Not many new head coaches must confront a better problem than Ron Rivera does with the second overall pick. The Redskins will either draft Ohio State defensive end Chase Young or trade the pick for a bevy of additional selections.

Both options are good, if not great, but one is better. 

Unless a trade offer emerges like the Redskins sent to the Rams in 2012 for the draft rights to Robert Griffin III, Rivera’s first pick in charge of the Washington war room should be an easy decision. 

Take Chase Young. 

He’s a physical freak that some scouts say is better than 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, another physical freak out of Ohio State. No team, ever, can have too many pass rushers, and the addition of Young would give new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio a host of options off the edge. 

Contractually it makes sense too. The Redskins drafted Montez Sweat in the first round last year, He finished with seven sacks, and looks poised for a breakout sophomore campaign. 

Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson are both in the final year of their contracts. Kerrigan is obviously the bigger deal, he’s just one sack away from the franchise record, but he also carries a nearly $12 million cap hit in 2020. Kerrigan could be a cap casualty, but he also could be the perfect fit for Rivera looking for veteran leadership.

With or without Kerrigan, there will be room for Young. He had 16.5 sacks in 12 games last year at Ohio State. He made explosive plays throughout the year, and before a mid-season two-game suspension due to contact with an agent, Young was a serious contender for the Heisman trophy. 


Chase Young is that good. 

All of that said, if a trade offer does emerge with multiple first-round picks, the Redskins must consider their options. If the offer does not contain multiple first, the Redskins shouldn’t even pick up the phone. 

Could Tua-mania impact the second overall pick? Sure, but that could be a bigger deal for the Lions with the third overall pick. 

Any trade conversation is pure speculation. The prospect of Chase Young is very real. 

You know what they say about a bird in hand...

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