NFL.com projects Redskins to snag sleeper wide receiver in third round

Michael Pittman, Redskins, NFL Draft
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The Washington Redskins are headed in the right direction following their decision to hire Ron Rivera as their new head coach. Rivera is the kind of coach that can rebuild a struggling franchise into a contender. A lot of their future success will hinge on the decisions they make right now.

NFL.com has them making a very strong third-round selection this year. Michael Pittman is one of the biggest sleeper wide receivers in this draft class and the Redskins are projected to take him in the third round of NFL.com’s latest mock draft.

Pittman stands in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, giving him elite size. Washington could use another weapon alongside young wide receiver Terry McLaurin. He could certainly provide that weapon for the Redskins.

Washington has been rumored to have interest in taking Alabama standout quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 2 overall pick. They also could take Ohio State star pass rusher Chase Young. Either way, the future is looking bright for them.

Dwayne Haskins is projected to be Washington’s starting quarterback in 2020. The Redskins are still very high on him, but are doing due diligence by looking into the elite quarterbacks of this draft class.

Last season at USC, Pittman caught 101 passes for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns. Pittman is currently being compared to Denver Broncos talented wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Adding that kind of weapon would make the Redskins’ defense even more dangerous.

Expect to hear quite a few rumors surrounding the Redskins this offseason. They will be looking to add more talent, especially in the 2020 NFL Draft. Pittman would be a nice selection to continue moving their offense forward.