Washington Redskins have successful weekend, draft eight players, including #2 overall Chase Young

Ron Rivera’s first draft class with the Redskins is heading in the right direction for his program

CORRECTS LOCATION OF YOUNG TO SEATED IN CENTER, INSTEAD OF AT RIGHT - In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Chase Young, seated in center, talks on his cellphone during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. Young was drafted second by the Washington Redskins. (NFL via AP)
CORRECTS LOCATION OF YOUNG TO SEATED IN CENTER, INSTEAD OF AT RIGHT - In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Chase Young, seated in center, talks on his cellphone during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. Young was drafted second by the Washington Redskins. (NFL via AP)

LANDOVER, Md. – The first pick of the weekend started with Ohio State’s Chase Young, who was drafted 2nd overall.

“If we can create that type of immediate disruption, it’s going to help the back seven,” Rivera said. “I believe we’ve taken the guy that will impact not just his position group, not just the linebackers, not just the [defensive backs], but I think the entire football team.”

Next, the Washington Redskins selected Antonio Gibson in the third round (No. 66 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Gibson (6-0, 228 pounds) played two seasons at East Central Community College before transferring to the University of Memphis in 2018. He caught 44 passes for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Tigers while averaging 19 yards per catch. He had 50 receptions for 871 yards at 13 touchdowns at East Central.

In the fourth round, the Washington Redskins selected Saahdiq Charles (No. 108 overall).

Charles (6-foot-4, 321 pounds) grew up in New Orleans before settling in Mississippi following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Charles committed to LSU and immediately appeared in 13 games (nine starts), including seven at left tackle, en route to earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors. After a sophomore season during which he started 10 games at left tackle, Charles was a part of an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s best unit in 2019.

Then, the Washington Redskins selected wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden in the fourth round (No. 142 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Gandy-Golden (6-foot-4, 223 pounds) grew up in Dallas, Georgia, and played at Paulding County High School where he had 119 receptions for 1,974 yards and nine touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons. Gandy-Golden immediately became an important piece of the Flames’ offense with 21 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Over the next three seasons, Gandy-Golden had at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his senior season third among FBS receivers in receptions (79) and yards (1,396).