You’re asking me what the team that picks Chase Young is going to get? Well, let me explain it to you as simply as I possibly can. They will be getting the best player in the draft.
At 6-foot-5, 264 pounds, Young is an incredible physical specimen, but his prowess on the football field goes far beyond his Predator physique. His speed and athleticism allowed him to notch a school-record and nation-leading 16.5 sacks in 2019, despite every offensive game-plan being designed specifically to slow him down and idiotically being forced to sit out two games for some stupid NCAA bull-honky that I don’t want to get into right now.
In only 12 games in 2019, Young out-paced every other Big Ten player by 4 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss leading to him earning the Big Ten’s Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as the prestigious Chicago Tribune Silver Football which annually goes to the league’s best player. However, the accolades that he received following his incredible junior season were not limited to just the B1G.
Young’s dominance led to him becoming just the ninth defensive player to be named a Heisman Trophy finalist when he joined his teammate Justin Fields in New York. Young also won the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy recognizing him as the best defensive player in the country.
In his three seasons in Columbus, Young accounted for 31 sacks — second most in OSU history to Mike Vrabel’s 36 — and 42.5 tackles for loss (fifth in OSU history). Because of the impressive numbers and tape that he put together while at Ohio State, Young did not participate in any of the drills at the NFL Combine, but seriously, if an NFL team executive needed him to do some jumping and running in way-too-tight spandex to decide if they wanted to draft him, that person should be looking for a new line of work anyway.
Despite his success at the collegiate level, Young is by no means a finished product. Because of his elite size, speed, and athleticism, Young hasn’t yet had to develop all of the different techniques that he will need to perfect in order to match up against NFL linemen. NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein said, “It won’t take long for teams to add a bull-rush, a rip-and-run and a stab counter into [Young’s] repertoire.”
And, lest you forget, Young is coming into the NFL as the third jewel in a ridiculous crown of recent OSU defensive end alums. With both Joey Bosa and Nick Bosa earning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, Young has big shoes to fill, but teams should also be well aware that his pedigree and training will have him prepped for the NFL on Day 1.
Check out highlights of Chase Young’s 2019 season: