Just moments after the Redskins traded Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers, Washington potentially found the left tackle's replacement in LSU's Saahdiq Charles.
While Charles will not have the opportunity to be teammates with Williams in Washington, the newest Redskins draft pick is quite familiar with the seven-time Pro Bowler's playing style.
"Growing up as an offensive lineman, I watched Trent's film millions of times," Charles said on a conference call with local media. "I have a lot of respect for his game."
Williams (6-foot-5, 318 lbs.) has a slightly bigger frame than Charles (6-foot-4, 295 lbs.). Still, some NFL Draft experts viewed Charles as a top 5 tackle in this class. Some believe the reason for his slip was due to a six-game suspension as a junior for failing a drug test.
After returning from suspension in October, Charles started all nine games for the Tigers at left tackle en route to a National Championship. The Redskins had interviewed Charles during the pre-draft process, and head coach Ron Rivera reportedly reached out to LSU head coach Ed Orgeron earlier this week.
Charles, who decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, is one of the youngest players in this year's class, as he doesn't turn 21 until July 6th. In Washington, he'll likely compete with Cornelius Lucas and Geron Christian for the starting left tackle role with Williams no longer in the picture.
"They traded [Williams] and picked me, it just shows what they might have in mind for me," Charles said. "I'm gonna come in there [work hard] and do my thing."
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