Three takeaways from Redskins Week 16 loss to the Giants
1. The team is right where they want to be in the draft order
The Redskins needed two things to happen for them to have control of the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They were as follows:
- They had to lose to the Giants
- The Dolphins had to win or tie with the Bengals
Despite late scares in both overtime games, the Redskins saw both things happen. And now, they will control their own destiny as they play for a high draft pick.
The importance of the No. 2 draft pick in the 2020 draft is that it may be used on Chase Young. The Ohio State pass rusher is among the best players in college football and projects to be an excellent edge rushing prospect for the next level. For a team that doesn’t need a quarterback, like the Redskins, Young is a top-tier target early in the draft.
If the Redskins can land young, he would continue to add talent to their defense. They have untapped potential on that side of the ball and possess one of the interior pass rushes in the NFL. If they can add Young and pair him long-term with Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson, that would continue to build their strength on defense.
Getting a guy like Andrew Thomas or Jerry Jeudy in the top 10 picks would’ve been nice for the Redskins. But if they have a shot at Young? He could be a true game-changer for this defense.