Chase Young was the ‘last piece to the puzzle’ for Redskins – 247Sports

Ron Rivera knew what he was doing when making his draft selection as head coach of the Washington Redskins. As the team started to rebuild their defense in the offseason, Rivera looked for the final piece for a fearsome front line on the Redskins defense.

Rivera is historically a defensive coach and when evaluating former Ohio State star Chase Young, Rivera felt it was a cant miss addition. With the No. 2 overall pick, the Redskins didnt hesitate to add the best defender in the draft.

Speaking with Mike Tirico on NBC Sports Lunch Talk Live, Rivera explained the process of building his defense and why Young creates a domino effect.

I think a big part of it is, you build your team from up front, Rivera said. We felt strong about the ability to prove our football team that way. We like who he is as a young man. We got to spend some time with him before the shut down so we have a good feel for him as a person. His tape was tremendous and the kind of impact he's going to have on our defense. You look at the young guys that are playing up front and these guys can play with each other for a long time and say hey, we don't have to worry about that position for some time. We fixed that defensive line now, (added) that last piece to the puzzle. The impact of choosing Chase as our number one pick is very helpful.

Rivera mentioned the other players on defense that could play with each other for a long time since they are all young or considered young veterans. At the minimum, Rivera has young, cheap talent to build off.

Talking to reporters on a Zoom call last week, fourth-year defensive tackle Jonathan Allen glowed about his early interactions with Young.

"I'm super excited," he said, according to NBC Sports Washington. "When you get a guy of (Young's) caliber, it's definitely immediately going to make an impact for your team. But I'm just really excited about what we've done in the last couple of years, the pieces we've built. We're young, we have a great coaching staff, we have a great core of players."

At Ohio State, Young recorded 98 tackles (40 1/2 for loss), 30 1/2 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 34 games from 2017-19. As a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019, Young tallied 46 tackles (21 for loss), 16 1/2 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three pass breakups through 12 games.

"Obviously, that's the biggest thing (for) an offense, a quarterback," Young said ahead of the draft, April 17 on ESPN's First Take. "Defense, I feel like the biggest thing with a defense is a defensive end. And I feel like what I bring to the game a lot of people haven't seen in a while. That's definitely what I'm going to try to bring to the league. I'm working hard right now, I'm feeling very confident in where I'm at and I just can't wait to display what I have on the next level."

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