The only thing the Washington has going for them at this point is they have the second overall pick in the draft, a position they are widely expected not to trade away.
Still, a single pick, even for a powerhouse talent like Ohio State University‘s Chase Young, will not be enough to salvage the absolute mess in Washington.
In the interim following a disastrous 3-13 season, the Redskins have made an unimpressive list of changes, none of which should inspire any confidence in a major turnaround this year.
Former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera accepted the head coaching job in Washington this offseason, and later brought along the team’s former backup quarterback Kyle Allen to provide some extra competition at backup.
Allen started 12 games during the 2019 season after Cam Newton‘s season-ending foot injury, throwing for 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions during his 5-7 tenure.
Regardless of Allen’s potential or lack thereof, he is unlikely to usurp Dwayne Haskins as the starter in Washington, and will only benefit to help Haskins understand and adapt to Rivera’s coaching.
Washington will be on the clock early Thursday night with the second overall pick, as previously mentioned.
In all likelihood, the Redskins will be selecting defensive end Young. This will be huge addition for the severely defensively-challenged Redskins, who allowed opponents to score 30 or more points in eight games last season.
To no fault of standout Young, he won’t be nearly enough. He alone will be a major improvement for the defensive core, but Washington’s struggles are on both sides of the ball, and there has been little to no changes to the offense that scored 20 points or more in just five games last year.
If there is a turnaround in the cards for the Redskins, it is still at least a few seasons and some major changes away. Even with seven picks in the upcoming draft, it’s reasonable to expect Washington to find themselves at the bottom of the NFC East, and possibly the bottom of the entire league, at the end of this season.