With the No. 2 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, there was never much of a worry that Chase Young wouldn't be available for the Redskins. The Bengals had made it clear early that they were all-in on Joe Burrow to fill their hole at quarterback, meaning Young was there for the taking.
Even with that, Washington running back Adrian Peterson still feels like the Redskins got lucky he fell to them, even if it wasn't much of a fall. The veteran sees young as the best player in the class by far. So even though he was the second overall pick, it was a steal.
"I'm excited. For me, it was kind of a no brainer that we would select him," Peterson said on NBC Sports Washington's "On the Clock" broadcast. "I really think it's a steal. I was happy Cincinnati needed a quarterback."
"Bringing in a guy that's dynamic like him. Big, fast, agile player. I think that's he's one of those rare guys that you're able to get," he added.
Young's talent has Peterson optimistic about the defensive side of the ball heading into the season. He knows the Redskins defense is better than what it showed in 2019. With a strong core returning, solid additions in free agency and now the big puzzle piece in Young, Peterson expects to see a big leap in 2020.
"Having Chase Young to add onto the defense that we have and all the players we have added during the offseason as well through free agency. Man, I think we really have a formula to have a great defense," Peterson said. "So I'm looking for him to come in and some incredible things immediately."
An immediate improvement on defense will benefit Peterson greatly. If Young and company are able to force more three-and-outs and keep teams off the scoreboard, Washington will more opportunities to pound the ball without playing from behind.
As someone who has spent plenty of Sundays lined up across from defensive beasts trying to come up with ways to stop them and avoid their punishing hits, Peterson is sure that opposing offenses will not be too pleased to see the Redskins defense on the schedule on 2020.
"I'm sure quarterbacks are going to have a hard time sleeping the night before the game," Peterson said.
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