Should the Redskins be set on drafting Chase Young at No. 2?

Ben Krimmel
January 17, 2020 - 11:47 am

The Washington Redskins have selected a defensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft in each of the last three seasons. Do they go for four-straight in 2020?

Will dynamic pass rusher Chase Young be the latest d-lineman to come to Washington when new head coach Ron Rivera makes his first selection with the team at No. 2? The 'Magic 8 Ball' says all signs point to yes. 

"It makes all the sense in the world," The Sports Junkies' John Auville said Friday. "Dominant defensive player, Ron Rivera's here as head coach, Jack Del Rio comes in as the (defensive coordinator), unless it is a crazy trade package from a team underneath them, looking to go up and get Tua (Tagovailoa) at No. 2, I don't see them moving off this pick.

CBS Sports NFL writer Ryan Wilson told The Junks he can't see the Redskins making any other decision when presented with the opportunity to draft a player like young who is that  "special, special, special."

"Unless it's a quarterback, you take a game-changing defensive end even if it's not your No. 1 priority because those guys get out there and go after the other team's quarterback and are just incredibly disruptive and it makes your life a lot easier," Wilson said. "So, I think Chase Young is a slam dunk there. He is so special, 16.5 sacks and didn't even play in two games because of the silly suspension."

Young's production dipped in the last few games of the season, but Wilson notes that it is because he faced double and triple teams something Young won't see as often in the NFL.

"That's fine, but you have to pay for it if you're an NFL team trying to do that consistently because you can't do that in San Francisco, you can't double-team Nick Bosa and expect to get away with it with four other guys who can sack you with no problem," Wilson added.

But what if the Redskins consider taking a quarterback or make a trade to move down to acquire more draft picks at the risk of losing Young? 

For Washington, Young's talent makes that a risk that is likely too great to take: "I feel like he has a chance to Bosa brothers level or better at the next level, and if that's something that interests you, that's who you take," Wilson said.

Of course, handicapping what type of compensation package would have to be presented to the Redskins to get them to trade down is tough. 

Perhaps a top-10 pick in 2020, a second-round pick in 2020, a first-rounder in 2021, and a first-rounder in 2022 could be a good place for negotiations to start. 

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