The Washington Redskins are expected to select former Ohio State edge-rusher Chase Young with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. It seems like a perfect fit. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the franchise should go in a different direction, though.
The Buckeyes’ star defensive end was a force to be reckoned with in 2019, sacking opposing quarterbacks 16.5 times and coming away with 21 tackles for loss. Simply put, Young was a man among boys last season. It’s a no-brainer that the Redskins are likely to add the dominant edge-rusher.
But another elite prospect is starting to pick up steam regarding the Redskins’ No. 2 pick. Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be available at the No. 2 pick as Joe Burrow is likely to go first overall. Will the Redskins pass on Young and select Tua?
NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper thinks if Tua is healthy, Washington should go all-in on the elite quarterback prospect, bypassing Young in the process. This would be absolutely wild. Here’s what Kiper has to say on the matter:
— First Take (@FirstTake) February 27, 2020
“You can have all the Chase Young’s you want, Max,” Mel Kiper said on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday.
“If you don’t have a quarterback, you’re spinning your wheels. This is a quarterback league all the way. . . . You look at Tua – if the medical staff clears him . . . you take Tua at two.”
The 2020 NFL Draft is still a couple months away, allowing the Redskins to sort through all their options before their coveted No. 2 pick. This one would be especially surprising though, after the team took Dwayne Haskins in the first round just last year. Will Washington take a chance on Tua?