Cream City Central 2020 NFL Prospects: Chase Young

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We now move to defensive prospects and our first one is none other than Chase Young of Ohio State. The best player in the nation should be a game-changer in the NFL and was a lot of fun to watch in college. 

 

Strengths 

Sam Dehring 

Chase Young is something special. Not many people like him come around with the talent he has. Nick Bosa had an outstanding rookie year, but I think Chase Young has a chance to be better. He is a menace on the outside and is built like a machine. In three years at Ohio State, Young recorded 60 solo tackles and 30 sacks. He has everything you want in an edge rusher: size, speed and power. Chase Young is the best player in this draft and any team would be very lucky to have him, even the Cincinnati Bengals.

Young has exceptional technique and is very quick with his hands. Even though he does come out of his stance higher at times, he will still make players pay with how powerful he is.

Josh Amacher

Chase Young is as promising a player as Joey Bosa was coming out of Ohio State. Young has everything from name recognition to athleticism to the school in order to bolster his resume. There is no doubt that Young isn’t just the top DE in this year’s draft class, he may be the best overall player. Young has the size and athletic ability to take down the quarterback. Not just any QB, either. He has the ability to take down the Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilsons of the world. His pass rush is clearly his strength. 

Christian John

Chase Young is a transcendent talent. He has been said to be a better prospect than both Bosa brothers. Young is a terror for offensive linemen, quarterbacks and running backs. He’s extremely versatile and lined up everywhere along the defensive line for Ohio State. He is athletic and was even a heisman candidate before a bogus suspension for accepting money. Young would be the best prospect and go first overall in just about every other draft.  

Quin Voet

Chase Young is this year’s number one prospect, and if it wasn’t for the fetishization and need of a franchise QB, he would be the number one overall pick. He’s powerful, big, disciplined as a rusher which is an underrated asset, and his technique is elite. He is the complete package and much like Nick Bosa from last year, he will be passed on. He is the complete package as an EDGE rusher, and the cherry on top is that he makes it all look easy. His release, angles, and moves are all fluid and effortless. 

Kyle Hoffenbecker

Every draft, there is one prospect that is a can’t-miss, athletically gifted individual. Last year, that was Nick Bosa. This year, it’s Chase Young. The first thing you look at with Young is his pass-rush ability, which was the best in the country last season. However, don’t discount him as a run stopper. His athleticism is second to none and is probably the most athletic player in the entire draft. 

Whoever lands Young, will have a franchise pass rusher for the foreseeable future. Guys like Julius Peppers and Jevon Kearse come to mind when you look at Chase Young.  

 

Weaknesses

Sam Dehring

Chase Young does not have any major red flags that will make a team worried. However, there are times where he comes out of his stance and he will stand straight up. With how strong and athletic he is, this will be very easy to work with. 

Another thing to point out that caught my attention is that there are some analysts that see Chase Young as “overrated”, and one of the reasons was that he does not show up or make impacts on big games. Some also feel that he is not as NFL-ready as Nick Bosa was coming out of college. You could certainly argue that Chase Young at times was not used the way he should have been at Ohio State. There was a reason he was top three for the Heisman finalist this past season and headed to New York. Chase Young is going to be something special in the NFL and he will make these analysts second guess their thoughts on him. 

Josh Amacher

If there was a single thing that Chase Young didn’t have going for him, it may be the media attention. There isn’t a true flaw in his game play. Guys can always become bigger, stronger, and faster in the NFL, as they are expected to. The media hype around Young may impact him come training camp. I’m not saying that it will, because he could simply ignore it. In the past, however, guys have taken the attention to heart, and didn’t benefit from it. 

Christian John

Chase Young is definitely a pass rusher. He’s not going to drop back into coverage often. Young is as flawless as college prospects get. He is a guy the team that drafts him will be able to start right away. They will also probably see results from him immediately. Even his suspension was more of an indictment of the NCAA rather than Young. It doesn’t matter where he goes he should become a star if he stays healthy.   

Quin Voet

Young’s significant weaknesses are in his stance, pre-snap. A criticism of him is he did a lot of two point stance or he moved a lot in other areas, because Ohio St. had him do a lot of zone or spying. This is more of an ignorant move on Ohio State’s part because he is more of an attacker and its just plain stupid to not have him rush the QB 100% of the time. He has to be developed to get out of the habit Ohio St. forced upon, and unleash the attacker, which means lowering his pads. I think a franchise even as oblivious as the Washington Redskins can do that, and having Ron Rivera as a coach will help him a lot. 

Kyle Hoffenbecker

It’s very easy to point out when Young drops into pass coverage instead of rushing the passer. His stance is considerably different. It’s something he will need to work on at the next level, although Young should be rushing the passer 100 percent of the time and really has no need to be in pass coverage. 

 

Draft Projection: Where will the nation’s best draft prospect land in the 2020 NFL draft?

Sam Dehring

It almost seems like kind of a lock that Chase Young will land with the Washington Redskins with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ron Rivera is certainly going to get something special in Chase Young and with the team already having Montez Sweat, Chase Young is a great addition to a defense and a team potentially on the rise next season. 

Josh Amacher

If Chase Young doesn’t go in the top 3 overall picks I will be surprised. No doubt he is worthy of the 1st. I don’t see Young making it out of the top 10, either.   

Christian John

Chase Young is a virtual lock to be selected 2nd overall by the Redskins. Unless the Bengals shock the world or there is a trade Young will play in the nation’s capital his rookie year. This should make Redskins fans excited as they will get a true building block on defense. 

Quin Voet

Barring a major injury, or a Tik-Tok video of him chiefing a bong, Young is a lock to be the number two overall pick. He should go number one and Cincinnati picking him would guarantee a successful draft, but their need of quarterback like every year for the number one pick is too much.

Kyle Hoffenbecker 

If it wasn’t for the emergence of LSU’s Joe Burrow, Young would be the consensus number one overall pick this year. However, the Bengals will have a tough decision to make. Logic would lead you to believe that Cincinnati goes with the Heisman winner, but I’m not ruling out the idea of Young staying in Ohio and continuing his football career with the Bengals. 

However, that’s not likely the case. Young is very likely continuing his career in Washington, who has the number two overall pick (barring any trades).  

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