By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins currently hold the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Towards the end of the season, many fans were rooting for a loss because winning would only hurt them in the long run. With the Bengals almost guaranteed to select LSU QB Joe Burrow first overall, that leaves Chase Young for the Redskins’ taking.
The Redskins are clearly in the rebuilding stages, which means racking up draft picks is usually the best move. However, in this case, passing on Young would be a mistake. Yes, they need more draft picks, but if a team can get a player with all-pro potential, there should be no hesitation in taking him.
Nick Bosa was one of the best defensive prospects coming out of college, and Chase Young is even better. In only five more games, Young had 21 more tackles, 11.5 more tackles for loss, and 13 more sacks than Nick Bosa.
This team has holes that need to be filled, but pass rusher is not necessarily one of them. However, that does not mean in the near future they won’t be in the market for one. Some may think Kerrigan and Sweat are just fine. Just because it sounds good on paper does not mean it will work out. We saw Kerrigan take a step back this season, recording only 5.5 sacks and missing five games. I do believe that switching to a 4-3 defense will help, but there is no guarantee he will get back to his double-digit sack seasons. He will also be 32 next season, which is relatively old for a pass rusher.
Montez Sweat was selected with the 26th overall pick in last year’s draft. He got off to a rough start but ended the season strong. Hopefully, he will be able to develop into a dangerous pass rusher. Once again, there is no guarantee that Sweat will end up being a pro bowl caliber player. In these cases, the Redskins would then be in need of a pass rusher.
Chase Young is one of the best prospects to ever come out of college, and Washington would be crazy to pass on him. He was the highest-graded player ever by Pro Football Focus with a jaw-dropping 96.1 grade. He has taken criticism for not showing up in the biggest game vs. Clemson in the playoffs. Yes, that was his worst game of the season, but he still found his way in the backfield numerous times, putting pressure on Lawrence. His combination of size and speed makes him nearly impossible to stop. He is also extremely good at keeping offensive linemen’s hands off of him. It has been too long since Washington has had an elite defensive player on their roster, and selecting Chase Young could change that.