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The Redskins are showing interest in the top QBs in the draft, smoke or fire?

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Tua trade down, or not tua trade down?

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It's lying season, and the NFL Scouting Combine usually produces some juicy rumors as reporters, agents, draft prospects, coaches, and team executives all converge in Indianapolis. The Redskins have the #2 pick in this draft and will likely have their pick of everyone not named Joe Burrow on April 23rd in Las Vegas. Chase Young has been written onto their card with a big sharpie since they got the pick by most people, but nothing is guaranteed with Ron Rivera taking over the Redskins organization.

Washington used the 15th pick last year to select QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. and he has had a rough time since entering the league. Reports immediately came out that the pick came from owner Dan Snyder, and the coaches/scouts didn't want a QB in the 1st round. They even traded back into the 1st round to get OLB Montez Sweat, a player the scouts were reportedly very high on.

Haskins was reportedly slow to pick up the offense, and needed to put more time into the playbook. He was behind veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. Haskins didn't see playing time in a regular season game until Week 4 against the Giants, and he didn't exactly light it up.

More rumors were reported during the season. Jay Gruden was fired, and interim Head Coach Bill Callahan named him the starter after he came in for Keenum vs the Vikings in Week 8. Haskins showed improvement throughout the rest of the year, before a high-ankle sprain shut him down in Week 17.

Did Haskins show enough to new Washington Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera during his rookie season? Rivera reportedly presented his plan to owner Dan Snyder during his interview for the job. He has said the Panthers had a 1st round grade on him last year. He is also looking to push the 2nd-year QB, and has publicly said he will bring in competition.

Back to lying season and the reports that are coming out of the Combine. Michael Silver reports that drafting a QB at #2 is a very serious possibility, especially with the positive reports about Tua Tagovailoa's season-ending hip injury. The Redskins love Chase Young, but they might love a crazy trade down offer even more and are obviously playing the media game to put the idea out there that if they want Tua, #2 is the spot to trade for.

Dwayne Haskins Jr. has plenty of detractors in the media who say the Redskins shouldn't pass on Tua just because they went QB in the 1st last year. We also have ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. saying the Redskins shouldn't pass on taking the Alabama QB at #2(he's mocked Chase Young at #2 in every mock draft).

This is all good for the Redskins, and their odds of trading down to acquire multiple high picks this year and in 2021. But what about Haskins? He's been getting beaten up since entering the league, and not just the hits he's taken behind the Redskins patchwork offensive line. Rivera has said that Haskins understands the process, and the Redskins are just doing their due diligence by bringing in QBs Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa for pre-draft visits. He's had a chip on his shoulder since entering the league, so hopefully this fires him up for the coming season and competition that he will face every year in the league.

Poll

What will the Redskins do with the #2 pick?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Draft Chase Young
    (756 votes)
  • 13%
    Draft Tua Tagovailoa
    (179 votes)
  • 0%
    Draft someone else
    (9 votes)
  • 28%
    Trade down
    (377 votes)
1321 votes total Vote Now