While many have projected former defensive end for the Ohio State football team Chase Young to go No. 2 in the NFL Draft, he could potentially fall to No. 3.
With former quarterback for the Ohio State football team Dwayne Haskins not being new Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera’s guy, some think the Redskins will draft former Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 2 overall pick.
In Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner’s latest mock draft, he has Tagovailoa going No. 2 and Buckeye great Chase Young going No. 3 to the Detroit Lions. If it is truly between those two teams, which one is the best fit for Young?
Both defenses were horrendous last season as the Lions allowed 26.4 points per game and the Redskins allowed 27.2.
However, both teams play quarterbacks in their divisions that get sacked a lot. The Lions play the Chicago Bears who allowed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to get sacked 38 times last season, in addition to playing Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers who was sacked 36 times. The Redskins play the Giants who allowed QB Daniel Jones to also get sacked 38 times, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked 37 times last year.
With both of these factors coming into play, in addition to neither franchise having a history of winning, it seems that both teams are pretty equal fits for Young, but one factor gives the Redskins the nod in my opinion.
The Redskins’ defense was in the top 10 in sacks last year with 46. The Lions were 29th in the league with 28 sacks. Washington also returns its top four sack-getters from last season who all had 5.5 sacks or higher. Having other guys who have the ability to get to the quarterback can take some pressure off Young and ultimately help him have more production in his rookie season than if he went to Detroit.
For the most part, the Lions and Redskins are equal fits for Young, and I think he will have success no matter where he goes. However, the Redskins have the slight edge for me as they have other playmakers who can set him up for more production.