At a school like Ohio State you don’t just get a elite NFL Draft prospect every once in a while, you are constantly reloading with them. A couple of years ago Nick Bosa was a rotational player because the Buckeyes had Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jayln Homes. And when Nick Bosa went down with an abdominal injury this past season it allowed Chase Young to step into the forefront. Now entering his junior year Chase Young is NFL Draft eligible and we take a look at what makes him one of the elite prospects.
Why Chase Young is Elite
At 6’5 256lbs with elite speed, burst and change of direction skills, Young has the look of a number one overall pick. Lining up off the edge Young is utilizes his burst off the line to put offensive tackles on their heels and then is able to use his speed to get to the edge and then his flexibility to bend the corner and attack the quarterback. Even when offensive tackles try to cheat and get outside quickly he has the strength to go speed to power or the change of direction ability to adjust and shoot inside.
Chase Young is not just a one trick pony pass rusher, he also is good against the run. Young has the ability to take on blocks using his length to keep lineman off his body and then uses his quickness to shed the block and make tackles. Whether it is being asked to set the edge to help stop the run or just attack up field and disrupt Chase Young can do it both. It also helps that Young plays with a good motor and is always running towards the ball trying to make a play.
Concerns about Chase Young
The biggest concern I have when watching Young is he really lacks a pass rushing repertoire. Too often Young just uses his speed and athletic ability to win against college tackles. I can’t really blame him for that as it gets production. However if Chase Young wants to go from one of the best college pass rushers to one of the NFL’s elite he needs to develop at least one move and a counter off of it. Otherwise there isn’t many holes in Young’s game.
There is so much to like about Chase Young as a player and prospect and it won’t be a surprise that he goes in the top 3 whenever he enters the NFL Draft. His combination of size, athletic ability and production is what NFL decision makers drool over. Chase Young had 9.5 sacks in 2018 but I only anticipate that number to increase in 2019. As we speak he is the top rated player in our rankings and has the tools and traits to be a number one overall pick.