Lions In Conversation For Chase Young – Are Stars Aligning For Detroit?

With the draft approaching, a dream scenario for the Lions might be coming to life. 

While it's been widely assumed that Chase Young will be gone after the first two picks, a report Wednesday from Ian Rapoport suggests the dynamic edge rusher could fall to Detroit. 

The Redskins, long thought to be Young's destination, have opened up the possibility of drafting a quarterback second overall. And after Cincinnati and Washington, Detroit is the only other team that's "reached out" to Young. 

If he's there at No. 3, the Lions would be ready to strike. 

While the #Redskins have opened up the possibility of taking a QB at No. 2, appears other teams believe #OSU DE Chase Young will be gone second or at worst, No. 3. No teams past #Lions have reached out to him. Either lying in wait… or teams past 3 think they have no shot at him.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2020

The Redskins are the key players here. The Bengals are locked in on Joe Burrow first overall, and the Lions are locked in on the best defensive player available. Jeffrey Okudah, Derrick Brown and Isaiah Simmons are all part of that conservation. 

But if Young is on the board, the conversation is over. 

Is Washington truly considering a QB at No. 2? That's the question, and no one outside those walls really knows. But with a new regime taking over, led by head coach Ron Rivera, everything is on the table. And Rivera has notably avoided declaring Dwayne Haskins his starter. 

If the Redskins are indeed eyeing a QB, the belief is that Tua Tagovailoa is their guy. His recent workouts have only boosted his stock. The team continues to stand behind Haskins publicly, but again, who knows what they're discussing privately. 

This could all work out perfectly for the Lions. As much as they seem to love Okudah, they have to be even more enamored with the idea of a defensive line anchored by Young and Trey Flowers. It's always seemed like a longshot, and maybe it still is. 

But as the draft draws near, there's suddenly a hope.