The Washington Redskins have been fielding calls from a number of teams with respect to the No. 2 overall pick ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
However, Washington will not be trading their top pick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Rapoport added the team has made a decision on who they will be drafting as well.
The #Redskins have received calls from teams about potentially trading up to No. 2. But they’ve made a decision, and sources say no trade. They are making the pick… because they love the player who will be there for them.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2020
This all but guarantees Ohio State EDGE rusher Chase Young is bound for the nation's capital.
Previous reports suggested the No. 2 pick could be “bought,” though it likely would have taken an overwhelming offer for the Redskins to seriously considering moving off the pick.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 21, 2020
The Redskins had every reason to posit a high asking price. Young was the best defensive player in college football last season, and some scouts believe he will end up being the best player from this draft.
Young had ridiculous numbers in his junior campaign with the Buckeyes, posting 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 12 games. He has a tremendous combination of athleticism and strength off the edge, and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report rated him as his “wire-to-wire” No. 1 prospect.
Chase Young will go wire-to-wire as my No. 1 overall player for the 2020 NFL draft class.
Something that doesn't happen very often.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 16, 2020
Needless to say, plenty of evaluators believe Young is destined for stardom.
This news is clearly disappointing for a number of teams looking to trade up, notably the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. Both teams were picking outside of the Top 10, and adding someone of Young's caliber might have had a transformative impact on their defenses.
Instead, the Redskins will hope Young can help them take a step forward in 2020 while creating havoc for opposing quarterbacks.