The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young made a huge impact for the Buckeyes this season and will help out an NFL team soon.
Position: Edge Rusher
2019 stats: 46 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles
Size: 6-foot-5, 265 pounds
Young was a great pass rusher over his three seasons at Ohio State, which has hyped him into a great pro prospect. He decided to leave college after his junior season because he is projected to be selected very high in the 2020 NFL Draft.
As a freshman in 2017, Young was able to chip in on a talented defensive line for five tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. The Buckeyes won the Cotton Bowl over USC following that season. In his second year on campus, he blossomed into a star. Young totaled 14.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks as he led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl win over Washington. Even though he missed two games with a suspension, Young finished the season with 21 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks, as Ohio State made the College Football Playoff.
The pass rusher had a great college career that saw him stand out above the rest of the crowd. Now, he is a candidate to be one of the first few picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Young is up there with the best pass-rushing prospects of all time. He continually got to the quarterback in college. His burst, strength and pass-rushing moves all helped him be productive. He can get around the edge or use several moves to beat his blocker and create pressure. Young is very polished both athletically and fundamentally, which makes him such a great prospect.
His ability to stop the run, leaves very little holes in his game. He can be expected to beat his man on running plays too. Young sets the edge when he needs to and has good gap integrity. After beating his man, he has the skill to chase down ball carriers and to make plays.
He has great burst at the snap of the ball, which also helps him win matchups. Young is usually one of the fastest at the snap of the ball, using his acceleration and speed to make him difficult to block. That is a skill that will translate well to the NFL.
While his burst is great, Young did have some trouble with jumping offsides throughout his career. He would try to get an advantage by jumping early, but would leave before the ball was snapped. That problem got better as his career went on at Ohio State.
Teams that run a 4-3 will want to draft him as a defensive end, but teams who are running a 3-4 may not get the most out of him. With his hand in the ground, he is a force to be reckoned with. When he is standing as a pass rusher, as he would be as a 3-4 linebacker, he lost a lot of his burst and acceleration, making him not beat his opponent as often. Ohio State also dropped him in coverage a little bit, which is not the best use of his talents. He could adjust, but he is best as a 4-3 defensive end.
Another factor that goes with him standing up is his pad level. Even when he has a hand in the ground, he sometimes stands too tall and loses his power. If he stays lower, he will be a much more dangerous player at the NFL level.