Redskins full NFL first-round mock: Is Chase Young the one?
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins win against the Dolphins has them one spot shy of the No. 1 overall pick, but aside from that, the Redskins haven’t experienced any adverse effects to their draft position. The Dolphins just beat the Jets, and because they’ve played one less game than the Redskins, they have a higher winning percentage.
Thus, the Redskins have the No. 2 overall pick, and consequently, the Redskins are in a position to draft the best player available. There’s no conversation to be had about replacing Dwayne Haskins yet; Haskins has displayed growth in recent action, and he deserves a chance with the Redskins new coaching staff in 2020.
With quarterback off the table, this pick quickly becomes a battle between two prospects: Edge rusher Chase Young and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. Other players could slip into the mix, but these options provide the best value for the Redskins.
Thomas is a formidable blindside blocker with perennial All-Pro upside, and he will appeal to the team if they opt to prioritize Dwayne Haskins’ protection. But even so, the 2020 NFL Draft is relatively deep at offensive tackle, and talents like Chase Young don’t come often. As Pro Football Network’s A.J. Schulte noted earlier in the year, Young could test closely to Myles Garrett athletically. He’s a physical specimen to behold, and with Ryan Kerrigan starting on his regression path, it’s time for the Redskins to get younger, cheaper, and better.
It’s worth noting that Young was recently suspended indefinitely by the NCAA for accepting payment from an agent. His timeline for return is not clear, but it’s unlikely that the event will affect his draft stock. Various bonafide prospects have taken payments in the past, and it hasn’t stopped the NFL from picking who they want. The Redskins should want Chase Young, and they can get him, so long as they keep losing.
Young makes a menacing Redskins front even stronger, and he completes an edge tandem that has outrageous athletic upside. Pressuring the quarterback is the most efficient way to win on defense in today’s NFL, and with Young completing the Redskins front, the Redskins should have no trouble there.