SNIDER: More's not better for Redskins draft

Rick Snider
April 08, 2020 - 3:08 pm

The Redskins might as well write Chase Young's name in ink on their draft card now because a king's ransom isn't enough to change their minds.

Oh, new coach Ron Rivera never said the Ohio State pass rusher's name during a conference call on Tuesday. But, the defensive-minded coach made it clear any deal must provide players equal to the one they're trading and that's not happening. Young is supposedly a generational talent, so there's not a second or third player equal to that. Throw in Rivera is clearly rebuilding the Redskins through defense and there's no reason to think a receiver or even quarterback would tempt him.

Anything can happen by the April 23 first round when the Redskins pick second. Rivera is not saying never, ever, but conditions seems too heavy for any team to make even a reasonable offer of multiple first-rounders to gain quarterback Tua Tagovailoa before a competitor does. Indeed, Miami may luck out and have the passer fall to them at No. 5.

Rivera appears uninterested in gaining several good prospects over one great player.

"When you're in the first five spots, those have to be immediate impact guys," he said. "They're going to be guys that you're going to put on the field right away and they're going to play. That's always been my kind of philosophy. . . .

"Secondly, if you're going to make a trade and you're going to go back, that guy that you're going to take at that spot has to make the kind of impact you need to validate missing an opportunity to take a player that's a high impact guy. In other words, if you're going to pass up player A, and you go back and you take player D, player D has to be equal to player A, you know what I'm saying. Because if player A is going to play for you for 10 years, and player D might not, did you really get value or did you just get a whole bunch of picks?

"So you've got to be able to sit there and say that the next guy that I'm going to take is going to be that high impact guy. And that's what I'm looking for, that's what I believe we need. We need a guy just to come in and really change our football team. To me, there's a few guys on that board that are those kind of players."

Translation: Young > multiple picks.

Rivera also said the player must fit the Redskins rebuilding plan, which is reworking a defense that way underperformed last season despite some talented players. The team has already revamped the secondary with free agent cornerback Kendall Fuller and safety Sean Davis. But it's really about the front seven where Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio once played. They live for the kill shots, the big plays in opposing backfields. That's where Young will live.

"It's not just about being a great football player," Rivera said, "but you've also got to be a guy that is part of the fit because a lot of times, all you go off of is their numbers, not off of their football ability, whether or not their football ability will transfer into fitting into your system or style of play."

Keep an eraser or fresh draft card nearby, but for now it's sure looking like the Redskins will take Young.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks