Chase Young built up quite a reputation during his time in Columbus, Ohio. Accumulating 30.5 sacks over three seasons (including 16.5 sacks in 2019) will do that. That reputation has now followed him to the professional ranks, where big things are expected in his rookie season.
Pro Football Focus ranked Young as the 17th best pass rusher heading into the 2020 season. The 2nd overall pick in April’s draft obviously has high expectations to live up to, and PFF sees no reason why Young can’t reach them.
“It might seem like madness to rank a rookie this high before he has taken an NFL snap,” the list states. “We have all seen highly touted rookies amount to nothing at the next level, but it speaks to just how dominant Young was in college and how confident we are in his transition.”
The article, which ranks Young ahead of pass rushers like Dee Ford, Yannick Ngakoue and Frank Clark, compares the Ohio State product to Nick and Joey Bosa, two former Buckeyes who hit the ground running professionally. Joey has tallied 40.0 sacks over his first four seasons, while Nick finished with 9.0 sacks in his rookie campaign last season. Both walked away with Rookie of the Year honors.
Teaming with 2018 first round pick Montez Sweat, Young has already shown flashes of his ability so far at training camp. And if lists like this are any indication, he won’t be sneaking up on anyone this upcoming season.