The Washington Redskins are in an intriguing position regarding the 2020 NFL draft. The Redskins hold the second pick in the draft amid speculation that they could trade that pick to acquire additional picks. The Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, and Detroit Lions are expected to solidify their quarterback depth. Trading for the Redskins’ second pick will assure the aforementioned teams an opportunity to select University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Washington should put an end to any other options and select Ohio State University defensive end Chase Young with the second pick. Redskins’ head coach Ron Rivera inherited second year quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and has all but guaranteed that Haskins will be the starter (presuming that the NFL season will begin as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Washington also acquired quarterback Kyle Allen, who played for Rivera while both men were members of the Carolina Panthers’ organization. Allen’s familiarity with Rivera’s system gives him the presumed edge over Haskins. That would suggest that the Redskins might consider selecting Tagovailoa with the second pick.
That shouldn’t happen. Young won the 2019 Chuck Bednarik award given to college football’s top defensive player. He also won the Ted Hendricks award as the nation’s best defensive end. He recorded 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019 while helping to lead the team to a 13-0 record. On the flipside, the Redskins finished 2019 with a 3-13 record.
Adding Young would solidify a young Redskins’ defense that boasts former first round picks Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat, and Ryan Kerrigan. Washington will implement a 4-3 defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Allen can start at one defensive end, Payne and nose tackle Matt Ioannidis can start at defensive tackles, and Young can start at the other defensive end. Meanwhile, Kerrigan and Sweat can remain at their respective outside linebacker positions.
While Young seems like a blue chip NFL prospect, some feel Washington should pass on him and trade the pick in order to acquire multiple picks. The Redskins lack depth at many key positions, depth that Young can’t provide singlehandedly. But his talents are too seductive for Washington to pass up. The Redskins are a team that have lacked consistency and sizzle for quite some time. Drafting Young would definitely change that.