When someone tells you that the second worst team are actually scary, you will tell them that they are crazy. But, the only thing crazy is the potential of this Redskins team.
Last year, the 49ers got the second worst record in the league, and nabbed the best all around player in the 2019 draft class in Nick Bosa. The introduction of Bosa and Jimmy Garrappolo made a massive difference. Currently, they are preparing for the super bowl.
I don’t think that the redskins will be in the super bowl next year. I dont even think they will be contenders for the title until they groom Dwayne Haskins Jr. But, the future of this squad may be brighter than any other.
On the day of the NFL Draft, I can almost guarantee (barring any crazy draft news/deals) that Commissioner Goodell will tell the Vegas crowd: “With the second pick in the nfl draft, the redskins select CHASE YOUNG, Ohio state”. Last year I assumed we saw the next best pass rusher in Bosa. He showed that ability on the niners. I believe that Young will be able to make a more direct impact and Rose to stardom much more quickly. In college, Young faced double and triple teams from the nations top offensive linemen. Young still managed to be a formidable threat s as a pass rusher rule stifling opposing teams’ ground game. If young lives up to his hype, he may be the DPOY for many years.
Chase Young May be special, but in order for the resskins to succeed they will need more help. They started this defense off by signing Landon Collins (arguably the best strong safety in the league) from the giants on a two year deal. They also have been stacking their defensive front 7 through the draft. They have dragged Jonathan Allen (DE) and Daron Payne (DT) from Alabama. They also have drafted Montez Sweat in last years draft at the linebacker position. The true leaders of this defense and arguably the entire team are from the linebackers. Mathew Ionnadis and Ryan Kerrigan. Those two are the veterans on the squad that have been teaching the younger players what it takes to be a top defensive player. However, the cornerback position is a little slim. They have quinton Dunbar and josh Norman, but their futures with the redskins seem small since they started to only have special teams roles on the squad. They will look to build up this position through the draft or stealing Byron Jones from the cowboys to cement their place as the next big team.
The offense will also need to play a huge role in this teams success. For the ground game, They found that in Derrius Guice, with Adrian Peterson taking guice under his wing and polishing his game. At the end of the season, guice looked like a veteran, making defenses look silly. They also found two steals in the nfl draft for their receiving core. Those two are terry mclsurin and trey Quinn. Both are considered “speed demons”, consistently getting thrown the deep ball and scoring on long distance plays. They also have a good tight end crew with Vernon Davis and Jordan reed. If those two can stay healthy for lon periods than they can also become a top tier tight end duo. While they may have a somewhat mediocre offensive line, you can almost always see Brandon Scherff playing as the top offensive guard in the league.
Then there is Dwayne Haskins and the whole qb debacle. At the start of this year they started with Alex smith, colt mccoy, case Keemun and haskins. All except smith started (due to injury) and none of them could truly stand out as the next redskins quarterback. Haskins showed glimpses, but he clearly has flaws when he played in his first career game, throwing three interceptions and one pick six in just one half versus the depleted and below average Giants defense. Haskins is a work in progress, but I think the hiring of Ron Rivera will allow Haskins game to grow into a player like Cam Newton, whom Rivera also drafted and turned into a star. I see a lot of hope in this offense.
All in all, this redskins team is stacked with quality young studs who will all soon be in their prime seasons. NFL Fans, watch out: The Redskins are coming.