The Redskins finished the year 3-13 and secured the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bengals, who hold the first pick, figure to take a quarterback.
On Thursday the Redskins introduced defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera, who's bringing in Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator. Then earlier on Friday, superstar pass-rusher Chase Young declared for the draft.
The stars have aligned for Washington.
They don't have Young yet, but it's never too early to get excited for a no-brainer pick.
Here are five times Young proved himself as the best player in this year's draft class that Redskins fans will want to see.
Beating up on bad teams should be easy for the Ohio States of the world, but Young set a new standard against Miami of Ohio.
His two sacks on the game came on back-to-back drives he ended with a forced fumble.
The best pass rushers don't just get the quarterback, they go after the ball to force turnovers too. Young forced six fumbles in 11 games this season. Ryan Anderson led the Redskins in 2019 with five.
Setting the OSU sack record after nine games
Of all the great pass rushers to come out of Ohio State over the last decade, none of them were able to eclipse Vernon Gholston's sack record he set back in 2007 with 14.
Young passed Gholston in just nine games. Imagine if he wasn't suspended for two games toward the end of the year.
Young's speed off the ball and hand strength inside is exceptional. It's rare to find a player with a polished skill set like that to go along with incredible athleticism and strength.
If the Redskins pick Young, he would immediately become their best defensive player.
4 sacks vs. Wisconsin
Wisconsin might have been Young's best game.
He finished with four sacks, six tackles and two forced fumbles against a strong Badger offensive line.
What stuck out in that game was his instincts in sniffing out screens. On multiple plays, Young sensed he wasn't getting blocked, relocated to the flat and destroyed the screen pass behind the line of scrimmage.
Anyone can pin their ears back and go after the quarterback. The best defensive ends have the awareness to diagnose what's happening in front of them and break on it with force. Young showed that over and over again in Columbus last season.
Handing Penn State the L on 4th-and-5
Ohio State had its biggest test of 2018 when they went on the road to play Penn State. A Dwayne Haskins-led offense came back in the game to give the Buckeyes a lead, but they needed their defense to make one last stop to stay undefeated.
For whatever reason, Penn State ran the ball on 4th-and-5 and Young blew up the play for a loss to secure the win for Ohio State.
Young wasn't the bonafide superstar yet that Nick Bosa was at the time, but it sure didn't take him long to emerge on the scene as their next great pass rusher.
Leading the band
In a change of pace from the dominant football plays, here's a video of Young doing his best impression of a marching band conductor. Enjoy.
While all the signs should point to the Redskins picking Young second overall in April, it's not final until Roger Goodell reads off the card.
Washington has plenty of time to fall in love with a different prospect, or worse, the Bengals decide to pass on Joe Burrow in favor of Young.
Until we know Young definitely won't be the pick at No. 2, don't expect the hype to slow down here in DC.
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