By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins currently hold onto the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Many have speculated what they should do with that pick. For a while, the debate was between selecting Chase Young or trading back for someone looking to take a QB. Since the combine, reports have come out and said that the Redskins could possibly take Tua.
The Redskins actually met with both Burrow and Tua at the combine. This has led to analysts all over putting their thoughts into the matter. Some think they would be smart to take Tagovailoa, and others think it is ridiculous to pass up on Chase Young.
Here is why the Redskins should and shouldn’t take Tua with the 2nd overall pick.
Why They Shouldn’t Draft Tua Tagovailoa
The easy answer to this question is Chase Young. The Ohio State pass rusher is arguably one of the best to come out of college. Most have given him a higher grade than both of the Bosa brothers and have drawn comparisons to stand out defensive end Julius Peppers. Young finished the year as the highest-graded defensive player in Pro Football Focus history with a 96.1 grade.
There is no doubt that Young is the best player in this draft, and the Redskins defense would instantly be better with him. If they decide to take Tua, they would be passing on one of the best defensive prospects to ever come out of college.
The other reason is because of another Ohio State product, Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was selected with the 15th overall pick in last year’s draft. He finished his rookie campaign only completing 58.6% of his passes for 1,365 yards, 7 TDs, 7 INTs, and a 76.1 QB rating.
His play for most of the season was extremely disappointing. He was unable to hit open receivers and looked like a deer caught in headlights. However, he ended the year on a high note. In the last two games he played in, he managed to complete 72% of his passes and had a rating of 121.3 and 143.2. Those two games were crucial because it showed his development and that he can be a successful NFL QB.
Injuries throughout his collegiate career have also plagued Tua. He has had multiple ankle injuries, a knee injury, a broken finger, and now the most significant injury of his dislocated hip. Reports say he should be at 100% health very soon, but that does not mean he will be able to stay healthy in the NFL.
Why They Should Draft Tua Tagovailoa
We all know that you cannot win in this league without a QB. Tua is a much better prospect than Haskins was coming out of college. If Haskins did not struggle, this would not be a question, but he did. Yes, he ended his rookie season strongly, but that does not mean he will find success in his sophomore year. Those last two games also came against the Eagles and Giants, who had very weak secondaries.
The world was introduced to Tagovailoa during his freshman year in the National Championship in 2018. He was thrown in the game after halftime with Jalen Hurts struggling. He led the Crimson Tide to a comeback victory in overtime, throwing for 166 yards and 3 TDs. Since then, Tua has been one of the best QBs in the nation. It is not very often a team has the opportunity to draft a QB of Tua’s magnitude.
Rivera did not draft Haskins. We saw Kliff Kingsbury take Kyler Murray with the first pick in the draft and ship Josh Rosen to the Dolphins. If Rivera does not feel Haskins is the long term answer, do not be surprised if Tua is under center for Washington week one, and Haskins is in another uniform.
Personally, I would select the best player in Chase Young and let Haskins prove himself next season. If he turns out to be a bust, then there is always next year’s draft. The 2021 draft may hold Trevor Lawrence, one of the best QB prospects since Andrew Luck and Justin Fields, who managed a 91.5 grade from Pro Football Focus his first year starting at Ohio State.
Overall, the decision will be up to new head coach Ron Rivera. The Redskins have been desperate for a culture change, and I believe he will bring just that. If he believes Haskins is the future, then Tua will end up somewhere else. The draft is always filled with smokescreens, so do not expect this story to die down anytime soon.