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The Washington Redskins added a big, physical receiver – another playmaker for Dwayne Haskins – but also one of the 2020 NFL Draft’s most unique personalities when they acquired Antonio Gandy-Golden with a fourth-round pick (No. 142 overall). He is now the third Liberty player drafted since 1991.  

Gandy-Golden played two dominant seasons at the Division I FBS level with a strong practice week at the Reese’s Senior Bowl to help solidify his place in what is considered an exceptionally deep draft class of receivers. He overpowers smaller cornerbacks in the red zone and on third downs, and is savvy on winning 50-50 balls that allow him extend his length.  

The Liberty star posted two 1,000-yard seasons with the Flames, his best coming from last year (79-1, 396-10) for 17. 7-yard per catch average, according to NFL News. He had 1,396 rec yards in 2019 (4th in FCS). 

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Gandy Golden clocked a 4.6 speed and measured 6-foot-4, 223 pounds. His rare combination of size and speed resembles a Calvin Johnson, and with hands like Odell Beckham Jr., he could make a huge impact on the Redskins’ offense.   

First-time Liberty Football Head Coach, Hugh Freeze, raved about Gandy-Golden. “I rate him at the top with those guys (Antonio Brown). All the one hand catches in the game just come so natural to him,” said Freeze.

Gandy-Golden has an array of off-field talents; he’s skilled in multiple sports, has bowled a 300 and is a Rubik’s Cube solver, among other talents. He actually was solving a Rubik’s Cube while being featured on SportsCenter with Hannah Storm and Jay Harris, and he completed it within less than a minute.  

NBC Sports published on Saturday, Antonio Gandy-Golden might be the most interesting man in the world, and the headline alone rings to be true. He is certainly one of the most intriguing players in the draft.  

It looks like the Redskins might have found some gold in the fourth round with Gandy-Golden. His high IQ combined with his freakish athleticism make him a fascinating prospect.  

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