Beyond assuming that the Bengals will select Joe Burrow with the first-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft we don’t really know the direction the other 31 teams will go with their picks.
It’s been expected for months now that the Redskins will take Chase Young with the second-overall pick and that the second-best quarterback in the class, Tua Tagovailoa, will slide to the Dolphins who hold the fifth-overall pick.
That’s been the blueprint that anyone and everyone has drawn out leading up to April’s Draft. The Redskins would improve its defense with an elite defensive end in Young and roll with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, but Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t think that’s the route Washington should take.
The draft expert joined First Take on Thursday and was asked what he would do with the second pick if he was in charge of the Redskins and he explained that if the medical staff clears him then he would ‘no doubt’ take Tagovailoa.
“You take Tua. You don’t trade the pick, you don’t take Chase Young, you take Tua. And if Haskins turns out to be better, then great. Then we can trade Tua.”
Kiper’s reasoning behind selecting Tagovailoa is more than valid because it really could turn into a horrible ‘what if’ moment for any team that passes on the former Alabama star.
His idea of just trading away whichever quarterback loses out in the starting battle if Washington did, in fact, pick Tagovailoa is a tough sell however because the loser of that scenario, especially if it’s Haskins likely wouldn’t be worth all that much on the market.
Both Young and Tagovailoa should have exceptional NFL careers if all goes to plan so there are definitely worst situations to be in if you’re the Redskins, but they’ll be faced with the tough decision of passing on either a generational quarterback or a generational pass rusher.