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Chase Young was a member of Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class. A five=star defensive end from Hyettsville, Maryland, the end accounted for 18 tackles, five TFL, 3.5 sacks, and one forced fumble as a freshman. Ankle injuries hampered Young’s sophomore season, but he still recorded 24 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. As a junior, he was dominant. 46 tackles, 21 TFL, 16.5 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles left the Big Ten in his wake. He shattered Ohio State records, won several prestigious awards, first team All-Big Ten, and a Unanimous All-American.
Chase Young is fantastic player who excels at many things. At 6-foot-5, 264 pounds, he’s an athletic specimen with exceptional change of direction. He erupts out of his stance with his first step, but has a very fluid motion. His speed and length create an expansive playmaking radius, and he has the football IQ necessary for the league, targeting the throwing arms of quarterbacks to force takeaway opportunities.
Despite his incredible ability, Chase Young’s game does have room for improvement. He sometimes loses track of the football at the mesh point, and gives ground when setting the edge. His inside move could use work, as he telegraphs inside step when countering blocks. His hands lack purpose on the initial reach, and he needs to diversify moves, becoming less predictable
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Chase Young was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the second pick in the first round. This is a fantastic pick by the Redskins, as he should anchor their defensive line for the foreseeable future while terrorizing opposing quarterbacks and causing havoc in the backfield. Chase Young alone could change shape of their defense. This dominant pass rusher will help improve their struggling pass defense.