Chase Young to the Falcons? Why Atlanta should give up a huge haul and why the Redskins should take it on.

by | Feb 21, 2020 | General | 0 comments

Since the start of the College Football season, Chase Young has been one of the most
highly-touted prospects of any position in recent memory. Similarly to Nick Bosa last year,
Chase Young is a prospect that has that “can’t miss” label on him. While I don’t think he will be
as good as Nick Bosa, his skills and athleticism are phenomenal where it will be very difficult to
pass up. With the Bengals likely taking Joe Burrow #1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft, the
Redskins would be the next team that would ideally take Chase Young. However, looking at the
way the Redskins are constructed right now, do they really need him? The Redskins defense,
especially in the front 7, already has a lot of talent that, outside of Ryan Kerrigan, is young.
Meanwhile, the Redskins offense, outside of Terry McLaurin and a couple offensive linemen,
has significant question marks everywhere, which is something one draft won’t be able to solve.
This is why I think the Redskins should trade the pick and try to get a haul back, because I think
they can when it comes to a player of Chase Young’s caliber, or possibly a quarterback as well.
A team that can afford to give that haul that desperately needs pass rushing help and not much
else? The Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons roster is Top 5 in football right now probably only
needing some corner depth, running back depth, and outside linebacker if they lose De’Vondre
Campbell to free agency. But the one thing they need badly is pass rush, losing Vic Beasley and
Adrian Clayborn who both had bad years, and Takk McKinley being injury prone. With them not
needing much else, they can afford to give up the large amount of draft capital needed to jump
from 16 to 2, which will take multiple 1st and 2nd round picks. But for the Falcons, I think it is
worth it, and all the Redskins need on offense, taking on that draft capital would be well worth it
for them. Here is why it would benefit both teams.
For the Falcons, they have desperately needed pass rushers for a long time. Historically,
they have a hard time holding onto them, from Claude Humphrey to Patrick Kerney to John
Abraham, and now recently Vic Beasley, who the Falcons will no longer be pursuing contract
negotiations with. Within the last century and even in the 1990s, they have been one of the
better player development franchises at pretty much every other position, from Deion Sanders
to Jamal Anderson to Keith Brooking to Julio Jones. Yet when it comes to pass rushers they
never seem to get it right, and that is a big reason why they haven’t gone further in the playoffs
than they should, and a big reason why they didn’t win Super Bowl 51, in addition to bad
defensive play calling getting too conservative too early against a Patriots team that doesn’t like
to throw the ball deep. Sorry Kyle Shanahan bashers, no NFL defense should never allow 25
points in 18 minutes. Chase Young would provide the rest of that defense the outside pass
rushing leverage they need to fuel the rest of that defense, with already talented linebackers in
Deion Jones and DeVondre Campbell, and a good secondary when healthy in Desmond
Trufant, Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, and a promising young and well-rounded corner in Isaiah
Oliver. It will also help Takk McKinley flourish as a 2nd option outside pass rusher, because 3
years have shown he probably isn’t a first option, which Chase Young can develop into pretty
instantly with the skillset he had in college rushing the passer and stopping the run in so many
different ways. With Young alongside Grady Jarrett and a decent back end defense, the Falcons
should be able to flourish with a top end offense that they already have, and that kind of
production allowed them to make it to a Super Bowl 4 years ago that they should have won if it
wasn’t for Dan Quinn and Richard Smith playing Cover 3 and Cover 4 defenses midway through
the 3rd quarter thinking their 28-3 lead was safe. A good pass rush helps them hold leads like
that, and what better of a current draft prospect to do that than Chase Young? Also, when it
comes to the Falcons, they are already cash-strapped as it is, with just $6.1 million in salary
cap, so it will be hard for them to add a top free agent pass rusher. That only makes it more
valuable to add somebody home grown, young, and controllable, and when it comes to the draft
capital involved, which will take multiple first round picks, second round picks, and possibly third
round picks, it is worth it for the Falcons.
When it comes to the Redskins, there’s a good amount of offensive talent they can
accumulate in this draft to help give support to Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin, who has
already blossomed in his first season given as bad of circumstances offensively as you can get.
With already having good young front 7 talent in Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Ryan
Anderson, and Montez Sweat, Chase Young would only just improve a strength for them while
leaving offensive areas extremely weak, which is something they can improve on with this draft.
Between skill players and offensive line depth, the Redskins should profit on a lot of it within the
first two rounds, especially with the Falcons getting a second round pick from the Patriots for
Mohamed Sanu. When it comes to this draft, receiving talent they can get includes Colorado
receiver Labiska Shenault (who I like a lot), TCU receiver Jalen Reagor, and Clemson receiver
Tee Higgins, all of which will most likely available at Pick 16 if they were to trade back with the
Falcons. If they wanted to trade up, this potential trade would give the Redskins extra 2nd and
3rd round picks, which could help them jump back into the Top 10 if they wanted somebody like
Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb. When it comes to running backs, there will be a lot of good ones,
including DeAndre Swift, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jonathan Taylor, and even guys you can get
in the second round, such as Cam Akers and Zack Moss. As for top offensive tackles, there is
good depth throughout the first round, with Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs,
Alabama’s Jedrick Wills (I don’t like him as much but he still is getting a first round grade),
Louisville’s Mekhi Becton, and Auburn’s Prince Tega Wanogho. A combination of 5 or 6 of those
players makes the Redskins offense, despite being young, something they can build on, with
already established offensive linemen in Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff, as well as a
running back that is talented when healthy in Derrius Guice. Outside of McLaurin, Dwayne
Haskins doesn’t have much else that is consistently trustworthy to work with, and one player
won’t solve that either. The Redskins need the draft capital to create an offense with several
different weapons to work with, as they did in the spread offense era with Joe Gibbs throughout
the 1980s and 1990s. One pick at #2, in terms of this draft, while it could potentially be a great
player, won’t solve that issue in a spread offense NFL as well as make it significantly easier for
a young quarterback that has had his issues at the professional level in Dwayne Haskins.

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