The second wave of free agency is over. The Redskins have made a lot of moves so far as Ron Rivera continues to remake a 3-13 roster from last year. Washington has signed 13 free agents from other teams, and re-signed 3 of their own players.
The Redskins still have 7 draft picks after all of the moves over the last few weeks. This includes the #2 overall pick which many people expect them to use on Ohio State DE Chase Young. The Tua Tagovailoa hype has picked up a little since last week’s roundup. There’s also a few more options at trade downs. And even an offensive lineman at #2!
We’re a little over 3 weeks from the NFL draft that is still scheduled to happen April 23-25. A lot can change between now and then. What happens with the Redskins 1st round pick this year?
Washington sends pick #2 and pick #108 while Miami sends pick #5, #18, #39, and pick #70
5. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Washington misses out on the chance to add Chase Young to their roster, but they rebound by adding an elite cornerback prospect in Okudah. Okudah, plus several added picks, brings so much more value to the Redskins roster that cannot be ignored. After losing Josh Norman and trading Quinton Dunbar, Washington can boost their corner room with an elite piece right away.
18. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
The writing on the wall is that All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams will be leaving Washington either via a trade or release. If that happens, Washington needs a new left tackle. Luckily, this draft has plenty of them to choose from. With the trade down with Miami, Washington has the assets to either take one here at 18 or trade-up if they feel the need to.
39. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
66. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
70. Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
Miami sends picks Nos. 5 and 18 in exchange for pick No. 2.
5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Having traded back, Washington can still grab an immediate impact player picking from the fifth spot. Cornerback is a need, even with the acquisition of Kendall Fuller, and Ron Rivera’s defense gets a prototypical coverage corner who can start on Week 1. Okudah has great footwork, elite movement skills and ideal size and length to be a lockdown NFL corner. He can play press man and off-technique, and he can also click-and-close when playing in zone coverage.
Last season, Okudah allowed just 27 receptions on 58 targets, for only 282 yards and a 45.3 passer rating when targeted. According to charting data from Pro Football Focus, he allowed just two receptions on the 11 targets of more than 20 yards downfield. Furthermore, Okudah has not allowed more than 50 yards receiving in any game over the past two seasons. As PFF wrote of him in its draft guide: “Okudah really does have it all. The ‘cons’ on his scouting report were some of the most difficult to write of any prospect in the class. He not only has a high floor, but everything you want for a high ceiling.”
18. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Having traded out of the second spot, Washington is on the clock again in the first round. The addition of Jeff Okudah earlier provides a top-flight cornerback, and now Washington can turn to the offensive line with this selection.
The relationship with left tackle Trent Williams seems strained beyond repair, meaning Washington should look to address that position with this selection. Trading back to 18 puts them out of range for one of the top four tackles, but there are two others making some first-round noise: Austin Jackson from USC and Josh Jones from Houston.
The Redskins roll with Jones, who put together a solid week of work in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. There are some, including Pro Football Focus and Jim Nagy, executive director of the Senior Bowl, that put Jones alongside the top four tackles in the draft.
Jones has been almost dominant as a pass blocker over his time at Houston. PFF charted him with allowing just 18 pressures on 1,282 pass blocking snaps over the past three years. By contrast, according to PFF’s charting, the Redskins’ starting tackle tandem last year of Morgan Moses and Donald Penn allowed 37 and 34 pressures, respectively.
While trading out of the No. 2 spot means Washington passes on Chase Young, coming out of the draft with a lockdown cornerback and a potential bedrock left tackle in the first round would be a haul.
5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
This represents the best-case-scenario for Washington. Move back, get extra (very much needed) picks and still get a lockdown cornerback to bolster the secondary. Washington gets Miami’s third first-round pick (No. 26 overall) next year’s first, plus the Dolphins’ pick early in Round 3 (No. 70 overall) and a sixth-rounder (No. 186 overall) in the trade back.
26. Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
In moving back from No. 2 to No. 5, the Redskins pass on Tagovailoa and Young but land Okudah and a future franchise offensive tackle in Cleveland, who has the athleticism to be that type of player.
5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Redskins are making out just fine in this draft so far. Sure, they could’ve had a sure-thing starting quarterback. But they’ll roll with Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen for now.
Instead, they’ve locked up the No. 2 non-quarterback in the class. Okudah may even end up being more valuable than Young, given that competent secondary play is with each passing year looking more critical than pass-rush. Okudah allowed a passer rating of just 45.3 when targeted last year, per PFF.
18. Grant Delpit, DB, LSU
Washington might’ve been hoping McKinney would fall to them, but they get a close No. 2 at the position in Delpit, who was named the top defensive back in college football last year.
The tackling issues are real, and they’re alarming, but what Delpit can do from a coverage perspective is still a first-round value.
There are two ways to generate incredible value with the No. 2 overall pick: draft a franchise quarterback or trade back and accumulate more picks. The Redskins should at least consider Tagovailoa, but a trade back is best for their long-term prospects, as they can now add three potential starters to a depleted roster.
5. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Washington’s trade down allows it to fill two holes on a weak roster, starting with the left tackle of the future in Thomas. He’s the best combination of pass- and run-blocker in the draft, as he is the only tackle in the class to rank in the top three in both departments last season (89.0 pass-block grade, 91.4 run-block grade).
18. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Redskins now walk away from the first round with two starters on offense rather than one Chase Young, and that’s a win from a team-building standpoint. Shenault adds an offensive weapon who can line up outside or in the slot while creating after the catch with running back-like skills (7.4 YAC/reception on 150 career catches).
Pro Football Focus(Eager/Chahrouri)
Miami sends pick #5, #18, #39
5. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Sometimes things work out, as Young ends up in Washington after all, with Detroit and New York vying for more valuable positions with their picks. (Here’s our article on Young’s statistical comps.) Getting a player of Young’s caliber, along with Landon Collins and Montez Sweat last year and Kendall Fuller this year, will be a great start towards rebuilding their defense in a weak NFC East.
18. Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Cleveland’s impressive combine workouts put his pass-blocking athleticism score in the same ballpark as Tyron Smith, David Bakhtiari and Laremy Tunsil. While he projects to give up a slightly higher pressure rate, beggars can’t be choosers, and the Redskins may need to provide some protection to their young quarterback. With Trent Williams ever the question mark, Cleveland helps build a strong line in the capital while making a trade more feasible.
6. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Simmons is the queen of the chess board. He won’t come off the field and can play multiple positions.
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
I expect Washington to at least listen to some trade offers. But at the end of the day, it’d be really tough for the Redskins to pass on the most talented player in the draft class and one of the best pass-rushing prospects I’ve ever seen. Young posted a nation-leading 16.5 sacks, and he missed two games.
The Washington Redskins should entertain offers and ideas at No. 2 overall before making the pick, but unless a team is willing to give up multiple first-rounders in order to get Tua Tagovailoa, the Redskins should sit tight and make the best player in the 2020 class their newest member.
Chase Young is a special pass-rusher with tools like Myles Garrett or Khalil Mack. He’s fast, slippery and tough coming off the edge and has a full toolbox of moves. No, he’s not Nick Bosa against the run, but his quickness and all-around athleticism are actually better.
He isn’t a true need pick for Washington, which is why trading down might be intriguing, but Young is the best player and gives head coach Ron Rivera a chance to start his tenure in D.C. with a dynamic front seven on defense.
Round 3: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Round 4: Matt Peart, OT, UConn
Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
Round 5: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
Round 7: Cale Garrett, LB, Missouri
Trystan Colon-Castillo, OT, Missouri
Chase Young is the best player in this draft class and the Redskins have needs up and down the roster. Put another way: DO NOT DRAFT A QB HERE.
Round 3: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
If the Redskins are building around Dwayne Haskins they’ll need to get him more weapons.
The Redskins take the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft and could form a legendary defensive line with Young, Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne and Montez Sweat. The problem will be retaining them all, but Washington could look to deal with that a few years from now.
Young (6-5, 264) dominated a lot of the opponents Ohio State played this season and missed two games with a suspension. He has some size to him to go along with speed and athleticism off the edge. With his superb first-step, pass-rushing moves, agility, and ability to close, Young looks like a future Pro Bowler who annually produces double-digit sacks. In 2019, Young had 16.5 sacks with 46 tackles, six forced fumbles, three passes batted and a blocked kick. With the way that Young dominated in 2019, he is the top prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft regardless of position.
With Nick Bosa injured for most of 2018, Young took advantage of the opportunity to have a breakout season. In 2018, he recorded 34 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, five passes broken up and two forced fumbles. As a freshman, he totaled 19 tackles with 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Round 3: Terrance Steele, OT, Texas Tech
The Redskins could use more offensive line talent to protect Dwayne Haskins.
Steele had a quality senior season that helped his draft stock. Teams like his length on the edge, including his arms reaching almost 36 inches. Steele is a good athlete and has starting size for the NFL. For the pros, team sources say Steele (6-6, 312) is more of a left tackle who might have some backup swing tackle ability to start out his NFL career. Some believe Steele is a better prospect than Le’Raven Clark, a Texas Tech offensive tackle who was a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
This is another no-brainer pick. Unless Washington gets a huge offer from a QB-needy team trying to jump ahead of everyone else on the board, this has to be the selection. Young is the best overall prospect in this year’s class, which makes him a steal anywhere else but No. 1 overall.
Round 3: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Jason La Canfora reported on Monday that the Redskins are ‘increasingly open to trading out of the number-two-overall pick. It might make sense that the Redskins would want to trade down in order to draft more players, especially after missing out on their biggest offensive targets in Free Agency, Austin Hooper and Amari Cooper. However, it makes more sense that this is simply the Redskins letting everyone know that the pick is for sale —for the right price...because, well...everything has a price. If the Dolphins offered all three of their first-round picks and a sweetener or two on the deal, the Redskins would HAVE to strongly consider such a huge package in return.
History shows that trading down is just about always better value, but Chase Young is an elite player at the second-most-important position in football. The Redskins will take him. Just under four weeks away from the 2020 NFL Draft, the top two picks remain the same. No matter how much chatter arises between now and then, these two picks will remain the same. Bet on it.
Round 3: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
The addition of Kyle Allen signals that Washington might be more comfortable sticking at No. 2 overall and taking Young rather than venturing down the path of Tua Tagovailoa. They form one of the better pass rush units in the NFL.
Round 3: Cameron Dantzler, CB Mississippi State
Washington got rid of Quinton Dunbar and Josh Norman so it is ushering in a new age with Ron Rivera. Dantzler can be a part of that plan.
No change here. Ron Rivera has been filling his defense with low-cost veterans in addition to signing cornerback Kendall Fuller to a four-year, $40 million contract. But there’s still room for Young, who could follow in Nick Bosa’s footsteps from a year ago as an impact edge rusher out of Ohio State becoming the second pick in the draft.
Washington adds who I believe is the top player in the entire draft by selecting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. The Redskins jump at the chance of adding Young to a defensive front that already includes Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis.
Rumors have suggested Washington could take a quarterback here or look to trade down, but with Chase Young on the board, they’re going all-in on a stud edge rusher. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Young has great size and quickness off the edge and can absolutely take over games. Young finished the season with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles to cap a first team All-American campaign.
Young is an easy evaluation. You can see how he won in college translating to the NFL. There’s a strong chance the Redskins receive incredible offers for this pick, so they must ask themselves if Young impacts the team to the degree of quality present and future picks teams might be willing to trade. Note: If the new influences in Washington’s building (read Ron Rivera) fall in love with Tua’s evaluation, nothing should prevent them from drafting the quarterback.
They could consider a trade down, but I just don’t think they will. Young is that good.
Some see Young as a generational talent. Others don’t see him as the type of do-everything talent Nick Bosa was, but certainly worthy of the second pick.
He might also be suiting for a team that plays near his boyhood home. Many draft analysts consider Young the premier player available in 2020. He comes off a year when he broke the Buckeyes’ single-season record for sacks with 16½ even though he was suspended two games for an NCAA violation. He would appear an ideal fit for a team switching back to a 4-3 front.
Young has been the expected second pick in the draft for months — with good reason, too. He’s similar as a prospect to Myles Garrett and Nick Bosa. Not only is he an instant starter, he’s an instant playmaker.
Other option: The talk about Washington taking Tagovailoa hasn’t fully gone away. The group that brought in Dwayne Haskins last year is gone, and new head coach Ron Rivera will have a lot of sway on draft night.
Chase Young is the pound-for-pound best prospect in this draft. Young can make an offense abandon their game plan. He is very athletic and very smart. He closes on quarterbacks exceptionally well and cannot be guarded one on one.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Head coach Ron Rivera has to appreciate not only Tua’s on-field prowess, but his character and leadership skills. Landing a special talent is great, but a franchise-attitude-changing player could define this team for a decade. I know Rivera says Dwayne Haskins is his starter, but the way I see it, the decision to swap a fifth-round pick for Kyle Allen portends a trade of Haskins once the team selects Tua.
Round 3: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
Round 4: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Parnell Motley, CB, Oklahoma
Allow us to frame this properly ...
Count us among the folks who believe Rivera has to be a huge Tagovailoa fan. Many felt Rivera freely offering up the information on the Redskins’ scouting combine meeting with Tua was a ruse intended to drum up trade interest. Perhaps it was, and whatever team wants him might have to go even higher than Detroit to get him.
The chances are still very strong that Chase Young is the pick if Washington stays put.
Read that again, please.
But a trade down absolutely has to be on the table for the Redskins, and beyond that it wouldn’t be a total stunner if they wanted to upgrade at QB. Tagovailoa’s short but sweet workout video suggests he’s coming along nicely. Trading for Kyle Allen doesn’t prevent them from drafting Tua this high; it just gives them insurance at the position that was badly needed in the short term.
Young has been in this spot until now, and there’s a good chance we’ll revert back to that pick before April 23. But if another team offers the Redskins a huge offer for this pick, can they turn it down?
The Redskins quietly tried to trade Haskins before making this pick but found no takers. They take Tua anyway, so Haskins is on the block and is likely to go at some point during the draft. Just like Rosen last year.
Whether Washington stays put or a team like the Chargers trade up, the growing sentiment is Tagovailoa is going to be the pick here.
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Assuming Washington moves on from seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams ( per his very vocal desires), adding a left tackle affords the Redskins the best opportunity to get the most from second-year QB Dwayne Haskins. There are four high-ceiling tackles in this draft class, of which Thomas is my top-ranked, meaning my model thinks he will have the biggest impact from Day 1.
What should the Redskins do with the #2 pick?
This poll is closed
Draft Tua Tagovailoa
Draft Chase Young
Draft Andrew Thomas
Draft someone else