Chase Young on what went wrong for Dwayne Haskins in Washington

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Chase Young on what went wrong for Haskins in Washington originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When it comes to leadership and maturity, Chase Young and Dwayne Haskins represent two uniquely insightful case studies for young players entering the league.

With Washington's No. 1 draft picks in 2019 and 2020 both being products of the DMV and Urban Meyer's Ohio State program, you can control for a number of factors in order to figure out what truly sent them on different paths.

Haskins, a once-coveted prospect quickly fell down the quarterback depth chart due to an apparent lack of humility and questionable work ethic, while Young has worn his ambition on his sleeve on his way to earning the captaincy and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

On Wednesday, Young appeared on NFL Total Access: The Locker Room and when asked if Haskins' position had anything to do with their different outcomes in Washington, Young was not buying it.

"To be honest, it's just two different people," Young said. "[D]wayne's my guy. I'd call [D]wayne right now, known him since high school. I got nothing but love for [D]wayne, but I keep it real with him."

Echoing what many other have said of Haskins, Young said "he's just got to work on his maturity a little bit." But Young also acknowledged that he's been blessed with some outstanding role models and has tried his best to pay it forward.

"God blessed me. My parents are great, people he put in my life are great, so I was just fortunate to have perfect people around me," the 21-year-old said. "That's what I try to do for [D]wayne is just be one of those people around him that can help him and just try to help guide him and try to be an example of how to go about your business."

Young came into the league on a mission. His former Ohio State teammate came into the league, perhaps, believing that he had completed his, and it ultimately resulted in the 23-year-old getting released midseason from a team in desperate need of depth under center.

Haskins' demise in Washington may have been the wake up call he needed to turn his still-nascent career around. With Pittsburgh taking a chance on him, he has another chance to follow Young's blueprint for how to go about his business.