The Washington Redskins are entering a new regime with Ron Rivera becoming the team’s head coach. With Rivera attempting to right the ship, it remains to be seen what he plans on doing with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Last offseason, the Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Once Haskins arrived in Washington, he was thrust into a competition with veteran Case Keenum for the starting job.
Unfortunately for Haskins, Keenum was given the starting job in Week 1 of the season. But after Keenum and even Colt McCoy got chances to start, Haskins finally made his first career start in Week 9.
After struggling in his first few starts, the former Buckeye finished the season strong with three consecutive outings that provided optimism moving forward. Altogether, in his last three starts, he combined for 564 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.
Despite Haskins showing his potential, Rivera could decide to select a quarterback in this year’s draft that he gets to handpick. With Joe Burrow likely being selected with the No. 1 pick, the Redskins could add either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert in the draft.
However, it would make the most sense for Washington to give Haskins another season and draft the best player available. With that in mind, here is a prediction on who the Redskins will select with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Chase Young (Edge, Ohio State)
Without a doubt, the quarterback position is the most important position when building a team in the NFL. But before the Redskins give up on Haskins, they should give him another season to prove himself in 2020.
Rather than take a quarterback for the second straight year, Washington should be set on taking Chase Young out of Ohio State. If we’re talking about overall football player, Young could very well be the most dominant player in this year’s draft.
Young, who played with Haskins at Ohio State for two years, evolved into a freakish edge rusher while in college. As a freshman, Young recorded 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Then, over his last two seasons, he’s accumulated a jaw-dropping 27 sacks, 35 tackles for loss, and eight forced fumbles.
Most notably, Young was able to secure the single-season record at Ohio State for sacks with 16.5 of them in 2019. That is even more impressive when you consider that guys like Joey Bosa and Mike Vrabel also played at Ohio State.
Again, River could view finding the quarterback he likes as the No. 1 priority in his first draft with the Redskins. With that being said, it’s hard to believe that Rivera — a former NFL linebacker — would pass on a defensive juggernaut like Young.