As soon as the 2019 season concluded and the Redskins landed the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the photoshops of Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young in a Redskins uniform appeared everywhere on social media. With LSU's Joe Burrow the consensus No. 1 overall pick to Cincinnati, Young to Washington seemed all but a sure thing.
But what the Redskins should do with the No. 2 pick has become a hot topic of discussion during Super Bowl week.
NBC Sports' Peter King believes the Redskins can "remake their franchise" in just one year by dealing the pick. Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin was asked about Young, his former Ohio State Buckeye teammate, and raved about the pass rusher. Chris Simms doesn't believe Washington should lock in on Young. There are plenty of pros and cons to both sides.
Former NFL quarterback and longtime analyst Danny Kanell joined the Redskins Talk podcast, and his opinion what the Redskins should do with the pick was easy.
"I think 1 and 2, with [Joe] Burrow and Chase Young, are no brainers," Kanell said. "The Cincinnati Bengals take Joe Burrow, and you don't think twice. I think the same thing with what the Redskins should do is take Chase Young and don't even think twice."
Kanell's statement is music to the ears of many Redskins fans. Even with a talented defensive line, Washington struggled to get pressure on the quarterback in 2019. With the addition of Young, many feel the defensive line will be able to transform similarly to how San Francisco's did this season with the arrival of Nick Bosa.
While Young would certainly improve the Redskins defense, Kanell said Washington would be "doing a disservice" if they didn't at least entertain any team that comes calling about trading for the No. 2 overall pick.
"What has been the trend lately? Teams overdraft," Kanell said. "They are desperate to find quarterbacks. If you find a team that is desperate enough to give you a stupid trade, then you have to listen."
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, who is expected to be a top-10 selection, just earned Senior Bowl MVP honors last week. His stock is only going to rise, and might put pressure on a team like the Dolphins at No. 5 or the Chargers at No. 6 to trade up in order to secure the signal-caller.
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa was also expected to be a high selection, maybe even the No. 1 overall pick, before he dislocated his hip in November. But Tagovailoa still declared for the draft, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery. He could be another quarterback teams consider trading up for.
But unless the Redskins get an amazing offer, one that likely will require the other team to give up multiple first-round picks, Kanell believes the Redskins should stay put and take Young.
"But outside of any stupid offer that's just silly, you take Chase Young and you don't even think twice," he said.
In just 12 games, Young finished with 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a junior, despite constantly being double- and triple-teamed. But in his final three games, Young failed to record a sack and had just 1.5 tackles for loss.
While Young's production fell off towards the end of the season, Kanell isn't worried about his translation to the next level.
"Chase Young I think is going to translate," Kanell said. "There was some concern that he somewhat disappeared late in the season. But in my mind, when I watched him, I think he was protecting himself somewhat. [He's] three to four months away from being a multi-millionaire, it's human nature."
Additionally, he mentioned that teams were specifically game-planning for Young, due to him being significantly more difficult of a matchup than his counterparts. But in the NFL, there's too much talent for teams to gear in on just one player.
"Teams were doubling him, game-planning specifically for him. You can get away with that in college," Kanell said. "But in the NFL, they'll do it a little bit, but there are other talented pieces around you. They'll try, but he's that good that it will be a no brainer and it will work."
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