Chase Young seems like a lock for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. After an incredible junior season with Ohio State in 2019, the defensive end is considered to be potentially the best overall prospect in this year’s draft class.
In most every mock draft, Young is slated as the No. 2 overall pick, behind only LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Many anticipate the Cincinnati Bengals will go with the homegrown gunslinger with the top overall selection come late April.
That means the Washington Redskins will have the opportunity to select Young with the No. 2 overall pick. And that’s something that ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. says the organization can’t pass on.
“If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade,” Kiper Jr. wrote in his latest mock draft. “Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don’t have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.”
Washington has already had success drafting former Buckeyes in the best. Haskins appears to be the leader in the clubhouse to be the next starting quarterback for the franchise, and wide receiver Terry McLaurin made a huge splash in his rookie season.
Young could be the next slam-dunk selection the Redskins make. And the organization is getting the green light from Kiper to jump at Young with the second pick.