Redskins are the lynchpin of this draft
There are several teams who are in “must draft a quarterback now mode.” the Cincinnati Bengals (1st), Miami Dolphins (5th, 18th, 26th) and Los Angeles Chargers (6th). Next, we have “a new quarterback would be really nice, but not a definite” teams, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars (9th, 20th) and Las Vegas Raiders (12th and 19th). For all those teams there are three to four quarterbacks who are high first-round worthy, Burrow, Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert of Oregon, and maybe Utah State’s Jordan Love. It’s a real-life football version of musical chairs and someone will be disappointed.
How good is Tua Tagovailoa? Up until his hip injury and Joe Burrow‘s emergence at LSU, the Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback was seen as the top pick in this draft. He has been cleared by doctors to resume workouts and Tua recently said he fells 100 percent. Tagovailoa is a top-five caliber player.
Ohio born, Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow seems like a lock to go to Cincinnati. Washington picks at number two, Young’s likely landing spot. There have been some doubts as of late regarding that strategy. The Redskins were impressed with Tua and may decide to keep him for themselves. Then again Washington might get an offer they can’t refuse and trade the pick.
Detroit, who has the third pick, isn’t in the market for a franchise quarterback as incumbent Matt Stafford has plenty of miles left on his engine. Young could really help the Lions, but if two QBs go one-two, there will be some fantastic offers flying at Detroit GM Bob Quinn.
He can trade down a few spots and still get Jeff Okudah who is the best cornerback prospect since Patrick Peterson in 2011. Quinn already traded away his top corner Darius Slay, so he needs Okudah badly.
There are many variables in play. Here are three scenarios in which the Giants get Chase Young in the draft.