Moments before it was announced that Chase Young would be a Washington Redskin, safety Landon Collins joined NBC Sports Washington's 'Redskins on the Clock' panel to discuss what he would like to see the team do with the No. 2 overall pick.
For Collins, the choice was an easy one.
“I’m taking Chase Young, everybody knows that’s the guy," Collins said.
Just minutes after giving his selection, the real selection came in. The Redskins and Collins were on the same page, as Young was officially joining the defense. At that moment, the safety couldn't help but let a huge smile creep across his face as he clapped and cheered.
“I’m so excited. This is a guy we needed," Collins said. "Going to definitely change our defensive front, going to bring havoc to other offenses. Definitely get the game changed around for us.”
Though he hasn't played a single snap with him yet, Collins sees Young in the same light as other game-changing defenders. With his size and skillset, he believes the Redskins are getting a dominant player.
“He reminds me of guys like Von Miller, Khalil Mack," Collins said. "Guys that are going to change the game.”
In terms of how he'll change the game for the Redskins, Collins sees Young as someone who can use his skills to make the entire teams better. Not only will his pass-rushing abilities allow him to get to the quarterback often, but it will also allow others to do the same. The more attention Young commands the more freedom other pass rushers will have.
Already loaded with talent up front, Collins also knows that Young provides Washington with even more depth. A rotation of Young, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan and Tim Settle is not only lethal, but it keeps everyone fresh and ready to make the big play when needed.
With all that pressure that Young and others create, it means opposing quarterbacks will have to get the ball out sooner. For a ball-hawking safety like Collins, it's hard not to like the idea of the newest Redskin giving him more opportunities to make plays in the secondary.
“It’s easy on the backend, for sure," Collins said.
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