For Detroit Lions fans, nothing is more important in the 2020 NFL Draft than what happens with the second overall pick. Does Washington keep the pick? Do they take the best player on the board in Chase Young? Do they shock the world and take an offensive tackle—or even more shocking—take a quarterback?
With a new head coach—and no current general manager—predicting what will happen with Washington is difficult.
So to help this struggling franchise, we’ve hired commenter jjones164 to take over Washington. Here he is with the second overall pick in the 2020 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft.
With the second overall pick in the POD Community Mock, Washington has selected Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Here’s jjones164 with the explanation.
“While everyone is saying the Redskins will take the top defensive talent in the draft, Chase Young or a new QB (Tua Tagovailoa), these are luxury picks the Redskins can’t afford to make. They have holes everywhere, and have already traded away their second-round pick to the Colts, so they must hit a top talent at a need with this selection.
Similar to the Lions, trading back with Miami to acquire even a second-round pick while landing a left tackle, cornerback or Isaiah Simmons at No. 5 would be ideal. With our rules, I’m still giving Jack Del Rio someone to build around. The playmaking, freaky athletic LB/DE/Safety/Slot CB/Punt Returner/Long Snapper/Whatever you need will be an ideal piece in this young defense. As of right now, their DE group looks as follows, Matthew Ioannidis (three years remaining), Jonathan Allen (first-round pick, 1-2 years depending on fifth-year option) and Montez Sweat (first-round pick, 3-4 years depending on fifth-year option). This line also includes an interior of recent draft picks Da’Ron Payne and Tim Settle.
The linebacking corps paint a different picture. The current starters appear to be Ryan Kerrigan (32 in September), Thomas Davis (believe he was drafted in Chris Spielman’s class) and Cole Holcomb, with hopes that Reuben Foster will return someday. Of their top five linebackers, it appears Cole Holcomb and Reuben Foster are the only two that will be with the team next season.
After dismissing adding Chase Young due to defensive end being the only solidified position group they have, I also considered Jeff Okudah to pair with Kendall Fuller, and LT as their biggest needs. Washington currently has no second-round picks and two thirds. In a deep OT and CB class, I would try to trade Trent Williams for draft capital and use their next two selections in those groups if talent is there when they’re back on the clock.”
What do you all think of the pick? With the Lions now on the clock, are you running to the podium?
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