There is no way to put this nicely. The Washington Redskins have been absolutely dreadful this season. They are 1-9 through the first 11 weeks of the season. They could use Chase Young.
That one win came against the Miami Dolphins, a team that had no wins at the time. Meanwhile, seven of their nine losses have been by double-digits. The only two losses that were by fewer than 10 points were in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles (32-27) and in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers (9-0).
With six games still left, the Redskins have shown no signs of turning things around. In fact, their last game was an embarrassing loss to the New York Jets.
With that in mind, if everyone’s being honest, Washington will likely have a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, as of right now they would have the second pick (the 0-10 Cincinnati Bengals are currently in line for that top spot).
Barring quite a few upsets, it’s hard to imagine Washington will win many more games. So when the Draft rolls around, the Redskins will indeed be one of the first teams selecting.
And Chase Young might fall in their laps. That’s a dream scenario right there.
Now, the thing with the Redskins, is a lot of players could work for them. They could use help on the offensive line. They desperately need receivers and help in the secondary as well. Tight end is a serious position of need, but that’s likely not something you’d take with a top-3 pick.
Then there’s pass rush. The Redskins are weird in this sense. They already have Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Matthew Ioannidis and Tim Settle (I’m very high on the potential of Settle) on the defensive line.
Meanwhile, Montez Sweat was a first-rounder this year. While he’s struggled a little bit, he’s a rookie and still has all the tools and potential to be an absolute star. Ryan Kerrigan is showing signs of slowing down too but can still be very productive as well.
So you could argue that this is not a top need. However, an elite pass rush makes everything better. Suddenly, holes in the secondary aren’t showing as much. They will look better against the run as well.
So a pass rusher could fix a lot of problems, and Young is a stud in every sense of the word.
Last season, Young had 34 tackles (14.5 for loss) and 10.5 sacks in 13 games. He also had five pass deflections and one forced fumble.
This year, the Ohio State star 29 tackles (15.5 for loss) and 13.5 sacks in just eight games. He also has one pass deflection and five forced fumbles.
Young is a playmaker and game changer. He is putting up numbers that even the Bosa would salivate at and doing so when the whole world knows the opponents are putting as many bodies as possible on him.
The Redskins are in such a bad place that they just need stars. Young is the most sure-fire star in the draft. He can change a defense. With all the potential they already have there, throwing Young into the mix could actually make them figure it all out.
Sure, Washington needs help elsewhere, but can you really pass up on Chase Young?