Defensive stalwart Young looks to go early in 2020 NFL Draft

Chase Young – He’s No. 2

Chase Young

In a 2020 NFL Draft where LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the consensus pick to go first to the Cincinnati Bengals, the question becomes: Who’s next?

The smart money says that player is Chase Young, the once-in-a-generation pass rusher from Ohio State.

Whether it’s the Washington Redskins or a team that trades up to get the No. 2 selection, they’ll be getting a disrupter and one of the most devastating edge players to enter the draft in several years.

In his junior year of 2019, the 21-year-old Maryland native turned in gaudy numbers of 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in only 12 games (he lost two games to a suspension). Included in that was a four-sack, five-tackles-for-loss game against Wisconsin, both totals that tied school records and a performance that prompted OSU head coach Ryan Day to call Young the most dominant player in college football. He also recorded a three-sack game against Penn State.

Scouts agree he’s a game-changing talent on par with a Joey or Nick Bosa and NFL Film Review even enthused, “Chase Young is what you get when you build an edge rusher in a laboratory. His rare blend of size, length, power, and speed allows him to be elite in every aspect of rushing the passer. Leave him one-on-one and you will pay for it.”

Thursday, April 23, Young and the rest of the world will find out where his professional career will begin when the 2020 NFL Draft opens for three days of business on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

Name: Chase Young

Birth date: April 14, 1999

Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Md.

Height/weight: 6 feet, 5 inches/265 pounds

Teams: Ohio State Buckeyes (2017-19)

Class: Junior

Position: Defensive end

No.: 2

Honors and achievements: Unanimous All-American in 2019 and winner of the Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski, Ted Hendricks and Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year awards; USA Today High School All-American (2016)

Did you know?: Also starred in basketball in high school

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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