Chase Young arrived in Washington in the spring of 2020 with higher expectations than any Burgundy and Gold player in recent memory. Washington selected the star pass rusher second overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, hoping the former Ohio State star would turn into one of the league's most talented defenders.
Young immediately hit the ground running as a rookie, recording 1.5 sacks in his NFL debut, a Washington victory over the Eagles. After a groin injury slowed him down early on, Young finished his rookie season playing excellent football, earning NFL Defensive Player of the Month for December. At season's end, Young was selected to his first Pro Bowl and named the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The 22-year-old entered his sophomore season with even higher expectations, ones that have not been met. Young recorded just 1.5 sacks this season before tearing his ACL on Nov. 14, an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Here's a complete profile of Washington's standout pass rusher.
Chase Young’s bio
- Height: 6-foot-5
- Weight: 264 lbs
- Birthdate: April 22, 1999
- College: Ohio State University
- NFL experience: 2 seasons (2020-21)
- Jersey Number: No. 99
Chase Young’s career NFL stats
Here are Chase Young's career stats through his first two seasons. Young played in just nine games of the 2021 campaign before rupturing his right ACL, an injury that ended his season.
- 24 games, 24 starts
- 9.0 sacks
- 70 tackles, 47 solo tackles
- 13 tackles for loss
- 16 QB hits
- 6 passes defended
- 6 forced fumbles
- 3 fumble recoveries
- 1 touchdown
Playoffs (1 game)
- 3 tackles, 1 solo
- 0 sacks
Chase Young’s contract details with Washington
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Chase Young is through two seasons of his rookie contract worth a total of $34.56 million. Young's contract was fully guaranteed at signing and worth an annual value of $8.64 million.
Since Young was a first-round pick, his contract has a fifth-year team option, one Washington must select or decline in May of 2023 following the pass rusher's third NFL season.
As it stands snow, Young will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2025 season when he will be 26 years old.
Where did Chase Young go to college?
A standout at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., Chase Young was a consensus four-star recruit and had over 40 scholarship offers before choosing to play at the Ohio State University.
As a true freshman, Young played sparingly behind future NFL pass rushers Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard but still managed to record 3.5 sacks and five tackles for loss. As a sophomore, Young became a starter alongside Bosa and immediately made an impact, recording 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 13 games.
As a junior, Young was without a doubt the best player in college football. He finished the season with a nation-leading 16.5 sacks in just 12 games, while additionally recording 21 tackles for loss. Young finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting and became just the ninth defensive player ever to receive votes for college football's most prestigious NFL award.