For a moment, the Redskins No. 2 overall draft pick seemed a no-brainer. With Ron Rivera's arrival, taking Ohio State's Chase Young seems the perfect choice for a defensive-minded coach.
Maybe Washington will take the second coming of Nick Bosa on April 23. The Redskins can certainly use a projected pass rusher. But with three months to ponder, here are a few scenarios:
Suppose Cincinnati with the first selection can't cut a deal with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Despite coming from Ohio, maybe Burrow pulls an I-won't-go-there like John Elway and Eli Manning once did.
Sure, the Bengals would smartly trade Burrow for a king's ransom, but let's say they take Young. That leaves Burrow to the Redskins to take or trade. Is incumbent Dwayne Haskins good enough to say no to Burrow, who's a generational talent?
Most likely, the Redskins never get a chance at Burrow. If they do, the Redskins can hold an RGIII-like auction with three firsts the opening bid. Washington desperately needs a talent boost and three firsts if chosen smartly could jumpstart the franchise.
But, maybe there's a second quarterback option in Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. If the Redskins don't want him, Miami does. But, Miami picks fifth and others might want to jump ahead of the Dolphins.
Whether Tua regains his No. 2 status after a late-season injury will depend on offseason workouts. But, NFL teams always fall in love with passers despite multiple red flags, so Tagovailoa could certainly rise to No. 2. But, the Redskins should pass on taking him because of injuries. Trade the pick or take Young.
The danger in passing on Young is the New York Giants will take him at No. 4. That means facing a potential game-changer twice annually. Not a good option.
So who knows, maybe taking Young is a no-brainer. That is, unless someone makes the Redskins an offer they can't refuse.
Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks