The Washington Redskins finally made the change fans have been pleading for, moving on from team president Bruce Allen in December. Now, with new head coach Ron Rivera taking over the team, the new decade can be the start of something fresh for the Redskins.
Of course, rebuilding this team all starts with the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Redskins still believe in quarterback Dwayne Haskins, their top pick in 2019. Their commitment to Haskins puts the focus for the No. 2 overall pick on a generational talent at a position of need. Washington needs to rebuild its offensive line, find more offensive weapons and build a defense that Rivera can depend on.
It’s a tall task for a team without a second-round pick and just two picks in the top-100. Fortunately, the 2020 NFL Draft is deep enough for the Redskins front office to pull it off.
Let’s take a look at our seven-round 2020 mock draft for the Washington Redskins we conducted via FanSpeak.
First round, second overall pick: Chase Young, defensive end, Ohio State
There’s a reason team owner Daniel Snyder is infatuated with this star edge rusher. Young is an unmatched force off the edge, with many viewing him as a generational talent. While he didn’t run at the NFL Combine, he blew teams away during interviews with his leadership, intelligence and energy. For as impressive as he is off the field, Young is even better on it.
He is the missing piece for Rivera’s defense. The combo of defensive ends Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat is good, but Young will turn this into an elite pass rush. Opposing teams will have problems accounting for Young, Sweat, Kerrigan and defensive tackles Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne. This is a no-brainer selection for Washington.