Mel Kiper: Redskins should draft Tua over Chase Young at No. 2

Ben Krimmel
February 27, 2020 - 3:40 pm

With Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow almost certainly going No. 1 overall in the draft, the Washington Redskins are all but on the clock.

The consensus thinking: selected Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young. Done deal. The team has their quarterback of the future from the 2019 draft in Dwayne Haskins, draft the self-proclaimed "best player in the draft."

Not so fast. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. says there is "no doubt" who the Redskins should pick: Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

"Well, you can have all the Chase Young's you want, Max, but if you don't have the quarterback, you're spinning your wheels," Kiper said on First Take when asked by Max Kellerman who the Redskins should take.

"This is a quarterback league all the way. What's the difference in the Super Bowl? Mahomes and Garoppolo late in that game," Kiper continued. "If you look at Tua, if the medical staff clears him -- and this is the leap of faith you have to take. The medical staff is gonna be key to this, more so than the scouts and the evaluators. They're the key. If they sign off, you take Tua at two. There's no doubt about that. You take Tua.

"You don't trade the pick, you don't take Chase Young, you take Tua. And if Haskins turns out to be better, then great! Then we can trade Tua!"
 

 

Kiper went on to say drafting another quarterback wouldn't mean the Redskins move on from the No. 15 pick from a season ago.

"We're not saying we're dumping Haskins, we're forgetting about Dwayne Haskins, giving up on Haskins," he said. "Let 'em battle it out and see who the best man is. Haskins already has a head start, he's got a year in the league. So let's see what happens." 

And the point about the medical team is a big deal. After sustaining multiple ankle injuries during his time at Alabama, Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip, in which he also sustained a posterior wall fracture of the hip, which ended his college career. Getting the thumbs up is no guarantee, which could render Kiper's point moot.

A day prior, new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said the team was examining all options.

"Everything is an option. We’re not closing the door on anything," Rivera told the media.

"You don’t know what’s going to happen in front of you. You don’t know what’s going to happen with you, so we’re going to go through," he added. "Tua is one of the guys we’re bringing in. Just so everybody knows. We’re bringing in Burrow, we’re bringing in Tua, and we’ll see both of their workouts. That’s just the way it is. You just don’t know, so we’re going to prepare, we’re going to get ourselves ready, we’re going to, obviously, look at some of the other players. We’re going to look at Chase, we’re going to look at the corners, we’re going to look at everybody.” 

Well, that doesn't rule out anything, while not saying much of anything.

In the meantime, the draft is just 56 days away. 

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