Theismann warns Redskins not to pass on Young

The Fan News Desk
March 31, 2020 - 1:15 pm

Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann weighed in on the ongoing discussion of what the team should do with the second overall pick in next month's draft.

When asked what he would do if he was making the decision on who to select, it didn't take long for him to answer.

"Without hesitation, I take Chase Young for a couple of reasons," Theismann told TMZ Sports. "First of all, I think he's the best player in the draft, and there's an old adage when it comes to taking the best player in the draft. Secondly, the Redskins are going to go to a 4-3 under Jack Del Rio. He's a perfect defensive end. He fits in with Sweat, (who they drafted) last year, and then you all of a sudden look at Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, I mean you have five really (good) young guys up front. The oldest guy is 27 and that's Matt."

The 20-year-old, who is often described as a generational pass rusher, is coming off a 16.5-sack junior season and could prove too tempting for the burgundy and gold to pass up.

Theismann also chimed in on reports about there being uncertainty with whether Dwayne Haskins is Washington's long-term answer, after a limited showing in his rookie season.

"Everybody's just moved on from Dwayne (Haskins), but Dwayne really hasn't played enough to really get a sample size of who he is," Theismann said. "If you're another team and you look at Dwayne Haskins saying, 'What is his value,' you don't know.

"You weren't able to evaluate him. I don't think you move on from him. I think the kid really loves football. He's a tough kid. He proved it. He's going to be in a new system. It'll be some competition with Kyle Allen, who came from Carolina in a similar system."

Theismann asked what he would tell Haskins, as a former Washington QB, with all of the draft rumors circulating about the talented young quarterbacks available.

"Don't listen to the noise. Just don't listen to the noise," he said. "This has nothing to do with anybody but one guy and that's Dwayne Haskins. You take care of business. You do what you need to do. You're good enough to play this game. You proved it to us and to the world, I think, a year ago, had some really good games. No young rookies, nobody goes out there and lights the world on fire."