Joe Burrow is expected to be the first pick, but Chase Young is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. Another athletic, dynamic edge rusher to come out of Ohio State, Young is poised to join fellow Buckeyes Joey and Nick Bosa in being a top-five pick and having an immediate impact as soon as he gets on the field.
Chase Young Draft Profile
College: Ohio State
Another spring, another stud edge guy coming out of Columbus. Young just moves differently for a 265-pounder, looking almost like he could go out and star as a middle linebacker with his multi-directional movement skills. Of course, he has more than the requisite strength and power to hold up on the line. He is explosive off the snap, with the quickness to put blockers back on their heels and the fluidity to turn the corner as an edge rusher. His powerful hands look almost effortless when he disengages from blockers. On top of the physical skills, he plays with an advanced understanding of the pass rush. He has an innate feel for how to leverage and attack offensive linemen, slippery to get hands on in the first place but difficult to slow down even when you do. His closing speed is utterly terrifying; he consistently affects plays where it looks like he’s been slowed to the point of being neutralized. Overall, he played with a target on his chest the moment Nick Bosa left the program, and Young was more than up to the challenge, becoming the most dominant defensive player in the country.
There are times when he gets too upright while he reads against the run — the middling athletes of the Big Ten didn’t often make him pay for it, but Young might ultimately give up some ground as a run defender early on.
He’s the No. 1 overall prospect in this draft at a premium position, with the ability to be a game-changing presence from Day One. He has a chance to become one of the league’s true franchise players among non-quarterbacks.
Final Grade: Top-5 pick