There is plenty of excitement surrounding the 2020 NFL Draft with the destination of some of the game’s top talents set to be revealed.
The Cincinnati Bengals have first pick at this year’s event following a hugely disappointing 2019 and the Ohio-based side will have plenty of young hopefuls to choose from.
Joe Burrow and Chase Young are widely expected to be amongst the potential first picks at the end of April; however, the latter may have to settle for second place despite recently declaring himself the ‘the best player in the draft’.
Young has unerring confidence which is likely to benefit him at the top level. The defender is a game-wrecker and at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, he certainly takes no prisoners. He believes in his ability to perform and the defensive end has certainly delivered when it comes to the numbers. Last season, whilst playing for Ohio State, he accumulated 16.5 sacks, 58 quarterback pressures and 46 total tackles. He played a major role for his side, although he did miss two matches through suspension. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day branded him ‘the most dominant player in all of college football’ whilst Indiana’s Tom Allen compared playing against him to ‘trying to defeat a big bad villain in an action movie’. He later added that no matter what tactics his side deploy against the defender, he always ‘seems to defeat us’.
The Maxwell Award finalist is hot property and it is little wonder that he is so highly sought-after. Washington Redskins have the second overall pick at this year’s draft and that would appear to be the likely destination for the Upper Marlboro-born stopper. The Redskins will be desperate for reinforcements following a forgettable 2019 and Young certainly fits the bill.
After finishing fourth in the NFC East last season, they will be hoping that a few savvy additions can help them significantly improve their fortunes in 2020 and Young could be the man to guide them to the play-offs for the first time since 2015.
They got off to a terrible start last year, going 0-5 before interim coach Bill Calahan was drafted in to replace the outgoing Jay Gruden. With an overall record of 3-13, the former Oakland Raiders boss was unable to turn things around, and Ron Rivera is the latest man tasked with turning things around in the capital. He will be hoping that his side can hit the ground running and build on his predecessors’ work.
The new man in charge may be tempted to throw in a curveball and opt for divisive quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, although whether he would rue passing up on signing a generational talent such as Young remains to be seen. The former Alabama quarterback is the 7/1 second favourite in Betfair’s NFL Draft Betting Odds to be the number 2 overall pick and despite his recent injury record, he does have the ability to be a game-changer.
Rivera must decide which of the two future stars will help his team win more matches next season, although recruitment is unlikely to be able to fix all of their problems. Changing the culture in the capital will be his first challenge and he must also begin building for the future.
It’s been four years since they last enjoyed a post-season campaign and their lack of recent progress has been a constant source of frustration for the fans.
Chase Young looks set to enjoy a successful career in the NFL and with FedExField his likely destination, he will be determined to make a name for himself in Maryland. His destructive tendencies should help the Redskins improve on their woeful defensive record this year, and although he may not be first overall pick in this year’s draft, he will surely make his mark at the highest level once the season gets underway in September.