Roundtable Discussion: Who should be the Redskins pick if not Chase Young?
Ian Cummings: WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama
It seems like the Redskins are leaning one way in the Chase Young debate, and it isn’t toward the “He’s overrated” camp. Young is very much a coveted prospect in Washington, and while there are always thousands of probabilities to consider, Young being drafted by the Redskins is the most prominent one.
Of course, there is a chance that the 2020 NFL Draft plays out a little bit differently. If the Redskins somehow pass on Young, they’d have a very interesting choice on their hands: Who do they take in his place?
Disregarding free agency, I’d consider Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons here, as he’s a truly position-less prospect with enticing athletic upside. But if we’ve already added Littleton to shore up the linebacker core — Littleton is my favorite free agent for the Redskins to consider this offseason — I’m going to go to the offensive side of the ball. No, not offensive tackle. Wide receiver.
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One prospect that isn’t getting talked about enough in a trade back scenario, especially if Trent Williams returns, is Alabama wideout Henry Ruggs III. The dynamic weapon has the best speed in the class, and it doesn’t take him long to reach that top mark. His explosiveness is off the charts, and it’s visible in every facet of his game: Deep receiving, run after catch, route running, contested situations, you name it. Imagine Ruggs in a receiving core with Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims. Pure, unbridled speed and dynamism. So many possibilities.
Ruggs is unforgivingly explosive both vertically and laterally, and he has enough size to compete in those close quarters battles that are bound to happen in the NFL. His production may be a negative indicator for some, but the last time NFL teams knocked down a rookie wideout for concerns about production, McLaurin nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark as a third-round pick in the nation’s capital.
Ask me tomorrow, and I might say offensive line. But right now, Ruggs is the one.
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