Chase Young declares for 2020 NFL Draft

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Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young announced via Twitter on Friday his intention to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft

Young sits atop most evaluator’s ranks, and is the top player on our Big Board. Most assume Joe Burrow will go No. 1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Chase Young will likely follow at No. 2 to the Washington Redskins.

Chase Young dominated in 2019

Young’s announcement caps his incredible career at Ohio State. He finished 2019 as the nation’s leader in sacks with 16.5 and six forced fumbles. He had 46 tackles, including 21.0 tackles-for-loss. In his three years as a Buckeye, Young recorded 30.5 sacks, 40.5 tackles-for-loss, 98 tackles and eight forced fumbles.

Young won the 2019 Chuck Bednarik Award. He also won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defender according to the College Football Writers Association of America. Young was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year, as well as a consensus All-American and a finalist for the 2019 Heisman trophy. 

The Washington Redskins hold the No. 2 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and most assume they’ll choose Chase Young. Washington did draft defensive end Montez Sweat in the first round last year, and they have Ryan Kerrigan on the roster. But Young’s potential might be too much to pass up.

Young’s addition to the Washington defense should provide new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio with an elite weapon to unleash against opposing quarterbacks. Young and Sweat, along with Kerrigan, will provide fits for the NFC East. 

Washington could entertain a trade-down proposal, and that could net them quite the bounty in draft capital. 

Chase Young joins fellow Buckeyes juniors Jeff Okudah and J.K. Dobbins as early entrants for the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s one of the most electric players in this year’s draft and, according to Pro Football Focus, the best defender ever coming out of college. 

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