MIAMI - Redskins fans need to prepare themselves for three months of speculation about if the team should trade the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft.
Chase Young or more picks? That's the question.
Fuel got added to the fire on Tuesday when NBC Sports' Peter King explained a league source told him that the Redskins could "remake their franchise" by trading out of the second slot in the draft. The Bengals are going to take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first, but after that, things could be wide open.
A team could get desperate for Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon QB Justin Herbert, and when that happens, the floodgates could open for Washington. The Dolphins hold three picks in the first round (5,18, 26) and have publicly talked about their desire for a star young passer. The Chargers need a new quarterback, and plenty of other teams might need a new signal-caller, including Tampa and Las Vegas.
There are never enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and the allure of the new young star is often too much for NFL general managers to resist at draft time.
Considering all of that, the Redskins hold a very valuable card with the second pick. Very valuable.
Still, however, that doesn't mean the team needs to trade it.
Plenty of scouts consider Ohio State defensive end Chase Young the best prospect on the board, and that includes Tagovailoa and Burrow. Young had 16.5 sacks this season for the Buckeyes in 12 games and is an obvious game-wrecking talent rushing the passer.
Washington could take Young at two and sit confidently, knowing the new braintrust of Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith and Rob Rogers took the best player on their draft board.
There is no concrete answer. The Redskins problem is a good one to have.
Other names will rise up draft boards - Utah State QB Jordan Love and Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah among them. If Washington does trade back, they can still get good players.
The Dolphins are the obvious candidate to move up, and with their fifth pick, the Redskins could still land a star. Some will say Miami can hold tight at five to get their QB, and while maybe that could work, that assumes no other team trades in front of them for another passer. Or that Detroit, with 32-year-old Matt Stafford coming off a season where he dealt with back fractures, doesn't think quarterback with the third pick.
There are few knowns in the leadup to the NFL Draft, and in January, there are none.
The Redskins would be wise to look at all options. In fact, they'd be foolish not to, even if in the end Washington decides to take Young.
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