Redskins reportedly ‘increasingly open’ to the possibility of a trade down

Chase Young is the no-brainer pick for the Redskins if they stay put at the No. 2 spot. But it’s looking like they’re more open to the possibility of trading down with the draft less than a month away.

Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, there is one name at the top of the wishlist for most Washington Redskins fans. That would be Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young.

Young, the projected No. 2 overall pick, is the best overall player in this draft class and racked up 16.5 sacks in his final season with the Buckeyes. He’s a true game-changer on defense and could give the Redskins one of the best and most talented defensive lines in the NFL.

That said, it’s possible that the Redskins may pass on him. But why would they do that? Simple. If they get an offer that blows them away in a potential trade down, they could drop in the draft and pick up extra draft capital to help rebuild their team under Ron Rivera.

While it was looking pretty unlikely for the team to trade down earlier in the offseason, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is reporting that the team is “increasingly open” to moving down from the No. 2 pick to grab a haul of picks.

I continue to hear that they are increasingly open to trading out. I think there’s a distinct possibility.

After missing out on their big free-agent targets and having so many holes on the roster, a trade down may make sense for the Redskins. They could recoup some of the draft picks they don’t have, like the second-round pick they gave up in the Montez Sweat deal, and set themselves up for more buying power in future NFL drafts.

Of course, it would take a massive offer for the Redskins to actually move down. They’d probably need at least a first-round pick in 2021 along with some draft capital this year to make it happen.

The Dolphins would probably be the ‘Skins most likely trade partner at the No. 5 overall pick given that they have four picks in the top 39 of the 2020 NFL Draft. But would the Dolphins be willing to give up an enticing enough package for the Redskins to move down? That much remains to be seen.

At the end of the day, trading down is surely a possibility. And with the Redskins lacking draft capital, it could benefit them to pick up some extra picks. The only question is, will it be worth missing out on Young to add those extra picks? Or should they just take the elite talent and figure out another way to add some mid-round picks (like trading Trent Williams).

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We’ll see what ultimately happens with the team’s No. 2 pick. While they’re open to trading down, Young should still be the heavy favorite to be the pick until we hear otherwise.

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