Stephen A. says Dan Snyder wants Chase Young not Tua

Ben Krimmel
April 03, 2020 - 12:48 pm
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You should not be surprised by this news.

Stephen A. Smith, the king of bombast and emperor of ESPN, has not changed his mind and, in fact, doubled-down on his report owner Daniel Snyder has made a decision on what the Washington Redskins will do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft: Select Chase Young over Tua Tagovailoa.

"I've been told that the Washington Redskins are not going to touch Tua because they're going after Chase Young," Smith said on First Take Thursday. "That's what Daniel Snyder wants them to do. And they're not drafting a quarterback. That's what I've been told."

Of course, because this is First Take, not everyone saw everything the same way. Max Kellerman, who admits he was a big booster of Haskins a year ago, believes the Redskins should draft the southpaw out of Alabama because of the question marks around last year's first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.

"(Haskins) did not play well, look, I know he's very young, I know quarterbacks once upon a time took them a while to get going, he didn't play well this year," Kellerman said and added the franchise didn't prepare him well for the season. "But based on what I've seen from Haskins, I think he may be a successful NFL quarterback (but) that remains to be seen. The odds that he turns into a great NFL quarterback if you had to handicap it right now, don't look terrific."

"If Tua is healthy, I'm confident he's going to be an excellent quarterback. I'm confident about that."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, Tagovailoa participated in a voluntary medical recheck with an independent doctor selected by NFL team physicians Thursday facilitated by the NFL Scouting Combine and the results "were overwhelmingly positive."

Kellerman goes while durability and health are the main questions, the talent, mental ability, accuracy, skill in reading defenses, mobility, and poise under pressure, makes it hard to pass on Tagovailoa "if you don't know that you already have a great quarterback."

However, Stephen A. says the durability issue is too much to ignore.

"You can't have a question mark at the quarterback position due to talent, then bringing in an additional question mark in durability, in arguably the most violent sport that we know," he said Thursday. "And if durability is a question mark, you can't have a question mark at the quarterback position and bring in another question mark at the expense of passing up a stud pass rusher which is the second most biggest need in the National Football League in this day and age."

"You simply can't take that chance by passing up somebody like Chase Young."

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