For quite some time, we've just penciled in Ohio State's Chase Young to the Washington Redskins at No. 2 overall. But what if that doesn't happen? For as tremendous as Young is, the Redskins aren't an edge rusher away from becoming a contender, and they have invested heavily on their defensive front the past three years in the NFL Draft.
Let's explore what a trade down for Washington would look like and what it could ultimately land them draft capital-wise.
The draft order is now set. Position rankings are based on our composite prospect rankings.
Now, to the picks.
Mock Trade from Washington Redskins
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 217 lbs
Is Miami technically "considering" every quarterback prospect right now? Sure. But Tagovailoa still feels like the front-runner, and the organization doesn't want to lose out on the opportunity to pick him, so they move up to do so.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Iowa • Jr • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Wide receiver will be tempting here for GM Dave Gettleman, but I think he ultimately goes with an offensive tackle to protect Daniel Jones. Wirfs was good in 2018 then took his game to another level in 2019, and he spent time at right and left tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Clemson • Soph • 6'4" / 238 lbs
Where did Ron Rivera last coach? Carolina. Who was the heartbeat of his defense during his time there? Luke Kuechly. Simmons has Kuechly type athletic gifts and can cover like a safety. The Redskins could use an infusion of talent at essentially every position. In their trade with Miami, Washington gets this pick, Miami's third first-rounder (No. 26), a third-rounder (No. 70), and Miami's second fifth-rounder (No. 148).
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • Jr • 6'6" / 236 lbs
Do the Chargers go the trade or free-agent route to find their next quarterback? Hmmm. If they can't land one, they could go with Herbert, who wouldn't have to start right away, and could ultimately be a game-manager early in his career.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Round 1 - Pick 8
Jerry Jeudy WR
Alabama • Soph • 6'1" / 193 lbs
I'm guessing Jeudy is going to run noticeably faster than CeeDee Lamb at the Combine, which could (see: should) push many folks to crown him as WR1 in this class. Kliff Kingsbury gets Kyler Murray a stud pass catcher.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Auburn • Soph • 6'5" / 320 lbs
Brown needs to get more effective as a pass rusher when he can't simply bull rush guards into the quarterback, but he's immensely powerful right now and is the best run defender in the class.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Georgia • Soph • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Jets GM Joe Douglas spent many years in Philadelphia with Jason Peters at left tackle, and with this pick, he envisions Thomas being that type of high-caliber blindside protector for Sam Darnold.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Arizona State • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Philip Rivers seems destined for Indianapolis given his connections to some coaches there. With him there, Indianapolis should add to its receiver group, and with a big combine, Aiyuk is primed to skyrocket up boards.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Colorado • Jr • 6'1" / 227 lbs
Shenault was born to play in a West Coast offense, and that's Broncos new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's scheme. If he can stay healthy, he can be a star thanks to his size, YAC-skills, and pure speed.
From Pittsburgh Steelers
Round 1 - Pick 18
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 19
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Josh Jones OL
Houston • Jr • 6'5" / 319 lbs
The Cam Robinson experiment could be over and that would leave Jacksonville with a gaping hole at left tackle. Insert Jones, a tall, powerful, and athletic blocker with game film that was significantly more consistent than Robinson's, albeit against a significantly lower level of competition.
Round 1 - Pick 23
LSU • Jr • 6'3" / 208 lbs
Given the age of the Patriots starting safeties, and the fact that Devin McCourty is set to become a free agent this March, Bill Belichick goes with Delpit, a tall, athletic, versatile safety with better play-making skill in coverage than against the run.
Mock Trade from Miami Dolphins
Round 1 - Pick 26
Mekhi Becton OL
Louisville • Jr • 6'7" / 363 lbs
It's a dream come true for the Redskins here with Becton. And while right now, it may seem like there's no way he lasts until No. 26 overall, at least one of the consensus "top" offensive tackles will likely be here. Trent Williams has been an absolute rock for Washington, but with him turning 32 in 2020, the last year of the extension he signed in 2015, the team very well could (and maybe should) trade him this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Round 1 - Pick 28
Curtis Weaver EDGE
Boise State • Soph • 6'2" / 265 lbs
The Ravens adore heavy, outside linebacker types to rush the passer. That's precisely what Weaver is, and before his injury in 2019, he was on track to get selected in the Top 20 overall.