How Tua Tagovailoa's decision impacts the Redskins draft plans

The Fan News Desk
January 07, 2020 - 1:53 pm

With Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa planning to enter the draft, the Redskins are in an “absolute perfect spot” before the draft begins, CBS Sports reporter Chris Trapasso told 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes. 

The Redskins have the No. 2 pick in April’s draft but might be able to make a deal for a lower pick if another team wants to take Tagovailoa.  Tagovailoa is widely considered the second-best available quarterback in the draft behind LSU’s Joe Burrow. Miami is expected to be among the teams interested in drafting Tagovailoa.

If the Redskins plan to select Ohio State defensive lineman Chase Young, they can capitalize on their position and attempt to accrue more picks, Trapasso said. 

“Whoever is finally calling the shots as the GM should listen to whoever might be calling them to trade up to get Tua because this is not trading up for a corner or offensive tackle,” Trapasso told 106.7 The Fan. “This is trading up for someone that has been a prized possession for almost two years now. They are in a perfect spot sitting at No. 2.” 

Trapasso likened the current draft climate to the one the Redskins faced before selecting Robert Griffin III in 2012. 

“They’re in the spot where they can move back maybe even two spots or just a few and pick up a huge king’s ransom so to speak and ultimately fill a lot of needs on this team for Dwayne Haskins if that’s what they want to do,” Trapasso said. 

With the success of Montez Sweat and Landon Collins late in the season, the Redskins would likely have a dominant defense under Ron Rivera if they decided to draft Young, Trapasso said. 

But given the fact Haskins was sacked 29 times last season, it might not be the team’s biggest need, he told Dukes.

“That’s too many, and if you want your quarterback to take that next step, you need to protect him better, especially when he has the skillset of Dwayne Haskins,” Trapasso told 106.7 The Fan. “Multiple offensive linemen, not only in free agency but early in the draft, would be just as if not actually more important than picking Chase Young at No. 2.” 

Regardless of who the Redskins select, Trapasso maintains the team is in an enviable position in this year’s draft. 

Listen to the full interview at the start of the clip below.

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