Goal number one for the Redskins this offseason: provide Dwayne Haskins with pieces that he needs to succeed. While another top-notch receiver would certainly be beneficial, I would think the true priority for Washington is to get a shiny new left tackle to protect their young quarterback.
Andrew Thomas is the top offensive line prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. Like Young on the other side of the ball, Thomas has a tremendous blend of power and speed for a tackle. He is agile as a pass blocker, sliding his feet and staying in front of the speedy pass rushers in the SEC. Where he really excels is in the run game, imposing his will on opposing defenders to open holes for his backs.
Despite their disappointing showing against LSU in the SEC Championship Game, Georgia has been a very solid offense all season long. They boast one of the best run games in the nation and allow very few sacks. Thomas is instrumental in both facets.
Washington has a talented young core on offense. With Haskins, his former Buckeye teammate, receiver Terry McLaurin and running back Derrius Guice, the Skins offense has a lot of potential already. Haskins will need to develop, McLaurin needs to find a bit more consistently and Guice has to stay healthy. But if they want to see that offense progress, Haskins will need time in the pocket and confidence in his offensive line in order to grow as a passer and leader.
Trent Williams is long gone this offseason, so the Redskins will need to find a long term replacement to protect Haskins’ blindside. I don’t see a prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft that is a better bet to fill those shoes than Andrew Thomas.