Simulating the Washington Redskins’ free agency, NFL draft, entire 2020 offseason
NFL Draft Day 1
Round 1, Pick 2. EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
This is one of the easiest parts of the simulation. Picking Chase Young in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft should be a no-brainer for the Redskins.
Young officially declared for the draft on Jan. 3 and will be a top-five pick barring anything unexpected happening during the draft process. And at the moment, the Redskins should be favored to select him with the No. 2 overall pick.
Young has been a beast at Ohio State and totaled 16.5 sacks during his junior season. This came after he posted 10.5 sacks as a sophomore. He has a variety of edge rushing moves, good athletic ability, and simply knows how to make game-changing plays.
The Redskins will use Young in tandem with Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan to build a formidable three-man pass rushing unit on the edge. Pairing this with their stellar interior rush of Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Matt Ioannidis will make their defensive line even better. And considering that they’re already among the best in football, that’s saying something.
The only reason the Redskins should even consider passing on Young would be to trade down for a haul of picks to help them address some of their biggest needs. That said, Young is clearly the most talented player in this draft class, so grabbing him with the second pick is far and away the best option.