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

Peter Hailey
·2 min read

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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Minutes after trading Trent Williams, the Redskins draft left tackle Saahdiq Charles originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington