INDIANAPOLIS - Chase Young stepped to a podium on Thursday morning and declared himself "the best player in the draft." He might be right, too, which is why he'll probably be gone before the Giants get a chance to pick him.
Then again, maybe he'll fall right into the Giants' lap.
Though it still seems unlikely that Ohio State's dynamic edge rusher would fall all the way to No. 4, that possibility became a bit more realistic on Wednesday when Redskins head coach Ron Rivera refused to close the door on selecting a quarterback at No. 2. In fact, despite the fact they drafted quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round a year ago, Rivera told reporters they'll be bringing in LSU's Joe Burrow and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa for official pre-draft visits -- just in case.
And if they do decide to pick a quarterback at No. 2, it'll open the floodgates of teams trying to trade up to No. 3 with the Detroit Lions to grab a quarterback before all the elite ones are gone. That could lead to quarterbacks going 1-2-3 in this draft, which would be the best draft break the Giants got since the Saints let Lawrence Taylor slide to them at No. 2 back in 1981.
But it all depends on what happens with the Redskins, and how serious they are about drafting a quarterback early for the second consecutive draft.
"Everything is an option," Rivera said. "We're not closing the door on anything."
Most teams don't shut any doors in the run-up to the draft, and with two months to go it's far too early to know if they're serious. But it's hard to dismiss the speculation because there's recent precedent for this kind of quick quarterback switch. In 2018 the Arizona Cardinals drafted quarterback Josh Rosen in the first round. A year later, they hired a new coach in Kliff Kingsbury and then drafted quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall.
So if Rivera, in his first year in Washington, likes Burrow (who is likely to go to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1), Tagovailoa or even Oregon's Justin Herbert better than Haskins, he sounds like he wouldn't be afraid to make a change. "Nothing is solid," Rivera said. "Everything is fluid as far as our roster is concerned. We've got an evaluation process that we've gone through. We know what we'd like to do, and we're going to go forward with those decisions. You guys will see how it unfolds."
As much as the door was open for a quarterback change, Rivera didn't exactly dismiss the idea of Haskins remaining as the Washington starter. He said he went back and watched his film from last year and saw "progress" from his first start to his last.
"You look at those things and you say, 'Man, there's some growth there,'" Rivera said. "'There's some potential for a young man to be the type of player that he can be.' … You can win because of him, and you can win with him. That's what's exciting. He's got that type of potential.
"He's got to grow into it and nothing will be given," Rivera said. "He's not anointed, that's for sure."
Again, there's a lot of time left before the draft, but the possibility has to be enticing for the Giants, who desperately need a pass rusher like the 6-5, 264-pound Young. The Redskins could also trade back in the draft, which would increase the possibility that Young drops to the Giants. Of course, the Detroit Lions could just as easily end up taking Young at 3.
For now, though, the door is at least a little open. The Giants may eventually trade back in the first round, but they might want to hold off on that until they're absolutely sure that Young is gone.