Chase Young is the best player in the NFL draft. Period. The former Ohio State defensive end probably could have gone straight from high school, where he had 118 tackles and 19 sacks his senior year, to the NFL. At Ohio State, Young had a quiet freshman year before exploding onto the scene his sophomore year with 10.5 sacks despite playing hurt for most of the season. His junior year stat lines are ridiculous. Young recorded 46 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles in 12 games played. His numbers would be even higher if not for a two game suspension. Young is a can’t miss prospect that, barring injury, should have a very long and very successful NFL career.
Young is fast, quick, agile, aggressive, and explosive…just to use a few adjectives. The way he gets off the line is almost unfair for opposing offensive linemen, and he has both the power and the size to get through any block. Once Young gets a hold of a player in the open field, he’s not letting go which makes him one of the best and most valuable tacklers in football. Not that he will be moved to the linebacker position, but many scouts have noted that Young has the athletic ability to play linebacker in any system.
Does Chase Young have any negatives coming out of college? Yes, every player has negatives. He is sometimes lacking in field awareness and anticipation of plays, and he hasn’t had to be very instinctive as a rusher because he’s been so physically dominant to this point in his career. Are these negatives enough to keep him from being the number two pick in the draft? Definitely not.
Arms: 33 3/4″
40-Yard Time: did not participate
Bench Reps: did not participate
Potential Landing Spots: Redskins, Lions, Jaguars