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Washington looks set on Chase Young, want receiving help

Washington goes into the 2020 NFL Draft with needs at offensive line and receiver but appear set to grab Chase Young with their first pick.

Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Washington’s new head coach Ron Rivera, when asked about trading out of the No. 2 pick, didn’t sound like someone who is willing to give up a player like defensive end Chase Young for picks, unless he feels he can get the same caliber player in return when speaking with local D.C. reporters on Tuesday.

If you’re going to pass up Player A and you go back and you’re going to take Player D, Player D has to be equal to Player A because if Player A is going to play for you for 10 years and Player D may not, then did you really get value or did you just get a whole bunch of picks? You’ve got to be able to sit there and say that the next guy that I’m going to take is going to be that high-impact guy, and that’s what I’m looking for.

There isn’t another player like Young in this draft, as he’s the highest rated player on most boards. Washington only is able to get him with the second pick because the Bengals need a quarterback more than the best overall player. Of course, there is a slim possibility the team could trade down slightly to a QB needy team and still get Young, but they’d likely still need to stay in the Top-3.

Rivera also told reporters that ‘Amari (Cooper) was somebody we chased hard all the way until the end.” He also said they had some interest in tight end Austin Hooper but his price-tag was never where it needed to be. That bit of news shows us that the team is looking for receiving help, as they should be, with little behind Terry McLaurin. The trouble is, Washington doesn’t have a second-round pick after trading up for Montez Sweat last season and also have a glaring need at offensive line.

The question for Washington will likely come down to who is available at pick 66. Finding an offensive lineman at that point who can help you early on is tough, whereas a receiver the team has faith in could possibly fall that far.