The 2020 NFL Draft is weeks away and with the Cincinnati Bengals expected to take Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, the Washington Redskins will have their choice between former Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. As of now, the Redskins are reportedly expected to take young with the No. 2 pick.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Redskins are not going to touch Tagovailoa. Instead, owner Daniel Snyder wants the team to draft Young and the team is likely to pass on Alabama’s star quarterback to take the best defensive player in this draft class.
There is still time for Snyder and the Redskins to change their mind. The front office is also reportedly very open to trading down from the Np. 2 spot, but they’d be seeking a haul similar to what they gave away in 2012 to land Robert Griffin III. In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick to move up from No. 6 to No. 2 to land RGIII.
Tagovailoa is considered by many to be an elite quarterback prospect. He has drawn comparisons to Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, but some NFL teams have moved him down their board over medical concerns regarding his surgically-repaired hip. The 22-year-old was able to receive a medical re-check today by an independent doctor and a positive report regarding his full recovery was sent to teams.
If the Redskins don’t receive the right offer to trade down, it seems very likely that Young will be their selection. Snyder’s infatuation with Young, who some scouts considered to be the best pass rusher to enter the NFL Draft in a decade, has been documented before.
The Redskins remain confident in Dwayne Haskins, the No. 15 pick in 2019, so it’s unlikely we’ll see the organization spend another first-round pick on a quarterback.