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Will the Redskins draft Chase Young? Dwayne Haskins hopes so

Will the Redskins draft Chase Young? Dwayne Haskins hopes so

It's been a rough campaign for the Redskins this season. Washington finished 3-13 and winless in the division, their worst record since 2013.

But on the bright side, Washington is slated to select second overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, giving them the chance to add a tremendous talent to an already promising young group.

With the No. 2 overall selection, many believe the Redskins will select Chase Young, as the Bengals will likely take LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Joe Burrow. Young is a highly-touted pass rusher from Ohio State.

Should the Redskins take Young with the second overall selection, the edge rusher would reunite with multiple former Buckeye teammates, including quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

The rookie quarterback was asked about Young on Monday during the Redskins locker room cleanout, and Haskins smiled when describing his former teammate and the draft.

"Two words: Chase Young. That's all you got to say," Haskins said. "He's somebody who's like a game-wrecker, someone very hard to stop."

In just 12 games, Young finished with a Big Ten record 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He dominated the line of scrimmage while constantly being double- and sometimes triple-teamed.

Like Haskins, Young grew up in a Washington, D.C. suburb and is a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. 

"He's from this area, so we'll see what happens," Haskins said.

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DeAngelo Hall unsure that Dwayne Haskins can be Redskins starting QB

DeAngelo Hall unsure that Dwayne Haskins can be Redskins starting QB

As the NFL Draft creeps closer the discussion around the Redskins options with the second overall pick becomes more divisive, and much of that centers around quarterback Dwayne Haskins. 

Former Redskins cornerback and team captain DeAngelo Hall made no secret around what he thinks will happen for Haskins in Washington, and it's not good news. 

"The jury is still out on this kid," Hall said of Haskins during an NFL Network segment. 

When Ron Rivera took over as Redskins coach he brought a new type of energy to the building, and Hall doesn't think the 2019 15th overall pick will thrive.

"I don’t think Dwayne Haskins is going to respond," Hall said. "Ron Rivera is an old school mentality type of coach. He wants competition. These young guys they want things given to them."

it doesn't help that the Redskins traded a fifth-round pick to get Kyle Allen, another young passer that played for Rivera the last two seasons in Carolina. To Hall, that move was a telling sign of the Redskins organizational belief in Haskins going forward.

"With Kyle Allen breathing down your throat you are not going to be able to make many mistakes. I love the kid but I don’t know how [Haskins] wins the starting job. I really don’t, with Ron Rivera knowing Kyle Allen. They traded a fifth-round pick for him."

Hall's comments make sense, especially considering that Rivera and new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner worked closely with Allen last season. He will come to Washington already familiar with the offense and the scheme while Haskins will be playing catch up. It doesn't help either that due to Coronavirus concerns the Redskins won't have any in-person offseason work, a vital time for Haskins to get up to speed and build familiarity with the new coaching staff. 

The other side of that equation is that despite an awful start to his rookie season, Haskins closed strong with his two best performances. He has a ton of talent and more mobility that people thought coming out of college, and while Rivera publicly challenged Haskins when he first took the job, the coach's tone changed about his QB during the NFL Scouting Combine. Rivera said more than once he was impressed by Haskins' work ethic and near constant presence at Redskins Park in the days before Coronavirus shut everything down. 

Allen had almost the opposite performance in 2019. He started strong but regressed as the season went on. It's important to note too that after the Allen trade, Rivera said that he believes Haskins will go into training camp as the starting QB, words that weren't on accident. 

Regardless, there will be a competition between Haskins and Allen this summer when the Redskins get back on the practice field, and Hall thinks it's Allen's job to lose. 


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Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

Will the Dolphins trade with the Redskins on draft night? A Miami beat writer gives his prediction

If you're a Redskins fan, you're asking yourself three things these days:

1) What is Washington going to do with Trent Williams?

2) What is Washington going to do with the second pick in the draft?

3) When am I going to be allowed out of my house again?

While the first and third questions are certainly important, Dolphins beat writer Safid Deen joined the Redskins Talk podcast to try and help answer that middle one.

To begin the interview, JP Finlay asked Deen if he believes Miami will ultimately decide to do a deal with the Burgundy and Gold and move in behind Cincinnati. Deen doesn't believe so as of now, but he also understands how things change when the much-anticipated event finally arrives.

"If you ask me now, today, 20-something days before the draft, I would say no, they're not going to get desperate," Deen said on Wednesday. "But we all know, as soon as that clock hits, as soon as that clock starts, as soon as the pressure starts rising, we'll see how these Dolphins really respond to any kind of pressure from other teams to move up or move down."

"Conventional wisdom says this team moves up in the draft," he added. "You move up with Detroit or you move up with Washington and you go and get Tua if you really want him."

The Dolphins have long been linked to Tua Tagovailoa, and the Alabama product's recent "overwhelmingly positive" medical tests may be enough to convince them to swoop in and select him. That said, he's not the only passer they're considering.

"[Tua is who] they're all in on, but they've been doing their research," he told Redskins Talk. "Justin Herbert and Jordan Love, those are two guys who have been really examined."

According to Deen, Love, in particular, is someone who's enticing the Dolphins. The Utah State signal-caller offers upside and also possesses the kind of personality that could unite a locker room. 

Now, could their interest really just be "interest" as they attempt to throw other organizations off before ultimately pouncing on Tagovailoa? Of course; this is the NFL, where if you aren't lying, you aren't trying. Deen, however, sees taking a QB other than Tua as a serious possibility.

To close his time on the pod, Deen was pushed to give his prediction for how the first round will unfold for Miami. In his mind, all of the pre-draft chatter won't result in any major movement, as long as teams behind the Dolphins like the Chargers and the Raiders don't get too aggressive, too.

"The Dolphins have to call everybody's bluff here," he said. "I don't think the Dolphins really need to go out of their way to move up."

To see more of Safid Deen's interview with JP Finlay, tune into Mock Draft Monday, a new show that premieres Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.