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Washington drafts Antonio Gibson with No. 66 pick

Antonio Gibson goes to Washington with the No. 66 pick in the 2020 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Runningback Antonio Gibson #24 from Memphis of the South Team during the 2020 Resse’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. The North Team defeated the South Team 34 to 17. Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Washington selected Antonio Gibson with the No. 66 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The wideout was JUCO player before ending up at Memphis and can now help a receiving corps that’s led by Terry McLaurin.

Gibson caught 38 passes for 735 yards, (19.3 ypr), and eight touchdowns last season. He also played some running back and tallied 33 carries for 369 yards, (11.2 ypc) and four more touchdowns. But wait, there’s more. He excelled as a return man and averaged more than 28 yards per return on kickoffs with one touchdown.

Scouting Report

Gibson can make plays all over the field. He’s an impressive athlete, but he lacks fundamentals because he doesn’t have a true position. Is he a wideout, running back, or some sort of hybrid utility player? His skills as a return man can be used right away, but whether he can be a productive member of the offense remains to be seen.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

Gibson could become a starter in year one. Washington needs serious help out wide, as a backup running back was second on the team in receiving yards last season. McLaurin was the only player on Washington’s roster who tallied more than 400 receiving yards last year. Gibson could be a top three target for his team, but probably won’t have much fantasy football value anytime soon. According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Washington plans on working with Gibson at wideout and running back in hopes of using him like the Carolina Panthers use Christian McCaffrey. Every team would love to have that kind of weapon.

Long-term

Gibson could be a bit of a project, as he only recorded 834 receiving yards while appearing in just 19 games at Memphis. Could he develop into something valuable? Sure. But it’s unclear whether he’ll live up to his potential at this point.