If the 2020 NFL draft were held again, who do think Washington would most likely have selected, and where do you think Chase Young would be drafted?
This week Sports Illustrated conducted its 2020 NFL Redraft.
You recall in the original 2020 NFL draft, Washington held the second overall selection due to their 3-13 2019 season. Washington at the time made Ohio State defensive end Chase Young their man at No. 2.
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The redraft has Joe Burrow again going first to the Bengals with the Commanders, then taking Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert second overall. The way Washington has struggled at quarterback since the exit of Kirk Cousins, Herbert would have been a wonderful fit for the franchise.
Herbert was voted the 2020 offensive rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America and the Associated Press. He was also voted to the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl. Herbert, in his three NFL seasons, has passed for 94 touchdowns while throwing 35 interceptions.
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What about Chase Young? Where was he selected in the 2020 Redraft?
Young falls to the 20th selection by the Jaguars. Here is their rationale:
Young’s draft-day slide ends here. After a memorable rookie season, Young has struggled on the field and has been hamstrung by injuries the past two years, playing only a combined 12 games. Perhaps Young regains his 2020 form during a contract season.
The top 6 players chosen in the 2020 NFL draft were:
- 1) Cincinnati Joe Burrow QB LSU
- 2) Washington Chase Young DE Ohio State
- 3) Detroit Jeff Okudah CB Ohio State
- 4) NY Giants Andrew Thomas T Georgia
- 5) Miami Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
- 6) San Diego Justin Herbert QB Oregon
Other notable first-round selections that readers may recall were:
Tristan Wirfs went 13th to Tampa Bay, CeeDee Lamb 17th to Dallas, Justin Jefferson 22nd to Minnesota. These are the players who have accumulated the highest Weighted Career Approximate Value.
Back to the redraft. Washington was followed by the Lions at third, taking Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Giants at fourth, taking Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the Dolphins fifth select Bucs tackle Tristan Wirfs, and the Chargers take Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb.
Also of note in the redraft, Tua Tagovailoa falls to 11th to the Jets, while Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, originally drafted 41st, shoots up to the 14th pick by the 49ers.