The Skins' blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday locked them into the No. 2 spot, with the Cincinnati Bengals expected to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first choice. The Buckeyes' dominant defensive end will be a strong consideration for Washington.
"Two words is all I got to say: Chase Young," Haskins told reporters.
Young is coming off a terrific junior season at OSU. He racked up 46 total tackles, 16.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three passes defended in 12 games. The team's championship hopes came to an end Saturday night with a loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The 20-year-old Maryland native has recorded 30.5 sacks in 34 collegiate games.
Although he told TMZ Sports in mid-December his "plan" at the time was returning to Ohio State for his senior campaign, it would come as a surprise if he doesn't ultimately declare for the 2020 draft. He's a lock to land in the top five, which leaves nothing to prove in college.
Young, who finished fourth in the 2019 Heisman Trophy voting (Burrow won), would be a welcome addition for a Redskins defense that ranked 27th in points allowed per game in 2019.
Washington also has glaring needs to address on offense, though. It gave up the fifth-most sacks (50) and needs more playmakers on the outside for Haskins, who endured an up-and-down rookie season.
So the Skins will likely do their due diligence on wide receivers like Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) and CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) as well as offensive linemen such as Tristan Wirfs (Iowa) and Andrew Thomas (Georgia) leading up to the draft.
Any player from that group could help Haskins' development after he finished his debut season with a 76.1 passer rating, which would have ranked last in the league if he had enough attempts to qualify.
That said, the foundation for any team in the modern NFL is a high-end quarterback and a top-flight edge-rusher. Washington hopes Haskins will eventually grow to fill the first void, and Young is a strong bet to handle the second one for a long time.
It could lead to a reunion between the former Buckeyes teammates for the 2020 season.