Chase Young was watching when the Giants went down to FedEx Field and defeated the Redskins, 41-35, when Daniel Jones tossed a touchdown pass in overtime to tight end Kaden Smith in an all-rookie connection. Young is from Maryland and said he tunes in for every Redskins game.
Little did he know at the time, the result of that game likely had a direct impact on where he will embark upon his NFL career. The Giants won just four games in 2019, and beating the Redskins on Dec. 16 affected the draft position for both teams.
The Giants hold the No. 4 pick. The Redskins sit at No. 2, putting them in prime position to land local product Young after the Bengals presumably select quarterback Joe Burrow.
A victory in the final month of the season was not enough to save Pat Shurmur’s job, but it did — unless something unexpected happens at the top end of the draft — allow the most gifted pass-rusher available to slip away.