schedule out all the times that we can meet. Get caught up on the new playbook that is coming in. I am running with the punches. It is a different draft and I ran with the punches on draft day. Just everything in the future I am going to roll with the punches.” On adjusting with the lack of repetitions: “I don’t think it will be too much of a lack because I put in a lot of work on my own. Just defensive line wise, conditioning, recovery. Just trying to get everything incorporated into what I do. Hopefully, that first day I am going to be in the best shape I can be in and definitely most prepared in a situation as a rookie like myself can come in and be. I’m just trying to be the best I can be.” On what it has been like since he got drafted: “I took a day off the day after the draft. I have been talking to all my coaches and trying to get in touch with all my teammates. Still working out, staying in shape. Just trying to get in touch with my teammates and trying to figure out when I can talk to my coaches and get caught up on the playbook. Just working out and staying ready.” On the balance of being a local guy: “I just believe that you have to have good people around you. A team, I would call it, a team. There is going to be people out here coming out of the woodwork that said they knew me. You know how that whole thing goes. You just have to have a good team around you. There has to be a boundary between you and those types of people. I believe I do. I have a team and that is the first step in the balancing. On the other end, you know who they are and you just have to be aware of them. Try your best to just stay out of certain situations. Just focus on your job and that’s football.” On the positive elements of playing for his hometown team: “I get to play in front of my family, I get to put on for where I’m from. I get to be an inspiration for all the young kids growing up in my area. I mean, I get to play for the Washington Redskins, a team that I’ve watched growing up, obviously because I’m from the area. It’s a lot man. I’m just excited for real. I feel like the most exciting thing is, for home games, my parents, they don’t have to fly anywhere. They can drive 20 minutes up the road to come watch me play. And after the game, after the W, we can have a party or something. Just a little cookout or get together, something easy, something that if I got drafted anywhere else I couldn’t do. It’s a lot more pros than cons.” On who he is looking forward to going up against in the NFL: “You know I’ll probably keep that to myself. I feel like that’s inside motivation. But tackles that are very good that are in my league, I mean obviously the [Dallas] Cowboys have a good O-Line, the [Philadelphia] Eagles have a good O-Line. [Former Eagles OT] Jason Peters, [Eagles C] Jason Kelce, the Cowboys they’ve got [Cowboys OT] Tyron Smith. I mean, there’s definitely some good tackles in the division so you know, I’m just going to try to keep working, put my best foot forward, just to show everybody what I’ve got.” On his thoughts post Draft: “It’s time to go to work. You know what I’m saying. That’s all it is. You get drafted at the second pick, you’re going to be sent high expectations. People try to label you with the gold jacket, I just try to mute everything out, man. I try to mute out the negativity, I try to mute out the positivity, and just focus on football and focus on the smaller things like nutrition, taking care of my body. Just focus on everything that got me here now. On the next level obviously, trying to just bring everything I do, do it even greater, and hopefully my NFL career will be pretty good, just trying to do what I do.” On how he plans to be an influence off the field to his community: “I plan to make a big impact. I want every kid in Maryland, I want every kid in the DMV, to know that I’m just a good guy. I’m a regular person just like anybody else. A guy that can get personal with them, and just tell them, I was in your shoes, and now I’m here. And these are the steps that you have to take to get here. You know through every step, it’s one thing, every step has a common. And that’s just working hard. You know, I definitely want to have a foundation. I’m putting all those together now. I’m definitely going to try to make my presence felt throughout the whole community.” On the potential of him to continue growing in height: “My dad, my dad’s side of the family, a lot of guys grew late. I know my dad, when he went to high school, his freshman year, he was about 6 foot, 6’1”. I think his senior year when he left, he was about 6’6”. I think in college, I believe, his sophomore year he grew to be about 6’7”, and then his senior year he was about 6’9”. Now he’s like 6’10”. So, I mean, he grew late, it’s a possibility that I can grow late. A lot of people told me my growth plates, there’s still some room. But I don’t feel like it will affect my game. I feel like, it’s just something I will adapt to. Just staying flexible. Obviously, if you’re tall you’ve got to be a lot more flexible. But I don’t think it will affect my game at all. I’ll be the same person, whether I’m 6’7” or 6’1”, I feel like everything’s cool.” On what was his most memorable Draft moment: “I feel like, just sitting back, watching my family be excited, laughing with each other, when I was getting picked. Just sitting back and remembering just those times when the Draft would come on, a young kid, I had a wife-beater on in the house. You know, a little kid running around in my drawers, just looking at the TV, seeing first round picks just going by on the screen. I always told my mom, I want to be one of them. It always stuck in my head that I was going to be a first round pick. That’s always been my plan. Always been plan A. You know, that’s just something that I’ve always felt for my whole life.” On how his run defense has evolved: “It’s definitely a big part of my game. I know throughout the weeks when I get prepared for games, I would take [Ohio State Head] Coach [Ryan] Day twice a week after practice. The first thing that we would watch to prepare for that game that week is the top five runs of our opponent that weekend. That next day I would go into practice calling out plays, in the run game. And I think that’s why my game really excelled even more because I knew if it was a run. Play recognition when I would study film. I knew, if it’s this formation, 80 percent run. I knew, if it was this formation, it was going to be 20 percent run. So, I feel like, play recognition throughout my run game, and obviously from my freshman year to junior year, I got a lot stronger. My balance has gotten a lot better. My hand placement, my lockout has gotten a lot better since my junior year. I feel like I play the run real good, I feel like I play double teams real good, I feel like I play pulling guards real good, if you go back and watch film. You know obviously, you know, where you get your money is, they say, per se, is sacks. That’s the flashiness of the defensive lineman. So, I feel like those sacks maybe overshadow what I do in the run game. But I feel like those people that know ball for real, when you go back and just watch my film of my run game, I feel like they know what I do in the run game.” On the impact on him as a pass rusher to play with other impactful guys: “I feel like that’s the only way, a good pass rusher, if he’s by himself on the team, you’re going to be great to a certain extent. But when you have, whenever your whole defensive line is full of first rounders, and dogs who are ready to go, I feel like it’s not too much an offense can do. We always talk about, me and [49ers DE] Nick [Bosa], could’ve played my sophomore year, his junior year, if he never got hurt, there would’ve been nothing an offense could’ve done with us. If you slide to Nick, then you let me go off. If you slid to me, then Nick going to go off. I feel like you know, that’s the same thing with the Redskins. [DE] Montez [Sweat], we’ve got [LB] Ryan [Anderson], [LB] Jon [Bostic], [DT Daron Payne], when the inside guys are good too, especially [Former Ohio State DT] Devon Hamilton, love Devon, because that was my guy. He used to sacrifice plays for me. So it’s like, when you really work as a unit, and you’ve got all guys clicking on all cylinders, and every guy is a first rounder. I don’t feel like the offense can really do anything with a defensive line like that.” On having to compete for a spot: “I’m going to go in and be a sponge. You know, my head down, ready to work. I feel like I’m a fierce competitor. At the end of the day this is our job. Obviously you love to play football but this is a business. So all I can say is I’m going to put my best foot forward, and show what I have. However it ends up, it ends up. But as long as I put my best foot forward, I’ll be okay with everything.” On putting boundaries on family and friends: “It’s definitely, I would say, a few types of people that I already had a boundary, and I’m going to continue that. I’m going to take the guidance from my parents, from my team, and obviously, I’m young, this is new to me. Getting money at a young age, you have people coming out the wood works, and you really don’t want to say no but you’ve got to. It is what it is man, it is what it is.”
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  7. April 25, 2020 Head Coach Ron Rivera and Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith On trading T Trent Williams: KS: “Obviously, with the [T] Trent [Williams] stuff, it’s been a long process. You know, I think everybody is a little bit, you guys as well, think we’re all relieved that it’s over, that it’s done. From day one that we got into this, it’s a unique situation, where, a lot of different layers to it, and we did the best that we could. We opened it up to the agent to find a partner and all that stuff and finally, we’re to the point where it’s over, and we’re all moving in our own direction. We wish him the best, and I think [Head] Coach [Ron Rivera] does as well, and we’re moving forward.” On the feelings behind moving on from OT Trent Williams: RR: “You know one of the things that we talked about when I first got here was talk about a sustainable winning culture. You know, again, one of the things that we wanted was just to have guys that were going to be part of it from the beginning. And again, just, this was an opportunity for us to part ways with a guy that wanted to move forward which is great. I get that, I understand that, but again, we’re going to do things a specific way. That’s the whole idea about what we’re doing is we’re going to build this culture with the guys that want to be here, the guys that want to be a part of what we’re doing, so we can go forward, and just feel good about where we are. And this was something that you know, it gives everybody an opportunity to start clean, start fresh. You guys know what I said in the first meeting, and we’re going forward from here.” On the choice to select T Saahdiq Charles: KS: “Yeah no we’re very excited about Saahdiq [Charles]. We’ve done a lot of work on him. Obviously as you guys know, I mean you can look it up and stuff, there was the suspension there and he made a mistake, and he’s made mistakes in his past there at LSU, so once we come through with guys like this throughout the Fall and you gather all the character in the background, then you start to dive in. Right? You watch the tape, and you find out what is he as a player, what’s the talent level, and that’s what we always go off of when we put them on the board. He’s a high talent player. Tremendous talent, tremendous upside. Obviously, he was there in the fourth round for a reason, we dove into this kids character in a big way. With our area scout, with our cross checker, Coach Rivera, myself, [Senior Director of Player Development] Malcom Blacken our player development. I had a long meeting the other day with him on Zoom. We feel very confident in the kid, we’re comfortable with everything, the research that we’ve done. And we’re really excited for the kid, I know he is too. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, he understands why he was taken where he was. We’re excited about the structure that we’re going to give this kid, the culture that Coach was talking about that we’re going to provide this kid. And we’re excited to give him an opportunity with the Redskins.” On the importance of this draft weekend: RR: “Well I think the biggest thing more so than anything else was going out and drafting the young men that we believe can be a part of what we want to do. Grow with this as we go forward. I mean, these young guys we took with our first few picks, the guys we expect to be here, the guys we expect to be a part of what we’re building. The next group of guys we expect to grow and develop and have them become a part of what we’re doing. So, we feel real confident, real strong about it and it’s important. It’s important to put your own stamp on it so that guys understand we have a certain way we want to do it, we’re going to ask you to do it the way that you’re coached. We’re going to ask you to play the way that we have mapped things out, you know, to do it our way. And if you do that, believe me, I believe we can have a lot of success. And if you do it our way or you don’t, I’ll take the brunt of it, I’ll take the blame. Because again, I’m asking them to do it a specific way. And that’s the most important thing, and I hope everybody understands that.” On how RB Antonio Gandy-Gates will contribute to the team: RR: “Well he’s a big, physical receiver. I mean, he’s got good size, good speed, good play speed, he’s a physical player. He’s a guy that can make his presence felt. We believe in the red zone, certain short yardage. Third and intermediate, third and three, third and seven, something like that a guy that can work the middle for you. He can block, he’s a guy that we feel can be a very physical blocker. He’s got special teams value as well. So that's how we think a guy like that’s going to develop and grow and be a guy that can help impact and participate in what we’re trying to do.” On not drafting a tight end: KS: “Yeah no, I think it goes back to what we talked about before, Coach and I about the board. You follow a board, and you kind of go and let the board speak to you. The tight end position, we did address. We added in free agency with [TE] Logan [Thomas]. So, we’re excited about him and his upsides. Obviously, [TE] Thaddeus Moss we are bringing in as well as an undrafted free agent so he’ll be added to that mix. But it’s not something that, the way we want to move forward when, letting the board speak to you, is you don’t want to force things. We’re always going to have needs and positions of focus, but you don’t want to force it. That’s when you start riding guys up the board and in my opinion, and in Coach’s opinion, you start making mistakes. When we add a tight end or any position, it’s based off of that board.” On the possible injury of TE Thaddeus Moss: KS: “Yeah well the injury stuff, we’ll let [Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Vermillion] handle that stuff, but he was injured yes. That’s why he didn’t perform at the Combine, but everything that we’ve gotten from our medical staff we feel comfortable with and we’ll monitor that whenever the time comes that he’s able to come with us.” On how this draft class will improve the team’s versatility: RR: “Well again, you know, when you start talking about [RB] Antonio Gibson, [T] Saahdiq Charles, guys that can play multiple positions. Saahdiq [Charles] has played left and right tackle and has played some guard. Again, this is a guy that’s going to compete, he’s going to compete on the left side, left tackle and left guard for us. He’s a guy that has a chance to contribute early on, and quite frankly, because we’re starting over, we’re starting from the beginning, everything is on the table. Every opportunity for anybody to come in and play is here. We are going to play the guys that we believe give us the best opportunity to win football games. That’s what you want. You want guys that can come in and contribute that way. [C Keith] Ismael is a guy that can play center guard for us. You know, [LB Khaleke Hudson is a linebacker that has some opportunity to go out and play in space. Kamren [Curl] is a safety that started at corner so he’s got cover skills, so he may be able to come down into the slot and cover receivers. That’s something that we have to find out. And [DE] James Smith Williams has got enough stout in us that not only could he be an outside edge guy, but he can come down every now and then and probably play as a three technique for you. You feel good about those kind of guys, because again, they’re not pigeon-holed into one position and one position only. There’s an opportunity for us to find ways to use them, to get them on the field. And that’s a way for the player to also try and use his talents to get on the field as much, as quickly as possible.” On how much he expects to overhaul the roster in his first season as head coach: RR: “Well we’re about to find out. This roster, as I said when I first got her, I really like what I had seen. You look at the guys who have contributed on this team from the last three drafts, you feel pretty confident and comfortable and you can add some key veteran guys and young guys that continue to develop, I think the turnaround can be a little bit quicker than expected, at least I expected. What I’m hoping is these guys can contribute and grow with the guys that are already here who have been contributing. Again, going through this process and having to look at the last three drafts and going through this process with [Vice President of Player Personnel] Kyle [Smith] and his guys there were a lot of positive things that I really took from this and I’m really excited about. Hopefully we’ll get our opportunity to work with these guys.” On what T Saahdiq Charles showed him to be able to draft him: RR: “For him to have to come back [to LSU], he was going to have to stay clean and finish the season. Talking with [LSU Head] Coach [Ed] Orgeron, he was very positive about how the young man came in and the way contrite about the mistake he had made, about doing things the right way and trying to learn. One thing that really caught my attention was he had made the statement that when you have something taken away from you, you want it back, you want to do it the right way. That really swayed me. I’m one of those that do believe you do give guys opportunities, especially if they show that they want it and this is a young man that wants it. He’s going to be watched, he’s going to be on a short leach. At the same time, we have [Senior Director of Player Development] Malcom Blacken, who has done a great job from what I’ve seen, and then watching him communicating, while we had the opportunity, but also knowing the fact that he had the chance to talk to this young man, even though it was only on Zoom, he spent a good 45 minutes with him, I felt pretty comfortable in listening what Malcom had to say. This is a young man that, obviously, we feel has a tremendous skill set, but he’s a young man who has a bit of an issue that we’re trying to control and help him out with. Again, hopefully we keep him going where he needs to be and that’s straight ahead.” On balancing versatile players versus ones who have specific talents: RR: “The biggest thing is you want to make sure the guy has a primary function. What does he do best? Again, a great example right now is [Tackle] Saahqid Charles did best in college is play left tackle, so that’s where he’ll start out, at left tackle. Because he’s over there, we’re always cross training our backups, so he’ll ewok at left guard as well. So it’ll be an opportunity to see what his skill set is and see how versatile he truly is and it’ll also help him learn. One thing I always believed in is if you know what the guy next to you is supposed to do, it’s going to help you do your job and that’s how we try to help grow our young [players].” On signing Tight End Thaddeus Moss and what they saw in him: KS: “[Tight End] Thaddeus [Moss] was a productive guy this year. He had a nice season, he has really nice hands and ball skills, he’s a tough kid that competes in the run game so those qualities when you’re signing priority free agents, you need to have two qualities that really stand out and those are it and that's what we base stuff off of and we’re excited. Playing at LSU, big time football, big time season. It was really no brainer to sign him as a PFA.” On Kyle’s elevated role and how they did with all the challenges of a virtual draft: KS: “That’s a great question. The other day I was saying that I feel like my role hasn’t changed drastically over the last three years from this process. When [Head] Coach [Ron] Rivera came in, he said ‘ I want you to kind of do everything that you’ve been doing the last few years and run it how you feel comfortable, and then we’ll adjust from there.’ So really, that process when it comes to the college stuff has been the same. Now, when you add – obviously what you guys are dealing with and we’re dealing with it – the virtual stuff, that was really the biggest challenge. How can we all be on the same page and communicate and get the board set under these circumstances? And that’s something that honestly Asheesh Kinra and Christian Smith, our IT guys, they made this stuff really easy and smooth for us because they set all these gadgets and gizmos up in our places that we had no idea how to use and Coach and I had conversations like this everyday and it was like sitting in the same room. So at the end of the day, after a few days of going through this stuff, it was like being back in the office. I think the process was great. Process is always about the people and Coach and I have a great relationship, and it’s easy, it’s smooth. We’re on the same page – [Defensive Coordinator Jack] Del Rio and [Offensive Coordinator Norv] Turner – I’ve been very happy with how easily we’ve meshed after not knowing each other for a long time and that’s what made our process very smooth. It’s about the people and communicating, and you can’t go wrong when you do it that way.” On how this process has been unique: RR: “I thought it was a real cool experience, I really did. I mean, there were moments – the frustration of not being able to be in our own facility and work it, but again just knowing that the support people that we had were terrific. Everything starting with the IT stuff to our Director of Football Operations, these guys went above and beyond in terms of trying to help us prepare ourselves. But the experience itself has been unique. Obviously, I’d been through something completely different my first time as a head coach with the work stoppage, but at least we got to during the draft process go out and watch players, work players out, bring players to our facility. This time we didn’t, we had to rely on technology and use technology to the best of our abilities, which was at some times very frustrating. But again, as [Vice President of Player Personnel] Kyle [Smith] said, our IT guys were terrific. The unique thing about this too was getting to know people from the standpoint that you didn’t really have the up close interaction. That was interesting because, again, part of this process too is trying to interview these guys, trying to get them off their comfort zone and trying to get them to react and act differently. That was a little bit of a trial and error as well, but overall it worked very well. It was kind of neat having the family around, having my wife involved, our two dogs and then our daughter Courtney, who’s actually doing our social media stuff for the team, so we were able to give a little behind the scenes stuff to our fans, which I thought was kind of a unique thing as well.” On DE Chase Young’s participation in a Wale song and whether he’d ever consider being a part of a Wale song: RR: “You know, the thing about that whole thing is that if guys can keep their personality and be who they are, and do it within the right framework of being the right kind of young man, then do it. Do those things and do them the right way. That to me I things is cool because again a guy that can do all these things and stay focused when he has to be focused, that’s important and I think [Defensive End] Chase [Young] is one of those guys. As far as being in one of his tracks, I really don’t have any musical talent, to be honest. The only thing I really, truly like to do is focus on football.” On whether he feels like they addressed depth on the offensive line with C Keith Ismael: RR: “Yes, we do. He’s a center/guard combination, a young man that can help with one or two positions for us. We always feel good about that. He’s a young football player – Keith Ismael out of San Diego State – just a stout, physical football player, a smart football player that had a really good test score as well. We just feel confident when you add those kinds of young men that have that kind of ability. Again, it really is about trying to fill those needs, but again letting the board speak to you. And I’ll say this too, I really thought Kyle did a great job, just watching him handle it. The input that I gave really was about when it came time for selection, but he was monitoring things, constantly throwing things out, ideas, thoughts, communicating, which I thought was really important. When the decisions were made, he was on board or he was pushing for this and that’s exactly what you need is a guy who’s going to tell you what you need to hear and not necessarily what you want.” On the compensation they received for T Trent Williams: KS: “With the trade compensation, at the end of the day – we’ve said this for a long time – you determine compensation by your eyes as a scout or a coach, and that’s what you watch on tape. [Tackle] Trent Williams is a first-round value, that’s what he is, that’s what the tape tells you, that’s what everybody knows. This circumstance and everything that has gone into this for two years or whatever it’s been, that’s what’s devalued him. At the end of the day for the Washington Redskins, what we got with a fifth and third, we’re happy with what we got and it’s time to move on and we’re ready to move forward. I can’t wait, personally, to stop talking about it. I can’t wait to stop hearing about it and I’ve been here for a while. Since [Head] Coach [Ron Rivera] showed up here, we made it very clear that, as an organization, anybody that has a year left on their contract we’re going to wait and see how you mesh with the coaching staff. And I think that’s pretty fair, personally, that, out of respect for the player, let’s see how we jive, let’s see how we mesh before we extend somebody for four years or three years or whatever the case may be. I think that’s pretty fair. But at the end of the day, we got what the Washington Redskins wanted and that’s what’s fair compensation to us. This is resolved, it’s over, we’re moving forward, we’re excited about the draft, we’re excited about our picks and we’re ready to roll.” On whether there was a time where they had to resolve differing opinions on picks: RR: “I don’t think there really was just because of the way the board was set. As things started to fall, the board was very, very accurate, very close to being very, very accurate. So really, as we got to our picks there was that clump of guys, the three or four guys that we would talk about and one guy would be above the three of four of them and that was the guy we went with. Again, as I said, I really thought that the things that [Vice President of Player Personnel] Kyle [Smith] and his guys did in terms of preparation, I thought the readings that we did over Zoom, were very good. I thought that the communication between Kyle and I as he was setting the final board was exactly what you look for because then as you go through the process you should see things quite close to one another. And again, it’s because we worked through the process. We didn’t go through this and not be prepared for that conversation. I thought we talked ourselves through a lot of things.” KS: “Just to piggyback off that, sometimes people think that we come into the war room in the NFL and the board’s up there, the clock starts and you’re like ‘Who are we taking?’ We have a thorough process of two weeks in advance to where you have readings and you have all that stuff, and then once you talk to coaches and scouts you have a pretty good idea of everybody’s final opinion. You set the board across and then as decision makers, [Head] Coach [Ron Rivera] and I get together and it’s like ‘We know this cluster of players is going to be there. Which way are we going?’ and obviously we know what positions we want and what are the focus positions – boom, boom, boom, you go through all those scenarios so that when we come to here, when you get your five, six names you already kind of have a feeling of what you want to do. Same thing with medical meetings, you meet with medical people, they explain what the grades are so you know when you go into the draft these guys are off the board, these guys are on the board, these guys are safe. You’re recapping and you’re moving forward, so it makes stuff very quick and efficient.” RR: “Also to follow up, one of the things that we did do was we had a couple of mocks that we mocked through with our entire group and with our IT guys, and we tried to do it over the system just to see how it would work. We had no issues. We had one with the league and we had two of our own. The last one we did took us through the fourth round, so we worked on a mock of trades, we worked on a mock of trading out of position and I thought the guys handled that very well. It gave us a little taste as to what to expect and it went very, very well, it really did. It went about as smooth as we could’ve expected and hoped for, and again kudos to our IT guys.” T Saahdiq Charles On the pre-draft process: “Just taking it one step at a time and one day at a time and constantly working. You move forward from there. As far as going where I thought I would go, I wasn’t exactly sure where I would go. That’s the only thing. They believe in me; they’ve given me a chance. And for that, I feel like I’m going to give the Redskins organization everything I’ve got.” On what he communicated to the Redskins during his pre-draft process: “I mean, I just know that, of course, I made mistakes at school. They were dumb, ball-headed selfish mistakes, but I know that moving forward I learned from my mistakes and I improved when I was at LSU. I was just truthful with the organization and they ended up trusting me and picking me.” On the emotions he’s felt during draft night: “I mean, last night was just a little long. Anxious, just waiting on the call. But at least it wasn’t long this morning.” On being a potential replacement for T Trent Williams: “Growing up an offensive lineman, I watched Trent plenty of times. I have a lot of respect for his game. Just to see that they traded him and they picked me, just shows what they might have in mind for me. I’m going to come in there and work hard and just do my thing, man.” On what the moment meant to him and what the team told him to expect coming in: “The moment was amazing, a dream come true, a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid. [Head] Coach [Ron] Rivera called me and told me I’m going to be a Redskin, I was just thanking him.” On whether he has spoken to RB Derrius Guice: “No. We’ll talk very soon, I’m sure. But I haven't talked to him about Washington, or the Redskins, or how the organization is, but I’ll find out soon and give him a call.” On protecting QB Dwayne Haskins Jr.: “The same thing I did in college – find where his launch point is in the pocket and communicate with him. Of course, I take a lot of pride in that and it’s one thing we took a lot of pride at as an offensive line at LSU is keeping your quarterback clean. Two seconds of strain and an extra two seconds of pain and finish and the quarterback clean.” On whether there’s anything he can take from his work with Bengals QB Joe Burrow to the NFL: “Honestly, it wasn’t just me working with Joe Burrow. I’d say it was all of the guys on the field working as a team. I feel like that’s how it was.” On his decision to forego his senior season: “Coming into the year, I never really thought much about coming out or doing anything of that, going into the draft. I kind of just let the season play out and I just knew that we had goals, which was to win a national championship, SEC championship and for our position to win the Joe Moore award, which we did. In college, it’s all about goals and routines and I just felt comfortable coming out. I feel like that was the best decision for me.” On who was with him to celebrate with him when he got drafted: “I’ve got my cousin, my mom, friends. I’ve got my family out here.” On where he is: “I’m from Jackson, Mississippi. I’m in Jackson at the moment.” On what it’s like to celebrate during the pandemic: “I mean, honestly, I’ve never been to a draft party besides the watch party that I had. I didn’t know whether to expect, if it was supposed to be big or small. I just knew when my phone got called, that was the most important moment of the day.” WR Antonio Gandy-Golden On waiting for a call during the draft: “The process was pretty easy, just chilling with some family and friends and things like that. But you know, it’s a long, long process. It’s kind of hard waiting so long, but I’m super excited the Redskins got me and I’m ready to go.” On his senior season: “I think it just opened me up to a lot more teams, allowed a lot more teams to see that I was capable of doing more than the previous years. I overall just improved my stock.” On the difference in his game from 2018 to 2019: “Of course, I got more yards this year and I really attribute that to my coaches. Just the different techniques they taught me and just allowed me to open up more in the past year.” On having fewer drops in 2019: “Honestly, we got a new receiver coach. He came in and really emphasized the jugs machine with us every day. We had a lot of great catching drills we would do. Honestly, just paying attention to the small things [and] being on the jugs machine helped a lot.” On what he’ll add to the current wide receiver group on the roster: “For sure. I think I can take the roof off, but also just being able to be physical in the run game and also in the pass game with my blocking, being able to high-point the ball and bringing my secure hands with me.” On when he knew the Redskins were interested in him: “I honestly had not talked to them too much. I think it was more my agent, but they had showed interest early. I’m a local guy, technically, so I feel like I was always kind of on their radar. They reached out to me early and there was kind of a pause from there, and today they picked me up.” On whether the team had given him any indication on how he’d be used: “Nope, not really. Not really.” C Keith Ismael On coming from a football family: “It’s influenced me hugely. My dad played football. He played football at Florida A&M in college. My uncle, he played defensive end at Oregon. Another one of my uncles, he played quarterback at Stanford, now he’s offensive coordinator. And another one of my uncles, he was drafted in the first round by the [Atlanta] Falcons back in the 70s. So, football is in my blood. It definitely drove my passion. It wasn’t the determining factor in me playing the sport when I was young, but it definitely helps to come from a football family. It’s just given me a lot of insight, you know. I have a lot of resources, a lot of family that have played that have given me knowledge over the years, just how to play the game and the right way to approach it.” On going to football games as a kid: “No, I mean we went to games every year with my uncle, Tavita Pritchard. He used to play quarterback at Stanford. We used to go to his games every year, but, I mean, that’s just football. I’ve watched it since I was young with my dad – NFL, college. We used to watch tape, watch his old games. So, football is in me.” On when he thought he had a shot of getting drafted: “It wasn’t really until towards the middle of my college career. I went into college just trying to be the best collegiate player, best teammate that I could be for the San Diego State Aztecs and also get my degree. But it was after my Sophomore season – my redshirt Sophomore season, I got my accolades, first-team all non-West. I think it was really at that point, my dreams kind of started to look more like a reality with more reach. It was always a dream of mine since I was a kid. Obviously, all kids playing football growing up want to go play in the National Football League, but I think it was probably towards the middle of my college career that I really saw that it was in arms reach and I could really go out and get it.” On if there was a particular game that showed him that: “I think it was just my consistent play. I was going out there and I was beating the competition week-in and week-out. I was showing signs of professional level play and ability that could put me in a position to compete for a starting job and starting at the next level. I was just doing things ‒ my body was developing, my mental approach to the game was developing. Then, I saw that I could really turn this into something special and into a career and be professional.” On if he sees himself as a center or guard: “I think I have the ability to play both. I played all three interiors [positions] at San Diego State. My offensive line coach, [San Diego State Offensive Line] Coach [Mike] Schmidt, he put a lot of responsibility on me to lead the line. Wherever he needed me week-in and week-out, I was ready to play. He rotated me in over my years at right guard and at center, so I feel comfortable playing all positions. Wherever they need me, I’m willing to put the work in to contribute.” On what his draft party was like: “It was a small gathering. We tried to adhere to the rules with the pandemic going on today. We want to keep people safe. I come from a really big family on my dad’s side and on my mom’s side, and I have a lot of close friends. A lot of people wanted to be here, but we tried to keep it safe and play our part in fighting this pandemic, so I kept it really close. My agents are here, my mom, my dad, my close and immediate family and best friends came down from the Bay area. They’re down here. Beautiful day out, beautiful weather. God came through and blessed me with this opportunity, so I’m just really happy right now.” On whether it was tough to turn people away from his draft party: “It was. It was definitely tough because I’m really close with a lot of people. I have a lot of good people in my life that have supported me and loved me through this entire process, starting in high school all the way through college and even before that. There are a lot of people that wanted to be a part of this day. Obviously, a lot of people couldn’t make it like I said because of the virus. But those that felt comfortable that we extended the invite, came and showed their love and support.” On how big his dad’s family is: “My dad’s family? I couldn’t even put a number on it. We span across multiple states. Like I said, in L.A. I’m from the Bay Area – there are hundreds of us up there – Seattle-area, Portland-area, Las Vegas, American Samoa – so they go back all the way to the islands. I have a huge family and I’ll probably be hearing from a large majority that are going to come in the next day or so.” On what it was like to finally hear his name called: “I’m at a loss for words. It’s a dream come true. Heart dropped a little bit, some tears were shed, but out of happiness, pure joy. This has been a goal of mine since I was a kid. So for it to finally come into fruition, I couldn’t be happier. Another person I want to thank besides my parents is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He guided me and he brought me along this path, stood by my side when I felt down and lifted me up. I just want to thank him and give him all the glory and praise.” LB Khaleke Hudson On how he views himself as a player: “I see myself doing the same thing in college in the NFL, being lined up in the linebacker area at times and also being lined up at defensive safety. They just told me that I’m a real versatile player. They’re going to use me in many ways. That’s like music to my ears, and I can’t wait to get there and show them what I can do.” On his ability to block punts: “Yes sir. I just give a lot of props to my special teams coaches. They put me in a great position to be able to utilize my strengths to be able to block punts, even just disrupt the punter and have me shake the punts. I just give a lot of credit to my coaches and my teammates. They helped me get there, helped me get as best as I can on special teams, utilize my skills.” On playing with DE Chase Young: “I feel like young guys, big guys on the front, just make it easier for me. My job is to make it easier for them and for the secondary guys. I just can’t wait to get there and play with those guys, man. It’s just a dream come true for me. I just can’t wait to get there.” On what his draft party was like: “I just had some of my family members, some of my friends with me. I rented out a little house and stuff so we’re just here, just celebrating and stuff. It’s only a couple of us. But the way they scream, it sounds like there’s like a hundred people. So, I’m just happy now I was able to celebrate with my family and friends and they were able to take in the moment with me because that’s what matters the most.” On whether it was a long wait for him: “No, I just went about it as I would go to the right place, the right team is going to get me. I feel like that happened because I know [Running Back Derrius] Guice. Like I said, I really just can’t wait to get there.” On how many people he had at his draft party: “I don’t know, I’d say roughly 10-15 people. I don’t know.” On how comfortable he is in coverage: “I’m really comfortable in coverage. I did it a lot at Michigan. I’m comfortable playing deep safety. I’m comfortable just being on the field and being a difference-maker. I’m comfortable making plays, I feel like that’s what I do. I feel like sometimes you get caught up in what a guy who doesn’t have a true position. Sometimes that really doesn’t matter because once he’s on the field he’s a playmaker and that’s how I see myself. I’m just a playmaker every time I’m out there, and I’m going to do whatever I can, put the team on my back if I’ve got to if it’s going to help my team come out with the win.” S Kamren Curl On what he believes he will bring to the team: “I would say I don’t know who exactly I model after. I just like to play fast around the ball. I’ve got a good football IQ. I learn defenses really fast. I like taking the ball away, being the fastest guy on the defense and going for the ball.” On how he views his position: “Yeah, I feel like I’m one of the versatile safeties that can play corner, so I came here and started as a freshman in the SEC at corner. I feel like I am versatile, I can play both.” On how playing cornerback has helped him at safety: “I feel like it helped my coverage skills a lot, being on the island one-on-one. It helped me to be able to sell myself because I’m one of the more versatile DBs [defensive backs] in the draft.” On communicating with the Redskins: “[Head] Coach [Ron] Rivera called me. He was just telling me he was happy to have me. I was telling him I was excited to come put the work in. He didn’t really tell me what to expect, really. I’m just ready to get the work in and help the team as much as I can.” On what he did to celebrate the draft: “It was just my family. We just chilled, watching the draft. I tweeted because I had players I wanted to see drafted. So, we were just chilling hoping to see my name called and we did.” On if he would have wanted a bigger party: “No, it didn’t matter what was going on, really. I didn’t want anything big, I just wanted it to be my family.” On if had talked to the Redskins leading up to the draft: “I talked to the special teams coordinator [Nate Kaczor] at the Combine and the DBs coach a little bit at the Combine. It wasn’t that much, but we had some conversations, so I knew they had interest in me.” On working alongside S Landon Collins: “It’s going to be crazy; it’s going to be surreal. I was watching highlights since he was at Alabama and when he was with the [New York] Giants. I’ve been watching highlights really my whole life, so it’s going to be pretty surreal.” On his interaction with Mississippi State cheerleaders: “That was just a little misunderstanding. They asked for a picture. I just wanted to take a picture with them, but it doesn’t have nothing to do with the on the field stuff.” On whether he’s proud of any game in particular from his 2019 seasons: “I want to say the LSU game. I had a pretty good pass breakup. I had a forced fumble in that game and a fumble recovery. I feel like I held my own against the number one team, the national champions, so I feel like I’m very proud of that game.” DE James Smith-Williams On how he views himself as a player: “So, definitely a traditional 4-3 defensive end. I was a little out of position last year in college with the head-up technique. But now I’ll be back to the edges, so I’m excited for that.” On how his positions in college fit him: “For me, it gives me a chance to attack. I’m a guy used to getting up the field, using my speed on tackles, speed-to-power hand usage, stuff like that. Just giving me a chance to attack the edge, be head-up, taking on a lot more double teams to kind of beat you up a little bit more.” On what led him to stick with football after completing a prestigious internship with IBM: “Yeah, I mean I just love it. I think that’s the easiest explanation I can give you. I just really love playing football. I love the competitiveness of it. Obviously, I’m thankful for IBM and what they offered me off the field, in that regard. My true love is football, so it’s a blessing to be able to keep playing.” On what his focus is for training camp: “So, I’d say the biggest thing is just being in shape with everything going on right now, the craziness. So without a doubt, I just look forward to competing. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I know there are a lot of talented guys, a lot of great athletes, so it’s exciting to throw my name in that mix. We’ll hopefully win some games, a lot of games.” On what stands out about his game: “In terms of on the field? Pass rushing and definitely setting edges is something I do well at.” On whether his college injury changed him in any way: “You know, I had the one major ankle surgery in 2016. For me, it just allowed me to get the appreciation for the game. You kind of understand taking care of your body and what that entails.”
  8. For Immediate Release April 25, 2020 REDSKINS SELECT EIGHT PLAYERS IN 2020 NFL DRAFT LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins finalized their 2020 NFL Draft class on Saturday, selecting six players on Day 3. The team’s 2020 draft class is as follows: ROUND (PICK) PLAYER SCHOOL 1 (2) DE Chase Young Ohio State 3 (66) RB Antonio Gibson Memphis 4 (108) T Saahdiq Charles LSU 4 (142) * WR Antonio Gandy-Golden Liberty 5 (156) 1 C Keith Ismael San Diego State 5 (162) 2 LB Khaleke Hudson Michigan 7 (216) S Kamren Curl Arkansas 7 (229) 3 DE James Smith Williams North Carolina State 1 From San Francisco 2 From Seattle 3 From Denver *Compensatory Pick NOTES ON THE REDSKINS’ OVERALL DRAFT Dating back to 2011, the Redskins have now selected at least eight players in 10 consecutive drafts for the first time since the league adopted the seven-round format in 1994. The Redskins completed the 2020 NFL Draft without making a selection in the second round. It is the 10th time since the seventh-round draft format was established the Redskins did not make a selection in the second round. The Redskins acquired three of their selections via trades. They acquired the No. 156 selection from San Francisco in exchange for T Trent Williams. They acquired the No. 162 selection from Seattle in exchange for CB Quinton Dunbar and they acquired the No. 229 selection from Denver in the 2019 trade for QB Case Keenum. The Redskins also acquired a 2021 third round pick from the San Francisco 49ers in the deal for T Trent Williams. The Redskins have selected at least three players with picks acquired via trade in each of the last seven drafts. Of the Redskins eight selections, three were made with picks acquired by trade, including one draft-day trade with San Francisco (C Keith Ismael). The Redskins selected WR Anthony Gandy-Golden using a compensatory pick. This is the second year in a row that the Redskins had a compensatory selection. Last season the Redskins used compensatory selections on LB Cole Holcomb, WR Kelvin Harmon and DE Jordan Brailford. Prior to the 2019 compensatory picks they were the first selections using a compensatory pick since the organization drafted NT Chris Neild with a compensatory pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. This is the second consecutive draft that the Redskins have picked four offensive players in a row (2020: RB Antonio Gibson, T Saahdiq Charles, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden and C Keith Ismael; 2019: WR Terry McLaurin, RB Bryce Love, G Wes Martin and C Ross Pierschbacher). Prior to that, the last time the Redskins selected four consecutive offensive players in the same draft was 2008 (WR Devin Thomas, TE Fred Davis, WR Malcolm Kelly and T Chad Rinehart). It is the first time that the Redskins selected an edge rusher with their first pick since selecting Ryan Kerrigan No. 16 overall in 2011. It was the first time since 2012 that the Redskins had a selection in the top 3 in the first round. The Redskins drafted players from Ohio State with their first pick in consecutive seasons marking the third time in franchise history that the team has drafted players out of the same school with their first pick in back-to-back draft. The other two instances were DT Daron Payne (2018 Alabama) and DT Jonathan Allen (2017 Alabama), FB Leon Heath (1951 Oklahoma) and HB George Thomas (1950 Oklahoma), The Redskins selected four defensive players and have now picked at least four defensive players in six consecutive drafts for the first time since 1989-93, when the draft consisted of 12 rounds. Five of the 10 members of the Redskins’ draft class played at schools in “Power Five” conferences. The Redskins selected two players from the Big Ten, two players from the Southeastern Conference and one player each from the Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF CHASE YOUNG Young is the 485th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 32nd first-round selection in that time frame. He is the 63rd first-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. Young’s selection marks the fourth straight year in which the Redskins have selected a defensive player with a first-round pick in the draft joining Montez Sweat (No. 26 overall in 2019), Jonathan Allen (No. 17 overall in 2017) and Daron Payne (No. 13 overall in 2018). This is the first time in team history the Redskins selected defensive players with a first-round pick selection in four consecutive drafts. Young is the 11th defensive player selected by the Redskins in the first round since 1999, joining CB Champ Bailey (1999), LB LaVar Arrington (2000), S Sean Taylor (2004), CB Carlos Rogers (2005), S LaRon Landry (2007), DE/LB Brian Orakpo (2009), LB Ryan Kerrigan (2011), DL Jonathan Allen (2017), DT Daron Payne (2018) and DE Montez Sweat (2019). Seven of the 10 defensive players selected by the Redskins in the first round in that time frame have earned at least one Pro Bowl selection during their career. Young’s selection marks the eighth time in the Common Draft era that the Redskins have selected a defensive lineman in the first round, joining Montez Sweat (2019), Daron Payne (2018), Jonathan Allen (2017), Ryan Kerrigan (2011), Brian Orakpo (2009, transitioned to linebacker in 2010), Kenard Lang (1997) and Bobby Wilson (1991). The Redskins also selected Tracy Rocker (1989, third round), Markus Koch (1986, second round), Bob Slater (1984, second round), Duncan McColl (1977, fourth round) and Bill Brundige (1970, second round) with the team’s first selections of each of the drafts listed. With the selections of Young, Sweat, Payne and Allen, the Redskins have now used first-round selections on defensive linemen in four consecutive drafts for the first time in the Common Draft era. Young is the 19th Ohio State product selected by the Redskins all-time, joining C Steve Andrako (1940), E Cy Souders (1945), B Vic Janowicz (1952), T Julius Wittman (1952), G George Rosso (1954), T Fran Machinsky (1956), T George Tolford (1961), G Mike Ingram (1961), B Dave Francis (1963), G Rod Foster (1963), FB Tom Barrington (1966), E Ron Sepic (1967), RB Rich Galbos (1973), T Henry Brown (1988), G Tim Moxley (1990), WR Evan Spencer (2015), QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. (2019) and WR Terry McLaurin (2019). Young’s selection marks the third time the franchise has drafted a player with the No. 2 overall pick in the Common Draft Era. The other two selections were LaVar Arrington (2000) and Robert Griffin III (2012). Young is the 19th player the Redskins have selected out of Ohio State. Ohio State has now produced the sixth-most draft selections in Redskins history, trailing only Notre Dame (34), USC (30), Alabama (26), Penn State (22) and Nebraska (20). In 2019, Young ranked No. 1 in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.91), No. 1 in sacks (16.5) and sacks per game (1.50), No. 2 in forced fumbles (six) and No. 4 in total tackles for loss (21.0). Young joined Mike Vrabel as the only player in Ohio State history to post consecutive seasons with 10-plus sacks. Young was named the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten last season. Young holds the Ohio State single-season sack record with 16.5 in 2019. Young is No. 2 in school history in total sacks (30.5), trailing Mike Vrabel (36.0). Young played in only three seasons compared to Vrabel’s four. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF ANTONIO GIBSON Gibson is the 486th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 37th third-round selection in that time frame. He is the 67th third-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. Gibson becomes the first offensive player to be selected by the Redskins in the 2020 NFL Draft. Gibson is the fifth player drafted by the Redskins from the University of Memphis, joining RB Richard Williams (1983), DE Carl Taylor (1975), RB Danny Pierce (1970) and DT Will Renfroe (1954) Dating back to 2011, the Redskins have now selected a running back in 10 consecutive drafts, passing the team’s previous high of drafting a running back in nine consecutive drafts from 1983-91. · Gibson is the fourth player in franchise history selected with the No. 66 pick, joining T Morgan Moses (2014), DT Tracy Rocker (1989) and RB Mike Oliphant (1988). · Gibson becomes the third running back produced by Memphis selected by the Redskins in franchise history joining Richard Williams (1983) and Danny Pierce (1970). He would be the first wide receiver selected from Memphis. The selection of Gibson marks the second-highest draft pick from Memphis, trailing only RB Richard Williams (No. 56 in 1983). Gibson was Memphis’ sixth winner of The American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year honor in the conference’s first seven seasons, joining punter Tom Hornsey (2013), kicker Jake Elliott (2014-15) and return specialist Tony Pollard (2016-17). Gibson finished No. 5 in school history for all purpose yards in a single-season with 1,749 yards. Gibson did not record a fumble in his college career and he averaged 19.3 yards per reception. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF SAAHDIQ CHARLES · Charles is the 487th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 47th fourth-round selection in the time frame. He is the 52nd fourth-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. · Charles is the 13th LSU product selected by the Redskins all-time, joining E Charlie Webb (1946), B Red Knight (1947), E Charlie Webb (1947), B Dan Sandifer (1948), T Ray Potter (1952), B Vince Gonzales (1956), E Billy Shoemake (1959), RB Bob Brunet (1968), TE Robert Royal (2002), S LaRon Landry (2007), LB Perry Riley (2010) and RB Derrius Guice (2018). · Charles is the first Redskin ever selected with the No. 108 overall selection. · Charles is the first offensive tackle selected by the Redskins since Geron Christian (2018). · Charles is the first offensive tackle selected by the Redskins in the fourth round in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and is the first offensive tackle selected in the fourth round all-time since Fran Machisky out of Ohio State in 1956. · Charles was part of a unit that was named the 2019 Joe Moore Award Winner given to the nation’s top offensive line. · Charles appeared in 32 games with 28 starts in three seasons was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2017. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF ANTONIO GANDY-GOLDEN · Gandy-Golden is the 488th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 48th fourth-round selection in the time frame. He is the 53nd fourth-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. · Gandy-Golden is the first ever Liberty product drafted by the Washington Redskins. · Gandy-Golden joins WR Ryan Grant (2014) as the second player in Redskins history drafted with the No. 142 overall selection. · Gandy-Golden is the third consecutive offensive player selected by the Redskins after drafting DE Chase Young No. 2 overall. · With the selection of Gandy-Golden, the Redskins have now drafted a wide receiver in seven consecutive drafts dating back to 2014, which is the longest such streak since 1994-2003. · Gandy-Golden is the first wide receiver drafted by Washington in the fourth round since Jamison Crowder in 2015 (No. 105 overall). · Gandy-Golden appeared in 13 games last season and registered 79 receptions for 1,396 yards (17.7 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. · Gandy-Golden finished his career appearing in 45 games with 240 receptions for 3,814 yards and 33 touchdowns. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF KEITH ISMAEL · Ismael is the 489th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 52nd fifth-round selection in the time frame. He is the 77th fifth-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. · Ismael is the eighth player drafted by the Redskins out of San Diego State University, joining WR DeAndre Maxwell (1996), TE Ray Rowe (1992), DB Harold Hicks (1988), P Wayne Ross (1988), DB Tory Nixon (1985), DB Vernon Dean (1982) and TE Don Warren (1978). · Ismael joins G Jim Huddleston (1986) and T George Watts (1942) as the third player in Redskins history drafted with the No. 156 overall selection. · Ismael is the fourth consecutive offensive player selected by the Redskins after drafting DE Chase Young No. 2 overall. · Ismael becomes the sixth center selected by the Redskins in the fifth round joining Dave Price (1938), George Bujan (1945), Greg Huntington (1993), Mark Fischer (1998) and Ross Pierschbacher (2019). · Ismael appeared in 38 career games. · Ismael is a 2019 Pro Football Focus Third-Team All-American and two-time First Team All-Mountain (2018-19). · Ismael was a two-time SDSU Offensive Lineman of the Year (2018-19). NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF KHALEKE HUDSON · Hudson is the 490th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 53rd fifth-round selection in the time frame. He is the 78th fifth-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. · Hudson is the 17th player drafted by the Redskins out of the University of Michigan. Michigan now ranks No. 9 all-time in total players drafted in Redskins franchise history. · Hudson joins DE Brandon Jenkins (2013), G Brad Badger (1997), C Bob Caldwell (1963), E Jack Farls (1958) and C Clay Davis (1950) as the sixth player in Redskins history drafted with the No. 162 overall selection. · Hudson is the second defensive player selected by the Redskins joining DE Chase Young No. 2 overall. · Hudson becomes the ninth linebacker selected by the Redskins in the fifth round joining Cole Holcomb (2019), Martell Spaight (2015), Cody Glenn (2009), Dallas Sartz (2007), Robert McCune (2005), Twan Russell (1997), Ravin Caldwell (1986) and Jeff Pegues (1984). · With the selection of Hudson, the Redskins have now taken a linebacker in seven consecutive drafts, the longest such streak since a nine-year streak from 1978-86. · It is the first time in franchise history that the Redskins have selected a linebacker in the fifth round in consecutive drafts. · Hudson appeared in 52 games with 37 starts and registered 237 tackles (111 solo), including 26 for loss, 12.0 sacks, two interceptions, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. · Hudson was a three-time All Big Ten Honoree. · Hudson was a Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Semifinalist. · Hudson holds a Michigan single game record and tied an NCAA record for total tackles for loss in a single game when he registered eight against Minnesota in 2017. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF KAMREN CURL · Curl is the 491st selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 65th seventh-round selection in the time frame. He is the 96th seventh-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. · Curl is the seventh player drafted by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) out of the University of Arkansas, joining TE Jeremy Sprinkle (2017), LB Martell Speight (2015), CB Tevin Mitchell (2015), K Zach Hocker (2014), LB Raven Caldwell (1986) and LB Jeff Goff (1982) · Curl joins TE Tyler Ecker (2007) and DT Delbert Cowsette (2000) as the third player in Redskins history drafted with the No. 216 overall selection. · Curl is the third defensive player selected by the Redskins joining DE Chase Young (No. 2 overall) and LB Khaleke Hudson (No. 162). · Curl is the first safety drafted by the Redskins since Troy Apke in 2018. · Curl appeared in 34 games with 33 starts and registered 175 tackles (105 solo), two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two tackles for loss. · Curl was an SEC Preseason Third Team selection. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF JAMES SMITH-WASHINGTON · Smith-Washington is the 492nd selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 66th seventh-round selection in the time frame. He is the 97th seventh-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. · Smith-Washington is the eighth player from North Carolina State selected by the Redskins all-time, joining E Dom Mac Cara (1937), B Jim O’Rourke (1952), B Alex Webster (1953), T Darrell Dess (1958), G John Lawrence (1960), DB Lloyd Harrison (2000), CB David Amerson (2013) and WR Kelvin Harmon (2019). · Smith-Washington joins C Erik Cook (2010) as the second player in Redskins history drafted with the No. 229 overall selection. · Smith-Washington is the fourth defensive player selected by the Redskins joining DE Chase Young (No. 2 overall), LB Khaleke Hudson (No. 162) and S Kamren Curl (No. 216). · Smith-Washington appeared in 43 games with 18 starts and registered 87 tackles (40 solo), including 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks and four passes defensed. · Smith-Washington was named to the prestigious AFCA All State Good Works Team for 2019 for his community service efforts · Smith-Washington was a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Man of the Year Award. PRONUNCIATION GUIDE SAAHDIQ CHARLES: "SUH-Deek" KEITH ISMAEL: "Iz-MALE" KHALEKE HUDSON: "KUH-leak" -REDSKINS-
  9. Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden Could go here or maybe in the 5th. He's another WR they're big on
  10. Absolute steal in the 4th. If he didn't have all the off field issues, he'd have been a first rounder.
  11. For Immediate Release April 24, 2020 REDSKINS DRAFT RB ANTONIO GIBSON ON DAY 2 OF 2020 NFL DRAFT LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins selected running back Antonio Gibson in the third round (No. 66 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. Gibson (6-2, 220) played in 28 games and made 11 starts with Memphis and appeared at both running back and wide receiver. For his career, he has registered 44 receptions for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gibson also rushed for 369 yards on 33 carries (11.2 avg.). He finished his career with 1,850 all-purpose yards (369 rush/834 receiving/647 return). Gibson was selected the 2019 American Athletic Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also a 2019 All-American Athletic Conference first team selection as a kick return specialist and was a 2019 All-American Athletic Conference second team selection as a wide receiver. Gibson was also only the fourth player in American Athletic Conference history to receive all-league honors at two positions. In his senior season in 2019, Gibson saw action in all 14 games making 11 starts. He ranked top three in the team in rushing yards (369), receiving yards (735), kick return yards (645), all purpose yards (1,749) and points scored (78). He had seven games with 100-plus all-purpose yards and posted a school-record for all purpose yards in a single game with 386 yards in a win over SMU. Gibson, 21, attended Eagles Landing H.S. in McDonough, Ga. where he named the Henry Herald Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. He was born June 23, 1998. NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF ANTONIO GIBSON Gibson is the 486th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 37th third-round selection in that time frame. He is the 67th third-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936. Gibson becomes the first offensive player to be selected by the Redskins in the 2020 NFL Draft. Gibson is the fifth player drafted by the Redskins from the University of Memphis, joining RB Richard Williams (1983), DE Carl Taylor (1975), RB Danny Pierce (1970) and DT Will Renfroe (1954) Dating back to 2011, the Redskins have now selected a running back in 10 consecutive drafts, passing the team’s previous high of drafting a running back in nine consecutive drafts from 1983-91. Gibson is the fourth player in franchise history selected with the No. 66 pick, joining T Morgan Moses (2014), DT Tracy Rocker (1989) and RB Mike Oliphant (1988). Gibson becomes the third running back produced by Memphis selected by the Redskins in franchise history joining Richard Williams (1983) and Danny Pierce (1970). He would be the first wide receiver selected from Memphis. The selection of Gibson marks the second-highest draft pick from Memphis, trailing only RB Richard Williams (No. 56 in 1983). Gibson was Memphis’ sixth winner of The American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year honor in the conference’s first seven seasons, joining punter Tom Hornsey (2013), kicker Jake Elliott (2014-15) and return specialist Tony Pollard (2016-17). Gibson finished No. 5 in school history for all purpose yards in a single-season with 1,749 yards. Gibson did not record a fumble in his college career and he averaged 19.3 yards per reception.
  12. April 24, 2020 Head Coach Ron Rivera and Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith On not trading T Trent Williams tonight: RR: “We’ll just wait and see. At the end of the day, there’s no rush, there’s no hurry. We have opportunities and we’ll just continue to keep working on it. We’ll have to wait and see. We’re not going to speculate on something that’s an ongoing process right now, guys.” On drafting RB Antonio Gibson: KS: “Yeah, no, he’s an exciting prospect. We’re excited about this kid, man. He’s a swiss army knife, obviously was playing a little bit of wide receiver and running back at Memphis. He’s a return specialist, he’s got good hands, he’s 228 pounds, he runs fast, he plays fast, he’s got physicality to him. We really viewed him – where the excitement came – not only from the tape, in the background, in the character, how he’s wired. Also, speaking with [Offensive Coordinator] Coach [Scott] Turner and how he’s going to utilize him along with the other backs. You know, it’s not just like a normal running back that you’re like, ‘okay, here’s his skillset.’ You can put him on the field with [RB] Adrian Peterson, with [RB] Derrius Guice, with [RB] J.D. McKissick. You can use this guy in a lot of different ways, so it opens up a lot of different options for our offense.” On the options for picks tonight: KS: “Yeah, we had a nice cluster, and [Head] Coach [Ron Rivera] and I had a good conversation about a bunch of the guys that were there that we were willing to take. At the end of the day, it wasn’t one position that we were looking. It was actually multiple positions. We talked about how this guy fits, and we felt really good about making the pick.” On discovering Gibson: RR: “Well, I know he was a guy that was brought to our attention because they were moving him around in the Senior Bowl, and [Vice President of Player Personnel] Kyle [Smith] and his guys kept pointing him out. So, we started really diving into who he is and what he does and what he’s capable of with the multi-faceted offense style of offense we use. You know, Scott Turner really feels that this is a guy that can come in and be a very versatile player for us. Plus, he has special teams value. He’s a very good fit, we believe, into what we do and how we want to do things.” On comparing Gibson to Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey: RR: “No, that’s fair. He’s a little bit bigger than Christian, but he’s got a skillset like Christian. He’s shown some position flexibility playing in the slot, then he shows position flexibility playing in the backfield. Ran some wildcat with him behind the center taking direct snaps. This is a very versatile, young football player that we really think is going to be a guy that can get on the field for us early and contribute.” On how Gibson fits with the surrounding offensive talent currently on the roster: RR: “Oh, very much so. He’s a guy that, again, you can look for matchups, you can create matchups and you’re not necessarily always putting the ball in his hands. They have to honor him wherever he’s aligned. It is going to open up things for his teammates, whether they be wide receivers, tight ends or other running backs. This is a guy that is really, as Kyle said, he’s a little bit of a swiss army knife. We’re kind of excited about what his impact can be for us.” On balancing their drafting approach: KS: “Yeah, it’s like you said really. That’s kind of how our board is set up. On the X and Y axes across the board, you start looking horizontally at the different positions and where the guys are graded. Obviously if it’s close, if it’s like this and you have a need, then you usually go towards the need. But we’re not going into it saying we want X, Y, Z tomorrow or maybe even today if we can get back in. We’ll just go through it and let the board kind of speak to us that way.” On the expectations for Gibson this season: RR: “I think to be able to contribute, whether he plays a situational role for us, specific packages. I also do think he can make an impact on our special teams. So, I’m excited about the young man’s ability to come in and help this football team from the beginning.” On what it would take to consider moving back into the third round: KS: “Well number one, it’s who’s there. Number two is how much it’s going to cost to get up – do we have the ammo to get up in those conversations there? As the picks keep coming, we’re obviously monitoring it. We’ll see if there’s a player there that we’re excited about. Maybe make some calls and see what it’s going to take to go up, but we’re constantly doing that. We’re doing that before our pick and that’s what we’ll continue to do moving forward.” On how much Gibson’s special teams experience played into the selection: RR: “Well, it was most certainly a consideration. It was talked about. [Special Teams Coordinator] Nate Kaczor really likes him. He thinks that this is a guy that can come in and contribute from the beginning on special teams. He’s also had some play time as a gunner, as a cover guy, so this guy is going to get on the field for us early. We’re excited for who he can be for us as a football player.” On RB Bryce Love’s status at this point in the offseason: RR: “Bryce is still going through his rehab process, and we’ll get into that once we start getting ready to report, whenever that is. But he is going through his rehab program right now, and he’s progressing daily. That’s pretty much it. That’s kind of all I get. I don’t get to go out and see him because it’s restricted in terms of who’s allowed to be there and working out with our trainers.” RB Antonio Gibson On whether he thought the Redskins were a possibility for him: “I mean, I think I was clueless to everybody because I was just so far out there. I had a once-a-year production. It was good. I did good at the Combine, so I was getting a lot of interest for what I was capable of. It was all out there. I was getting a lot of phone calls, but it kind of shocked me when the Redskins called me.” On how he views himself as a player and what he can bring to the Redskins: “I view myself as a weapon. I’ve been playing running back and receiver my whole life. But not just that, I’ve been playing all over the ball. Offense is something that I’m very talented at. It’s always been like that since a young age, and I feel like I can dominate wherever they put me. So, you know, if they’ve got somebody in the backfield, I feel like I can help out at receiver. If they’ve got too many outside, I feel like I can hop back behind the center, behind the quarterback, and gunner – wherever you need help out there. Also, I could make a big impact on special teams, so I feel like I can be a weapon wherever. Just being that gadget guy – wherever they need me, I’m willing to go.” On being compared to Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey: “Definitely, I would definitely like to compare myself to him because he’s exactly like what I want to do. I want to be in the backfield, but also I want to play the game in the receiving game. I feel like he’s tremendous doing that, and that’s what I want to bring to the team. My ability to catch effectively and make plays happen and also be able to run and be able to protect the quarterback – just an all-around team player and an all-around back.” On his pre-draft process: “With the things I did, it was just all about being open-minded. You know, you had some teams – well, not even – but you had a few teams who wanted me to play receiver. It’s about being open. Wherever helps best for the team, that’s what I was going to do. If the Redskins want me to be a running back, I’m going to do it. If they want me at receiver, I’m going to do it. If they want me at special teams, I’m going to do it. So, it’s just all about being open-minded and being able to adapt, and that’s what I feel like I’m really good at. On what his draft night was like considering the pandemic’s social distancing restrictions: “It was interesting just having a select few people that are very important to me around. I think we had just under the limit – I think we had about nine people here. It still felt good. It would’ve felt good to walk across if I even went to the draft, but it felt good to me. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so I enjoyed it.” On who was with him on draft night: “Mom, sister, girlfriend, friends.” On how he’s managed a unique pre-draft experience: “Like I said, it’s the same thing with adapting, just being able to take things in and try to make them as easy as possible for me. I started getting phone calls from all over the place and none of them were really saying anything drafting me, so just being able to answer every call and if I didn’t then getting back to them quick, replying quick and being respectful. So, it was kind of stressful, but once I kind of got a hold on things, in a routine, it went pretty smooth.” On where he feels he excels the most as a receiver or as a running back: “As a receiver, I kind of like getting in space – you know, a post, a corner, anything like that, kind of taking the top off. For a running back – also the same thing, I like getting in space being able to make one person miss and getting vertical – so probably like a pitch or an outside zone. Those are some of my favorite things to do.” On what he wants to improve on entering his rookie season: “Just looking to get better wherever that is and wherever they need me at. And also, just looking to get myself on the roster. That’s the main goal for me. If that’s special teams where I get in first, then that’s what I’m going to do and what I’m going to focus on. If it’s helping out in the backfield, I feel like I can learn a lot from [RB] Adrian Peterson and also [RB Derrius] Guice. It’s looking really good for me, especially with the people in front of me.”