The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a month away, meaning the rumors surrounding the Redskins and what they’ll do with the No. 2 overall selection are only going to intensify over the next few weeks.
Many expect the Burgundy and Gold to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second pick, and it makes sense. He’s been pegged as a generational talent by many experts and would make an immediate impact for the Redskins defense.
But coming off a 3-13 season, the Redskins still have plenty of holes on their roster. Arguably the best way to expedite a rebuild of any franchise is by building through the draft, and the Redskins potentially have the opportunity to acquire multiple first-round picks by trading down from the second overall selection.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the team is warming up to exactly that idea.
“I continue to hear that they are increasingly open to trading out,” la Canfora said. “I think there’s a distinct possibility.”
When the Redskins moved up to No. 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Robert Griffin III, they shipped three first-round picks to the Rams. It likely would take a deal similar to that for the Redskins to move out of their current draft position.
The Dolphins currently sit at No. 5 and have three first-round picks in this year’s draft. They’re also desperate for a quarterback. With Miami having the draft capital to strike a deal, they seem like the most likely team to trade up to No. 2.
Should Washington move down to No. 5, the Redskins would potentially have the chance to select another player La Canfora says they have a high draft grade on: Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons.
“If they do drop back a few spots, I believe strongly they would target Isaiah Simmons,” La Canfora said. “That’s another player I’m told they are super high on their draft board. They feel like he’s such a rotational chess piece you can put all over the place. They are very intrigued by that possibility if they were to move down.”
Simmons is arguably the most versatile defensive player in this year’s draft. Listed as a linebacker, Simmons has lined up as a cornerback, safety and pass rusher, too. Simmons’s measurables — 6-foot-4, 239 pounds — are off the charts, and the Clemson standout raised his stock even higher this past February with an outstanding performance at the Scouting Combine.
Throughout free agency, the Redskins have not made a splashy move. But one common trait between many of the players Ron Rivera has brought in to Washington is their versatility. Simmons fits exactly that mold. The only question remains if he would still be available by the time the Redskins were on the clock, as both the Lions and Giants would have the chance to take him before Washington.
If Young is considered the best defensive player in the draft, Simmons is right behind him. La Canfora explained that if Washington has the opportunity to trade back and still nab Simmons, that’s something they should absolutely consider.
“If you take Chase Young, and he ends up being [Lawrence Taylor], then I get it. You call it a day,” he said. “But if he’s less than that, and you have the opportunity to trade off of him, as if he were a quarterback, to get quarterback value for the pick because the other team moving up is taking a quarterback, then I don’t know how you don’t strongly consider it.”
La Canfora explained what many assume will be the deciding factor on whether the Redskins trade down or not — will they get enough in return for the pick?
“It will be mostly tied to the value and trade for the pick,” Canfora said. “Do they feel there is enough opportunity to throw three, four, five darts at premium positions on the draft board over the next couple of years that would allow them to hasten their rebuild?”
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Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington