New York, NY—With the 2020 NFL draft less than two weeks away, the Redskins have their work cut out for them. After an 0-5 start last season, Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden and named Bill Callahan the interim coach.
Washington has had multiple problems as an organization that goes beyond the roster and talent, but finding elite players has also been an issue with the organization. Washington’s last All-Pro player: punter Matt Turk in 1996.
The Skins finished (27th) in total defense giving up a total of 385.1 yards per game. New hire head coach Ron Rivera needs to draft a game-changer edge rusher to jump-start their defense for the 2020 NFL season at the number two spot.
“What the Redskins have needed, ” Synder said introducing Rivera, ” is a culture change. Someone that can bring a winning culture to our organization. That starts and ends with our head coach.”
Draft experts are predicting the Redskins are going to select Ohio State’s Chase Young with their number 2 selection. Young will transform their defense immediately when he steps on the field. Or they could stack up more picks, perhaps speeding up their rebuilding process.
Young is about as complete of a college player as you’ll find. He has a big sculpted frame, long arms, and great athleticism. Young moves with incredible speed and fluidity for an athlete of his size, making him very difficult to block and put your hands on him.
Young had 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in 12 games for the Buckeyes last season. Washington is well aware of the impact his former Ohio State teammate Nick Bosa made last season with the 49ers. Last season the Frisco’s defense improved in two key areas: on third downs (from 21st to tied for second) and sacks per pass attempt (from 23rd to third). Their defense led them to the Super Bowl.
Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have coached Julius Peppers, Von Miller, and Khalil Mack– three of the most dominant pass-rushers of the past decade.
“Having a guy like Von Miller or a guy like Khalil Mack, who are premier pass-rushers, they put a lot of pressure on the offense and help the defense,” Del Rio said in January. “It all starts for us with the penetrative, disruptive defensive linemen.”
As one evaluator said, echoing many others: “A pass-rusher impacts all three levels of the ball.”
The current roster is full of young, potential starters. Of their 73 players, 54 are 26 years old or younger and 14 or 15 could secure starting roles. What Washington needs are impactful players and Chase Young definitely fits that build.
Senior vice president of player development Doug Williams will be calling the shots this year’s draft so we will have to wait and see.