The Redskins did their due diligence exploring all avenues they could take with the No. 2 pick over the past four months. Throughout the draft process, they fielded multiple trade offers for the selection and checked out the top QB prospects, too.
But when it came time for the Burgundy and Gold to make their selection on Thursday evening, head coach Ron Rivera and his staff decided to take Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, a move many expected the team to make.
Shortly after adding Young -- a pass rusher many draft experts deemed the best overall player in the draft -- Rivera spoke with Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, about why they decided to go that direction with the pick.
"This is a young man that we’ve watched for quite some time," Rivera said. "We had an opportunity to visit with him at the Combine and we really liked what we heard. We really did."
The new Redskins head coach said he has watched a lot of Young's tape over the past few seasons and was quite impressed with what he saw.
"[He's played] a lot of good football he played the last couple of years," Rivera said. "Probably as good as anybody I’ve seen. And he’s a guy that can come in and impact our football team. Not just his position, not just the defense, but our football team."
As recently as Thursday morning, the Redskins were still fielding calls about potential trade offers for the pick. Rivera mentioned that the Redskins would have needed an offer that would have blown them away in order to part with the No. 2 spot.
"It had to be something that really would have been very, very enticing," Rivera said.
The Atlanta Falcons, who entered the draft with the 16th pick, were one of the teams rumored to have called Washington about trading for the No. 2.
Rivera mentioned that a few other teams in Atlanta's area of the draft inquired about the pick as well, but the head coach didn't feel he'd be able to get an impact player like Young by moving down that far back in the draft.
"And the thing about it, too, we were at No. 2 and a few of the teams that we talked to were in the second half of the first round," Rivera said. "You’re not going to get the type of player that we’re talking about right now. That’s the thing that you really can’t do. If you move that far back your top guys aren’t going to be there."
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