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Chase Young mentions Dwayne Haskins, Sean Taylor at NFL Combine podium

Chase Young mentions Dwayne Haskins, Sean Taylor at NFL Combine podium

Chase Young isn't working out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, so his podium session on Thursday morning was really the only chance for Redskins fans to see him and hear from him.

Somehow, he still delivered.

The Ohio State pass rusher faced all kinds of questions, but not surprisingly, the Burgundy and Gold came up a few times. Turns out, he's already in constant contact with one of the franchise's key players.

"Me and Dwayne, we talk all the time," Young said. "I've known Dwayne since high school. He definitely loves the organization and obviously he wants me to come play with him. I just think we'll see how this whole thing turns out."

The Redskins QB has called Young a "game-wrecker" and was already pushing for his organization to land him the day after the 2019 season ended, so no one should be shocked that Haskins' name is popping up in Young's phone on the regular. 

Young, who's from the D.C. area, also had a chance to discuss his ties to the team growing up. He never really had a favorite squad as a kid, he explained, but he did watch the Redskins often. And a few players made a particular impression on him.

"Growing up, I was always a fan of Sean Taylor, Clinton Portis and people like that," Young told reporters.

It's appropriate Young mentioned Taylor. If Washington does go on to select Young with the No. 2 selection in April, he'll be their highest-drafted defender since they landed the safety back in 2004.

In Young's mind, however, while he very well may end up as the second prospect off the board in Las Vegas, he shouldn't. Joe Burrow and others simply don't match up with him.

"I definitely think I'm the best player in the draft," he said.


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Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

If you're a Redskins fan, you're asking yourself three things these days:

1) What is Washington going to do with Trent Williams?

2) What is Washington going to do with the second pick in the draft?

3) When am I going to be allowed out of my house again?

While the first and third questions are certainly important, Dolphins beat writer Safid Deen joined the Redskins Talk podcast to try and help answer that middle one.

To begin the interview, JP Finlay asked Deen if he believes Miami will ultimately decide to do a deal with the Burgundy and Gold and move in behind Cincinnati. Deen doesn't believe so as of now, but he also understands how things change when the much-anticipated event finally arrives.

"If you ask me now, today, 20-something days before the draft, I would say no, they're not going to get desperate," Deen said on Wednesday. "But we all know, as soon as that clock hits, as soon as that clock starts, as soon as the pressure starts rising, we'll see how these Dolphins really respond to any kind of pressure from other teams to move up or move down."

"Conventional wisdom says this team moves up in the draft," he added. "You move up with Detroit or you move up with Washington and you go and get Tua if you really want him."

The Dolphins have long been linked to Tua Tagovailoa, and the Alabama product's recent "overwhelmingly positive" medical tests may be enough to convince them to swoop in and select him. That said, he's not the only passer they're considering.

"[Tua is who] they're all in on, but they've been doing their research," he told Redskins Talk. "Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, those are two guys who have been really examined."

According to Deen, Love, in particular, is someone who's enticing the Dolphins. The Utah State signal-caller offers upside and also possesses the kind of personality that could unite a locker room. 

Now, could their interest really just be "interest" as they attempt to throw other organizations off before ultimately pouncing on Tagovailoa? Of course; this is the NFL, where if you aren't lying, you aren't trying. Deen, however, sees taking a QB other than Tua as a serious possibility.

To close his time on the pod, Deen was pushed to give his prediction for how the first round will unfold for Miami. In his mind, all of the pre-draft chatter won't result in any major movement, as long as teams behind the Dolphins like the Chargers and the Raiders don't get too aggressive, too.

"The Dolphins have to call everybody's bluff here," he said. "I don't think the Dolphins really need to go out of their way to move up."

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Post Free Agency projection of Redskins starting offense - who is next to Terry McLaurin?

Post Free Agency projection of Redskins starting offense - who is next to Terry McLaurin?

NFL free agency isn't technically over, but the fireworks have ended. More players will get signed but the biggest contracts have already been handed out, the fattest checks already written. 

That means it's a decent time to look at projected starters for the Redskins. Of course things can change, particularly by what happens later this month during the NFL Draft, but of 22 players in the Washington starting lineup, many of the spots seem quite settled. 

These are just projections. Players will get hurt, trades could happen, there will be additional guys signed. Still, the Redskins are working to rebuild their house, and a few weeks into the official 2020 NFL season, the framework has been laid down. 

Projected Offensive starters
QB: Dwayne Haskins - 2nd year with Redskins - The 15th overall pick last year gets his first real offseason as starter. Or sort of an offseason as the Coronavirus has ended all official team gatherings for now. Yes, Kyle Allen will challenge Haskins, but Week 1 of the regular season, the former Ohio State star will be under center. 

RB: Adrian Peterson - 3rd year with Redskins - Washington picked up the veteran runner’s contract for 2020 and Ron Rivera has spoken highly of the future Hall of Fame. If Derrius Guice gets back to full health he will take the top spot, but that’s an if for now. J.D. McKissic will shine as the third-down back, and maybe more, for Scott Turner’s offense. 

WR: Terry McLaurin - 2nd year with Redskins - Duh. He’s a stud. Washington’s best draft pick in a long time. 

WR2: WRX - ? - This might belong to Kelvin Harmon, but right now, that’s anything but a lock. The Redskins tried hard to sign Amari Cooper and might still be working in the trade market or at the draft to get another wideout to start opposite McLaurin. 

WR3: Steven Sims - 2nd year with Redskins - Showed a lot of potential as a rookie but needs to work on routes and his hands. Explosive playmaker though. 

TE: Logan Thomas - 1st year with Redskins - Thomas played 16 games last year in Detroit, and while Richard Rodgers has more name value and touchdown production on his resume, he hasn’t started a game since 2017. Thomas will come in healthy and considered the better blocker, which for now might be enough to win this competition. This is BY FAR the Redskins weakest position group, and maybe a Trent Williams trade or the NFL Draft will produce a viable starting candidate. For now? It’s not pretty. 

RT: Morgan Moses - 7th season with Redskins - Owner of the longest consecutive start streak on the Redskins, Moses will make his 81st start at right tackle this fall. Not much to discuss here.

RG: Brandon Scherff - 6th season with Redskins - The only debate is if Scherff will have a long-term deal by September. He’s the Redskins best offensive lineman and has already signed his franchise tag for 2020. 

C: Chase Roullier - 4th season with Redskins - Roullier has started 37 games for the Redskins in three years. Not bad for a 6th-round pick out of Wyoming. He keeps the job.

LG: Wes Martin - 2nd season with Redskins - Some might think newly signed free agent guard Wes Schweitzer gets this job but don’t let the glitzy contract numbers fool you. Sure, Schweitzer technically signed a three-year, $13 million contract, but the reality is Washington only guaranteed $4 million and none of it carries over beyond this year. He’s a backup swing guard. Martin performed reasonably well as a rookie last year filling in for Scherff, and he wins the left guard job outright this summer in Richmond. 

LT: Cornelius Lucas - 1st season with Redskins - A pleasant surprise for the Bears in 2019, he started eight games at a productive level in Chicago last year. He’s also huge. HUGE. Lucas is listed at 6-foot-8 and 327 lbs., but was considered a project coming out of Kansas State back in 2014. Now after six years in the NFL and a healthy full season in Chicago, it seems like Lucas has figured out how to use his body somewhat effectively. Listen, he’s not Trent Williams, nobody is, but Williams isn’t playing for this team ever again. The Redskins could draft a tackle and Rivera won’t be scared to play a rookie, but that won’t happen until the third round at the earliest. Lucas can play, maybe at a similar level to what Donald Penn delivered last year. Geron Christian could and should push for this job, but when he has gotten on the field before, it hasn't been all that impressive. 

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