Looking at it with a short-term view, the Redskins lost to the Giants on Sunday. Looking at it with a long-term view, though, the Redskins might be big-time winners.

That result versus New York, when combined with Miami's win over Cincinnati, means that Washington now moves ahead of both of them in the 2020 draft order and into the No. 2 slot. 

And with one more loss next Sunday, the Redskins will cement their standing in that slot.

So, you shouldn't necessarily start clearing out room in your closet for a Chase Young Burgundy and Gold jersey, but the franchise took a major step toward being in position to land the Ohio State pass rusher next April.

Of course, the draft is months away, so late-December projections about what'll happen once it arrives shouldn't be taken as guaranteed. But the path to Young landing in Washington sure looks pretty simple as of now.

The Bengals will be picking first, and with their QB issues and the way Joe Burrow has played for LSU this year, it seems like a lock that they'll draft him. That would leave Young — if he departs OSU, which he reportedly intends to do even though he recently said he wasn't thinking about it — on the board for the Redskins.

It has been a d.i.s.a.p.p.o.i.n.t.i.n.g. year for the organization, which now is 3-12. But if they can end up with Young, who was a Heisman finalist for the Buckeyes and looks like a potential defensive terror off the edge, perhaps these dark four months will be worth it.


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