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How the 49ers are proof that the Redskins should absolutely draft Chase Young

How the 49ers are proof that the Redskins should absolutely draft Chase Young

An OVERwhelming amount of mock drafts project the Redskins to select Chase Young with the second overall pick this April, and that's an outcome a majority of fans want to see as well.

However, a subset of fans exist who would prefer Washington to trade down and let someone else land Young while the team collects more picks. And a main argument that subset of fans uses sounds something like, "Well, the Redskins clearly aren't one player away, so they should bypass Young and find a way to add extra talent."

That argument? It's fine. It's OK. It sounds logical.

But for those who are using that argument, consider what the 49ers have done in recent drafts. Perhaps that'll sway your opinion.

In 2015, San Fran drafted D-lineman Arik Armstead with the 17th overall pick.

In 2016, they added DeForest Buckner at No. 7.

In 2017, they nabbed Soloman Thomas third overall.

And in 2019, they took Nick Bosa with the same pick the Redskins will have in a few months.

This year, during a run that'll at least include an NFC title game appearance, those four combined for 28.5 of the defense's 48 sacks, with Armstead, Bosa and Buckner finishing first, second and third in that category.

Over a stretch of five drafts, the Niners loaded up on pass rushers and D-line difference-makers. They kept investing at that vital spot (they also traded for Dee Ford this past offseason) and eventually, that heavy focus tipped the scales and made that aspect of their defense unstoppable.

Now, that strategy is far from the only reason the organization has become one of the league's best on the field. Securing Jimmy Garoppolo has obviously mattered a ton, as has the chemistry between coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch. They've also acquired a host of dangerous running backs to help pace the offense.

That said, by overloading at that one place — even when some would be content with, say, doing so in back-to-back Aprils, as opposed to going so hard and addressing it in four out of five — the 49ers eventually ended up with a deadly rotation of premium players.

The Redskins could very well be on the precipice of accomplishing the same thing in D.C.

The Burgundy and Gold snagged first-round, front line defenders in 2017 (Jonathan Allen), 2018 (Daron Payne) and 2019 (Montez Sweat) and have also seen 2016 fifth-rounder Matt Ioannidis develop into a star. Those four, along with Ryan Kerrigan, have all had their moments. Together, though, they haven't become feared.

Young, though, may be just the person to initiate a unit-wide breakthrough. On defense, at least, the Redskins very well could be one player away, making Young the ideal prospect to trust when it's their turn on the clock.

Putting the Ohio State product alongside Allen, Payne, Ioannidis and Kerrigan, and in Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio's scheme, has the potential to be explosive. 

Sure, the odds of Young helping the Redskins go from second in the draft to the second-to-last weekend in a single year are low. As pointed out, plenty of other important factors clicked for San Fran to make that happen.

Yet Young could be the piece that causes the team's defense to go from disappointing to dominant. Yes, they've already spent so much on that part of the depth chart, but one more investment may be all the Redskins need to see their recent decisions finally all collectively pay off.

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A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

A house for mom, dinner for his linemen and a custom Bentley: How Dwayne Haskins spent his first million

Dwayne Haskins learned a lot in his first go-round in the NFL, including just how much work is required to be a successful starting QB and how intense a typical season with the Redskins can be.

He also was exposed to the dark reality of taxes for the first time, which are far scarier than even the most devastating opposing pass rush.

In a video for GQ Sports and their "My First Million" series, Haskins discussed how he, well, spent his first million dollars as a pro. It's an epic tale, one filled with wild stories and useful lessons — including the following relatable take.

"Taxes are no joke, bro," he said.

The biggest choice the first-rounder made for himself was to pick out a custom-made Bentley that cost him $250,000. He loves it and calls it "my baby" and the "Batmobile." He's also now out of the vehicle-purchasing game for a while because of it.

"I'm not buying no more cars," Haskins said. "Not a very great investment to buy cars."

Next up for the passer was to take care of his mom, so he paid for a house that totaled about $750,000. 

"Being able to just, 'Hey mom, I've got a surprise for you, here's a house,'" Haskins recalled. "Definitely made those 14-plus years of hard work worth it."

So, that's all, right? Those two items add up to a million, so we're done here? 

Well, the house isn't technically for Haskins, so therefore, it doesn't take up room on his ledger. So the story continued.

The 22-year-old committed about $70,000 to jewelry and has about $5,000 to $7,000 set aside for a vacation to the Bahamas he's got planned for next month. He also has an estimated $10,000 in murals at his place and spent about $40,000 on clothes, including some suits to wear on game day and to events.

Then, there was a rookie dinner, where he had to treat his offensive linemen to a meal. Those guys didn't go the salad route, either.

"Of course they ordered all the appetizers, all the steaks they can get," he said. "They do not want to go to Applebee's. They want to go to the best steak place they can find... I'll do it again if I have to."

For a guy who didn't have to pay for much in college aside from a car note and maybe some bills at the library, it was quite a transition into adulthood and moneyhood. He's taken steps to hire a financial adviser and put his earnings into "different buckets," though, and seems confident he'll be in good shape for a long time.

Plus, if he excels in the coming seasons, there'll be plenty more millions coming his way. And by then, he won't be surprised when a lot of that goes to taxes.

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Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Report: CBA proposal would change NFL playoff structure, add 7th spot in both conferences

Teams on the brink of the playoffs could receive a big boost in the upcoming NFL season. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league's new collective bargaining agreement proposal would add an additional playoff spot in both conferences and eliminate a first-round bye for the second seed, ultimately creating a six-game slate for Wild Card weekend. 

There's growing confidence that the players and owners can strike an agreement, and that could come as early as next week, according to Schefter.

That optimism comes less than a month after NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith hinted that a two-year strike may be necessary for the players to receive everything they're seeking in the new deal. 

If the proposal gets passed through, the league would implement the playoff changes for the 2020-2021 season. 

Players that are on the top-seeded team in each conference would also receive pay during the first-round bye, which is not the case under the current agreement. 

There are still issues to resolve before the two sides reach an agreement, according to ESPN. Chief among those issues is the back-and-forth about allowing the possibility of a 17-game regular season, which the league would not phase in until at least 2021. 

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