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Top Five Carolina Draft Picks From the 2010s

The NFL Draft always brings excitement and a fresh start to all 32 teams. No matter if you're pick one, or pick 254, anyone has the chance to join a team and change their future. There is a lot of pressure when selecting draft picks because if you draft a bust your fans will be angry and disappointed, but if you draft a gem, your team is set for a decade.

Below are five guys who were drafted by the Panthers that were able to come in and not only make a positive impact immediately, but for several years in some cases.

5. WR D.J. Moore - 2018, Round 1, Pick 28

When Moore was drafted, Panthers fans thought they were getting "Steve Smith 2.0". Moore was bringing speed and reliable hands to an offense that desperately needed a new No. 1 receiver. So far he has shown his worth and seems to be worth a first round pick. 2019 has been his best season yet as he finished with 87 catches for 1,175 yards and four touchdowns. 

4. CB Josh Norman - 2012, Round 5, Pick 143

Football fans always get excited over later round draft picks because of the thrill of landing a gem. The Panthers found a diamond with Josh Norman out of Coastal Carolina in the fifth round. Norman would spend his first four seasons in the NFL with Carolina as he developed into a superstar corner. Being in Ron Rivera's defense, Norman flourished into the league's best cornerback. Norman's stats with the Panthers may have not been eye-popping as he only had seven interceptions in four seasons, but it was his ability to take away opposing teams primary receivers and forcing offenses to throw to other guys that made him a star.

Panthers fans will always remember his physical battles with Odell Beckham Jr. They were fun to watch, but sometimes went a little too far and led to fights. Norman never backed down from a challenge and still plays that way as he is now with the Buffalo Bills.

3. Christian McCaffrey - 2017, Round 1, Pick 8

College football fans hadn't seen a guy like Christian McCaffrey since Reggie Bush in the 2000s. At Stanford, McCaffrey showed the world his potential as he sped past every defender he ever encountered. Since joining the NFL, McCaffrey has been a top five running back and has provided versatility to the Panthers offense by being able to beat defenses in both the running and passing game. In 2019, McCaffrey led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 2,392 yards which ranked as third best in NFL history. He finished third in the NFL in rushing yards (1,387) and led all running backs in receiving yards (1,005), which made him just the third player to ever accomplish that feat. McCaffrey brings excitement to every play he is involved in and has the chance to score every time he touches the ball. Look for McCaffrey to continue this level of play and potentially adding an MVP trophy to his mantel.

2. Cam Newton - 2011, Round 1, Pick 1

Whenever a team has the number one pick in the NFL Draft, it comes with a lot of pressure. Pressure to make the a decision that will either set your franchise up for the next ten years, or keep you picking in the top five. Drafting Cam Newton was the right decision. After winning a National Championship at Auburn, all 32 NFL teams would have loved to bring in Newton.

From his very first game with the Carolina, to his last, Newton put the team on his back and the city on his shoulders as he was willing to do whatever it took to help the Panthers win. As a rookie, he won Offensive Rookie of the Year as he set a new NFL single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with fourteen. He also became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards while also rushing for over 500 yards.

2015 was the year it all clicked for Carolina as Newton led the Panthers to a 15-1 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl as he won the league MVP and Offense Player of the Year. 

Newton is also the franchise leader in passing yards (29,041), passing touchdowns (182), and rushing touchdowns (580. In fact, his 58 rushing touchdowns are the most ever by a quarterback in NFL history.

Most people believe that Cam Newton is the greatest Panther ever and it will be a bit odd to see him in another uniform for the rest of his career.

1. Luke Kuechly - 2012, Round 1, Pick 9

Kuechly spend his entire eight-year career in Carolina after being drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Right from his very first game, Kuechly let the entire NFL know that he would be a force that all opposing teams should game-plan around. In his rookie season, Kuechly would lead the NFL in tackles with 164 as he would go on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he won NFL Defensive Player of the Year as he continued to help the Panthers win more games and build a legitimate championship defense. He was the anchor that lead the 2014-2015 Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance which also earned him a spot on the NFL's 2010 All-Decade Team.

Due to concussions, Kuechly decided to retire at the age of 28 this past January. He finished his career with 1,092 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 18 interceptions to go along with earning a spot in the Pro Bowl seven consecutive seasons from 2013-2019. Kuechly will go down as one of the best linebackers to ever play in the NFL and is arguably the best to ever wear a Carolina Panthers jersey.

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    Mailbag: The NFL Needs to Tone Down its Optimism About the 2020 Season

    I understand the reasoning.

    The NFL is a business. One that generates 11-figure revenue numbers annually. It didn’t get there without prioritizing the bottom line, nor did its owners accumulate the wealth to buy teams by failing to find opportunity to profit around every corner.

    So free agency went on as planned. So the draft will too. So on Tuesday, NFL EVP and general counsel Jeff Pash painted perhaps the most optimistic picture[1] of the COVID-19 pandemic that any of us have seen anywhere in weeks.

    “We’re pretty confident we’ll be able to start on schedule,” Pash said.

    And that was only doubling down on what he’d asserted earlier in the conference call.

    “On the season itself, our planning, our expectation is fully directed at playing a full season, starting on schedule and having a full regular season and a full set of playoffs, just as we did in 2019,” he said. “We take our guidance from the medical people, from [NFL chief medical officer] Dr. [Allen] Sills from [NFLPA chief medical officer] Dr. [Thomas] Mayer, from the outside consultants in infectious diseases, and from the CDC.”

    Again, I understand why. The NFL has partners, sponsors and advertisers to worry about. Just as it’s a scary time for you and me, it’s a scary time for big business. Spending isn’t going to be what it was. Institutions with long-standing relationships in the pro football community are going to have to pick their spots for the foreseeable future.

    Pash is speaking to them: We got you. We’re going to be America’s escape. We’re planning on it. And we want you to be a part of it. There’s nowhere your money will be safer. Because there will be football, and America will be eating it up when it gets here.

    The idea matches up perfectly with the decision to go forward with the new league year, which was, at the very least, an opportunistic move to pull in a captive audience, and the forceful nature with which they’re pushing ahead with the draft, which is, well, the same. It’s who they are, and how they got where they are, and so it’s not that hard to figure out what they’re doing here.

    But someone, anyone, at some point, should’ve raised their hand and asked the same question that could’ve saved the NFL a lot of trouble over the last decade, in countless scandals that made pro football look like a ruthless circus: Are we doing the right thing?

    Given the circumstances we’re all facing, I personally don’t think it’s right to threaten coaches or executives[2] not to speak out about the problems, both human and football-wise, with keeping the draft scheduled for the end of April, as the NFL did last week. I’m also not sure it’s right to tell a society that needs to be taking every precaution possible—and needs to be treating this international crisis as something that will get a lot worse if we don’t—that everything’s going to be just fine in a few months.

    And maybe the NFL didn’t mean for it to come off that way. But it did.

    Which is a problem, and one that was completely avoidable, if someone in the office had just asked that very simple question of right and wrong.

    Alright, time to get to your mail…


    From Packers Magazine (@PackersMag): Your favorite all-time player(s) to interview, and current players?

    This is a fun question, and Packers Mag, I’ll break it down into phases of my career.

    When I was on the Patriots beat in my mid-20s, I’d give you Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel, and Tedy Bruschi, mostly because those guys were smart enough to work around the Patriots rules, and would give it back to you. I think you learn more from guys like that. Artrell Hawkins and Jarvis Green were two lower-profile guys who were great too. And Tom Brady was in a different way—he’s always been really good at explaining stuff.

    When I was on the Cowboys beat, there were a bunch of guys who were just good, smart dudes. Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware and Terence Newman were all really normal for guys who were stars on the league’s highest-profile franchise.

    On the national scene, where I’ve been over the last 12 seasons, it’s harder to narrow it down for obvious reasons. But I’d put Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Mike Vick, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, LeSean McCoy, Steve Smith, Kyle Rudolph, Andrew Whitworth, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, Ed Reed, Darrelle Revis, Bart Scott, Cliff Avril, Richard Sherman, Josh Norman, Calais Campbell and Nnamdi Asomugha among the high-profile guys who you’d look forward to seeing.

    And those guys were great for a lot of different reasons, and I’m probably leaving names out. If I added names of lower-profile guys, it’d take me all day to compile a list, which underscores what I’ve always thought: Yeah, there are bad dudes in the league, but the majority of guys to come through the NFL, in my experience, are pretty good people.

    From HoopsGuy1482 (@HGuy1482): Is it a lock that Detroit will draft Okudah?

    Hoops Guy, no, it’s not. If Washington were to trade the second pick, the Lions would probably sit at 3 and happily take Chase Young. Otherwise, Detroit is open for business on a trade, and the idea that the Dolphins or Chargers might come up has to appeal to them for a very specific reason. There’s a consensus that there are four elite defenders in this year’s draft (Young, Okudah, Isaiah Simmons and Derrick Brown) and falling back to 5 or 6 in the order, while accumulating more capital, would ensure that the Lions would still get one.

    That said, I do think the tea leaves would tell you that, assuming Young’s gone, Okudah would be the preference. The Lions traded Darius Slay[3] and his replacement on the roster, Desmond Trufant, is probably just a short-term fix. Conversely, the Lions spent at linebacker (Jamie Collins) and defensive tackle (Danny Shelton, Nick Williams), so corner remains the biggest need, even if Simmons would be a good fit for Matt Patricia’s defense.

    Either way, since January, it’s seemed like we’ve been looking at Joe Burrow to Cincy, Young to Washington, and the draft[4] really starting at 3 with the Lions.

    From Mason (@MasonOX1): Probably have gotten this a lot but if the #redskins aren't able to trade TW, do you think he'll have to suit up and play for them this season and hope they don't tag him next off-season?

    Mason, I’m not sure what Trent Williams’ other options are here. Again, I heard he wanted quarterback money last year, and other teams are under the impression he wants to be the highest paid lineman now – topping $18 million per on a new deal. And that last part would be fine if he were a free agent. But he’s not. He’s got a year left on his deal, and the contract ask compounds the price for teams interested.

    Now, you’re looking for those teams to give up a premium draft pick and a top-of-the-market contract for a tackle with injury/off-field flags that’s turning 32 in three months. Again, there’s probably a team or two out there willing to make Williams the highest paid tackle in football. But do that and give up a first-round pick, or a second-round pick and something else?

    So either Washington needs to give him away for what they’d get in a comp pick or less now, or Williams has to come down on his financial demands. There’s a middle ground somewhere here. But for right now, there’s a little bit of a staring contest going on.

    From Darth Edge (@theedge60): Is @YannickNgakoue a top 5 DE in the NFL who should also be the top paid DE?

    No, Darth, Yannick is not a top five defensive end. He’s a very good pass-rusher, who’s a little deficient in the run game—which makes him a lot like Dee Ford last year. Ford, you’ll remember, fetched a second-round pick for the Chiefs in a tag-and-trade, and got $17.1 million per from the Niners, albeit in a deal that gave the team some trap doors to bail if need be. I think this is probably where you start with Ngaukoe.

    Now, should be paid like a top five edge player? Unequivocally, yes. The top five now: Khalil Mack ($23.5 million per), DeMarcus Lawrence ($21 million), Frank Clark ($20.8 million), Von Miller ($19.0 million) and Trey Flowers ($18 million). Ngaukoe’s tag number is $17.788 million. And generally, when you’re doing a long-term deal off a tag number, you take what it would cost to tag the guy twice and average it. That number for Ngaukoe would be $39.13 million. So his long-term deal should be in the neighborhood of $20 million per year.

    That would slide him comfortably into the top five. So yes, he should be paid like a top five edge player, based on his leverage. (And that’s acknowledging that guarantees and structure might be more complicated.)

    From Shedrick Carter (@shedrickcarter2): Are you hearing any rumors regarding any big trades on draft night?

    Shedrick, we’re still a little ways off from that. But I do think there’s an interesting dynamic that promises to affect the 2020 draft that could be in play, and that’s how quickly teams will be able to get guys ready to play. Without the six weeks or so that rookies normally get in May and April, will it be tougher for a rookie to be in position to play? And without an offseason program, might teams be more worried in camp simply about getting their players ready for Week 1 than developing young talent? Yes and yes.

    So if you’re a team with a hole left on your roster after free agency, it’s certainly possible that you might have some doubt that a rookie will be able to fill it this year, especially if that hole is at a position that’s not particularly strong in this year’s draft (like, say, safety or tight end). Or if you’re a coach that needs to win now, you may not want to rely on a rookie, given the circumstances. And the solution in both those cases may be in combing other teams’ rosters for veteran trade targets.

    That makes it worth at least paying attention to the idea that some teams may get to draft week and start throwing out offers for veterans on other teams—and it may create an opportunity for teams with depth at key spots to build up some draft capital.

    From American Idle (@BarlesCharkly): Which offensive lineman that nobody has ever heard of will Bill Belichick draft at 23?

    American Idle, I’ll go with this glass-eating third-round guard from Fort Valley State that’s gonna push Joe Thuney out of the lineup so Bill never has to give him $16 million per year. Or I’ll just say this: If you like trading down (one of the other few things Belichick does that annoys Patriots fans), this may wind up being the draft for you. And for a couple different reasons that actually make a lot of sense.

    First, the New England roster is old. The aforementioned Thuney is one of the only young guys on the roster who looks like a long-term cornerstone at this point. Left tackle Isaiah Wynn (who’s had trouble staying healthy) might be another, corner J.C. Jackson has shown promise, and we’ll see on N’Keal Harry, but you’re scratching for guys after that. So the Patriots don’t just need to get younger, they need volume in their younger ranks, which will take more picks.

    The other thing is that Belichick generally doesn’t like when he’s got gaping holes between picks. Because of the Mohamed Sanu trade, the Patriots have a gaping hole between the 23rd and 87th overall picks. They then have four picks between 87 and 125, another hole between 125 and 195, followed by seven picks between 195 and 241. To me, all this adds up to Belichick trading out of 23, and then all around with the rest of his picks.

    It’s a big draft for that team, and not just because Tom Brady’s gone.

    From thomas barz (@barzskins): If the season were to be canceled, what would the 2021 Draft Order be based upon? Thanks!

    Thomas, I don’t know why I found your question so interesting, but it was to me. And to answer it, I actually went back to the one pro sports season of my lifetime that was completely wiped out: the 2004-05 NHL season. What I found was pretty fascinating.

    For its 2005 draft, the NHL put the entire league into a weighted lottery, based on playoff appearances in the 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, and the first overall picks in the four previous drafts. Teams that had no playoff appearances or first overall picks in that period got three lottery balls. Teams that had one playoff appearance or first pick in that period got two balls. Everyone else got one ball. Forty-eight balls went in, and the first round was drawn. And from there, it was a snake draft, with order reversing each round.

    What was the impact of all that? The Penguins wound up with the first pick after getting the second pick the year before. The No. 2 pick in 2004 was Evgeni Malkin. The first pick in the 2005 draft was…Sidney Crosby. That’s two Hall of Famers and the foundation for three Stanley Cups.

    Of course, none of us want the NFL, or any of the other sports leagues, to be pushed down that road because of the crisis in our country. But it was fun to look that up, anyway.

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    2020 Redskins Mock Draft Roundup: Who do the Redskins pick if they trade down?

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    The second wave of free agency is over. The Redskins[1] have made a lot of moves so far as Ron Rivera continues to remake a 3-13 roster from last year. Washington has signed 13 free agents from other teams[2], and re-signed 3 of their own players.

    The Redskins still have 7 draft picks after all of the moves over the last few weeks. This includes the #2 overall pick which many people expect them to use on Ohio State DE Chase Young[3]. The Tua Tagovailoa[4] hype has picked up a little since last week’s roundup. There’s also a few more options at trade downs. And even an offensive lineman at #2!

    We’re a little over 3 weeks from the NFL draft[5] that is still scheduled to happen April 23-25. A lot can change between now and then. What happens with the Redskins 1st round pick this year?


    Pro Football Network(Schulte)[6]

    Washington sends pick #2 and pick #108 while Miami sends pick #5, #18, #39, and pick #70

    5. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State[7]

    Washington misses out on the chance to add Chase Young[8] to their roster, but they rebound by adding an elite cornerback prospect in Okudah. Okudah, plus several added picks, brings so much more value to the Redskins roster that cannot be ignored. After losing Josh Norman[9] and trading Quinton Dunbar[10], Washington can boost their corner room with an elite piece right away.

    18. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia[11]

    The writing on the wall is that All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams[12] will be leaving Washington either via a trade or release. If that happens, Washington needs a new left tackle. Luckily, this draft has plenty of them to choose from. With the trade down with Miami, Washington has the assets to either take one here at 18 or trade-up if they feel the need to.

    Round 2:

    39. Grant Delpit, S, LSU[13]

    Round 3:

    66. Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

    70. Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina[14]

    Touchdown Wire(Schofield)[15]

    Miami sends picks Nos. 5 and 18 in exchange for pick No. 2.

    5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State[16]

    Having traded back, Washington can still grab an immediate impact player picking from the fifth spot. Cornerback is a need, even with the acquisition of Kendall Fuller[17], and Ron Rivera’s defense gets a prototypical coverage corner who can start on Week 1. Okudah has great footwork, elite movement skills and ideal size and length to be a lockdown NFL corner. He can play press man and off-technique, and he can also click-and-close when playing in zone coverage.

    Last season, Okudah allowed just 27 receptions on 58 targets, for only 282 yards and a 45.3 passer rating when targeted. According to charting data from Pro Football Focus, he allowed just two receptions on the 11 targets of more than 20 yards downfield. Furthermore, Okudah has not allowed more than 50 yards receiving in any game over the past two seasons. As PFF wrote of him in its draft guide: “Okudah really does have it all. The ‘cons’ on his scouting report were some of the most difficult to write of any prospect in the class. He not only has a high floor, but everything you want for a high ceiling.”

    18. Josh Jones, OT, Houston[18][19]

    Having traded out of the second spot, Washington is on the clock again in the first round. The addition of Jeff Okudah earlier provides a top-flight cornerback, and now Washington can turn to the offensive line with this selection.

    The relationship with left tackle Trent Williams seems strained beyond repair, meaning Washington should look to address that position with this selection. Trading back to 18 puts them out of range for one of the top four tackles, but there are two others making some first-round noise: Austin Jackson[20] from USC and Josh Jones[21] from Houston.

    The Redskins roll with Jones[22], who put together a solid week of work in Mobile for the Senior Bowl[23]. There are some, including Pro Football Focus and Jim Nagy, executive director of the Senior Bowl, that put Jones[24] alongside the top four tackles in the draft.

    Jones[25] has been almost dominant as a pass blocker over his time at Houston. PFF charted him with allowing just 18 pressures on 1,282 pass blocking snaps over the past three years. By contrast, according to PFF’s charting, the Redskins’ starting tackle tandem last year of Morgan Moses[26] and Donald Penn[27] allowed 37 and 34 pressures, respectively.

    While trading out of the No. 2 spot means Washington passes on Chase Young, coming out of the draft with a lockdown cornerback and a potential bedrock left tackle in the first round would be a haul.

    CBS Sports(Trapasso)[28]

    5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

    This represents the best-case-scenario for Washington. Move back, get extra (very much needed) picks and still get a lockdown cornerback to bolster the secondary. Washington gets Miami’s third first-round pick (No. 26 overall) next year’s first, plus the Dolphins[29]’ pick early in Round 3 (No. 70 overall) and a sixth-rounder (No. 186 overall) in the trade back.

    26. Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State[30]

    In moving back from No. 2 to No. 5, the Redskins pass on Tagovailoa and Young but land Okudah and a future franchise offensive tackle in Cleveland, who has the athleticism to be that type of player.

    NBC Sports Boston(Perry)[31]

    5. Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

    The Redskins are making out just fine in this draft so far. Sure, they could’ve had a sure-thing starting quarterback. But they’ll roll with Dwayne Haskins[32] and Kyle Allen[33] for now.

    Instead, they’ve locked up the No. 2 non-quarterback in the class. Okudah may even end up being more valuable than Young, given that competent secondary play is with each passing year looking more critical than pass-rush. Okudah allowed a passer rating of just 45.3 when targeted last year, per PFF.

    18. Grant Delpit, DB, LSU[34][35]

    Washington might’ve been hoping McKinney would fall to them, but they get a close No. 2 at the position in Delpit[36], who was named the top defensive back in college football last year.

    The tackling issues are real, and they’re alarming, but what Delpit[37] can do from a coverage perspective is still a first-round value.

    Pro Football Focus(Palazzolo)[38]

    There are two ways to generate incredible value with the No. 2 overall pick: draft a franchise quarterback or trade back and accumulate more picks. The Redskins should at least consider Tagovailoa, but a trade back is best for their long-term prospects, as they can now add three potential starters to a depleted roster.

    5. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia

    Washington’s trade down allows it to fill two holes on a weak roster, starting with the left tackle of the future in Thomas. He’s the best combination of pass- and run-blocker in the draft, as he is the only tackle in the class to rank in the top three in both departments last season (89.0 pass-block grade, 91.4 run-block grade).

    18. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

    The Redskins now walk away from the first round with two starters on offense rather than one Chase Young, and that’s a win from a team-building standpoint. Shenault adds an offensive weapon who can line up outside or in the slot while creating after the catch with running back-like skills (7.4 YAC/reception on 150 career catches).

    Pro Football Focus(Eager/Chahrouri)[39]

    Miami sends pick #5, #18, #39

    5. Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

    Sometimes things work out, as Young ends up in Washington after all, with Detroit and New York vying for more valuable positions with their picks. (Here’s our article on Young’s statistical comps[40].) Getting a player of Young’s caliber, along with Landon Collins[41] and Montez Sweat[42] last year and Kendall Fuller[43] this year, will be a great start towards rebuilding their defense in a weak NFC East.

    18. Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State[44]

    Cleveland’s impressive combine workouts put his pass-blocking athleticism score in the same ballpark as Tyron Smith[45], David Bakhtiari[46] and Laremy Tunsil[47]. While he projects to give up a slightly higher pressure rate, beggars can’t be choosers, and the Redskins may need to provide some protection to their young quarterback. With Trent Williams[48] ever the question mark, Cleveland helps build a strong line in the capital while making a trade more feasible.[49]

    6. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson[50]

    Simmons is the queen of the chess board. He won’t come off the field and can play multiple positions.

    Chase Young, DE, Ohio State


    I expect Washington to at least listen to some trade offers. But at the end of the day, it’d be really tough for the Redskins to pass on the most talented player in the draft class and one of the best pass-rushing prospects I’ve ever seen. Young posted a nation-leading 16.5 sacks, and he missed two games.

    CBS Sports(Wilson)[52]

    Chase Young is the best player in this draft class and the Redskins have needs up and down the roster. Put another way: DO NOT DRAFT A QB HERE.

    Round 3[53]: Chase Claypool[54], WR, Notre Dame

    If the Redskins are building around Dwayne Haskins[55] they’ll need to get him more weapons.

    Walter Football(Campbell)[56]

    The Redskins take the best player in the 2020 NFL Draft and could form a legendary defensive line with Young, Jonathan Allen[57], Da’Ron Payne and Montez Sweat[58]. The problem will be retaining them all, but Washington could look to deal with that a few years from now.

    Young (6-5, 264) dominated a lot of the opponents Ohio State played this season and missed two games with a suspension. He has some size to him to go along with speed and athleticism off the edge. With his superb first-step, pass-rushing moves, agility, and ability to close, Young looks like a future Pro Bowler who annually produces double-digit sacks. In 2019, Young had 16.5 sacks with 46 tackles, six forced fumbles, three passes batted and a blocked kick. With the way that Young dominated in 2019, he is the top prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft regardless of position.

    With Nick Bosa[59] injured for most of 2018, Young took advantage of the opportunity to have a breakout season. In 2018, he recorded 34 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, five passes broken up and two forced fumbles. As a freshman, he totaled 19 tackles with 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

    Round 3: Terrance Steele, OT, Texas Tech[60]

    The Redskins could use more offensive line talent to protect Dwayne Haskins.

    Steele had a quality senior season that helped his draft stock. Teams like his length on the edge, including his arms reaching almost 36 inches. Steele is a good athlete and has starting size for the NFL. For the pros, team sources say Steele (6-6, 312) is more of a left tackle who might have some backup swing tackle ability to start out his NFL career. Some believe Steele is a better prospect than Le’Raven Clark, a Texas Tech offensive tackle who was a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    Draft Wire(Easterling)[61]

    This is another no-brainer pick. Unless Washington gets a huge offer from a QB-needy team trying to jump ahead of everyone else on the board, this has to be the selection. Young is the best overall prospect in this year’s class, which makes him a steal anywhere else but No. 1 overall.

    Round 3: Trey Adams, OT, Washington[62][63]


    Jason La Canfora reported on Monday[65] that the Redskins are ‘increasingly open to trading out of the number-two-overall pick. It might make sense that the Redskins would want to trade down in order to draft more players, especially after missing out on their biggest offensive targets in Free Agency, Austin Hooper[66] and Amari Cooper[67]. However, it makes more sense that this is simply the Redskins letting everyone know that the pick is for sale —for the right price...because, well...everything has a price. If the Dolphins offered all three of their first-round picks and a sweetener or two on the deal, the Redskins would HAVE to strongly consider such a huge package in return.

    History shows that trading down is just about always better value, but Chase Young is an elite player at the second-most-important position in football. The Redskins will take him. Just under four weeks away from the 2020 NFL Draft, the top two picks remain the same. No matter how much chatter arises between now and then, these two picks will remain the same. Bet on it.

    Round 3: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame[68][69]

    CBS Sports(Edwards)[70]

    The addition of Kyle Allen[71] signals that Washington might be more comfortable sticking at No. 2 overall and taking Young rather than venturing down the path of Tua Tagovailoa. They form one of the better pass rush units in the NFL.

    Round 3: Cameron Dantzler, CB Mississippi State[72][73]

    Washington got rid of Quinton Dunbar[74] and Josh Norman so it is ushering in a new age with Ron Rivera. Dantzler can be a part of that plan.

    Washington Post(Clayton)[75]

    No change here. Ron Rivera has been filling his defense with low-cost veterans in addition to signing cornerback Kendall Fuller to a four-year, $40 million contract. But there’s still room for Young, who could follow in Nick Bosa[76]’s footsteps from a year ago as an impact edge rusher out of Ohio State becoming the second pick in the draft.

    Pro Football Network(DiCecco)[77]

    Washington adds who I believe is the top player in the entire draft by selecting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. The Redskins jump at the chance of adding Young to a defensive front that already includes Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen[78], and Matt Ioannidis[79].

    The Big Lead(Phillips)[80]

    Rumors have suggested Washington could take a quarterback here or look to trade down, but with Chase Young on the board, they’re going all-in on a stud edge rusher. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Young has great size and quickness off the edge and can absolutely take over games. Young finished the season with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles to cap a first team All-American[81] campaign.


    Young is an easy evaluation. You can see how he won in college translating to the NFL. There’s a strong chance the Redskins receive incredible offers for this pick, so they must ask themselves if Young impacts the team to the degree of quality present and future picks teams might be willing to trade. Note: If the new influences in Washington’s building (read Ron Rivera) fall in love with Tua’s evaluation, nothing should prevent them from drafting the quarterback.

    CBS Sports(Prisco)[83]

    They could consider a trade down, but I just don’t think they will. Young is that good.

    Los Angeles Times(Farmer)[84]

    Some see Young as a generational talent. Others don’t see him as the type of do-everything talent Nick Bosa was, but certainly worthy of the second pick.

    USA Today(Davis)[85]

    He might also be suiting for a team that plays near his boyhood home. Many draft analysts consider Young the premier player available in 2020. He comes off a year when he broke the Buckeyes’ single-season record for sacks with 16½ even though he was suspended two games for an NCAA violation. He would appear an ideal fit for a team switching back to a 4-3 front.

    SB Nation(Kadar)[86]

    Young has been the expected second pick in the draft for months — with good reason, too. He’s similar as a prospect to Myles Garrett[87] and Nick Bosa[88]. Not only is he an instant starter, he’s an instant playmaker.

    Other option: The talk about Washington taking Tagovailoa hasn’t fully gone away. The group that brought in Dwayne Haskins[89] last year is gone, and new head coach Ron Rivera will have a lot of sway on draft night.

    Sports Illustrated(Parson)[90]

    Chase Young is the pound-for-pound best prospect in this draft. Young can make an offense abandon their game plan. He is very athletic and very smart. He closes on quarterbacks exceptionally well and cannot be guarded one on one.

    Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama[91]

    Head coach Ron Rivera has to appreciate not only Tua’s on-field prowess, but his character and leadership skills. Landing a special talent is great, but a franchise-attitude-changing player could define this team for a decade. I know Rivera says Dwayne Haskins is his starter, but the way I see it, the decision to swap a fifth-round pick for Kyle Allen[92] portends a trade of Haskins once the team selects Tua.

    Round 3: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina[93]

    Round 4[94]: Lucas Niang[95], OT, TCU

    Parnell Motley[96], CB, Oklahoma

    Yahoo Sports(Edholm)[97]

    Allow us to frame this properly ...

    Count us among the folks who believe Rivera has to be a huge Tagovailoa fan. Many felt Rivera freely offering up the information on the Redskins’ scouting combine meeting with Tua was a ruse intended to drum up trade interest. Perhaps it was, and whatever team wants him might have to go even higher than Detroit to get him.

    The chances are still very strong that Chase Young is the pick if Washington stays put.

    Read that again, please.

    But a trade down absolutely has to be on the table for the Redskins, and beyond that it wouldn’t be a total stunner if they wanted to upgrade at QB. Tagovailoa’s short but sweet workout video[98] suggests he’s coming along nicely. Trading for Kyle Allen doesn’t prevent them from drafting Tua this high; it just gives them insurance at the position that was badly needed in the short term.

    Young has been in this spot until now, and there’s a good chance we’ll revert back to that pick before April 23. But if another team offers the Redskins a huge offer for this pick, can they turn it down?

    CBS Sports(Fornelli)[99]

    The Redskins quietly tried to trade Haskins before making this pick but found no takers. They take Tua anyway, so Haskins is on the block and is likely to go at some point during the draft. Just like Rosen last year.

    Lions Wire(Schlitt)[100]

    Whether Washington stays put or a team like the Chargers[101] trade up, the growing sentiment is Tagovailoa is going to be the pick here.

    Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia[102]

    Assuming Washington moves on from seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams ( per his very vocal desires), adding a left tackle affords the Redskins the best opportunity to get the most from second-year QB Dwayne Haskins. There are four high-ceiling tackles in this draft class, of which Thomas is my top-ranked, meaning my model thinks he will have the biggest impact from Day 1.

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