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As of this story, Chase Young is 84 days and a few hours away from being drafted by an NFL team.

The nearly flawless Ohio State pass rusher won't have to wait long to hear his name when the first round begins, and whatever teams lands him surely won't wait long to unleash him on opposing QBs.

For what it's worth, Terry McLaurin hopes "whatever team" refers to his team, the Redskins. McLaurin, who knows what a dangerous edge player looks like considering he was teammates with the Bosa brothers in Columbus, joined the Redskins Talk podcast at Super Bowl LIV in Miami to break down Young's game.

"Chase has those same intangibles," McLaurin said, comparing the 20-year-old to the Bosas. "And just the physical gifts he has, you're going to see him when he gets there. Everybody asks me about Chase Young, he's probably more of a solid Montez Sweat. You see how big Montez is, and to have another guy on the edge like that? I think that's a really unique opportunity."

The Redskins, like literally any other organization that plays football at any level in any place, would benefit from Young's presence.

Washington has invested heavily in the front of their defense, spending first-round picks on the aforementioned Sweat, Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen in recent seasons to go along with Ryan Kerrigan, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle.

As the 49ers have shown throughout their journey to the Super Bowl, the best thing to do after adding so much along the D-line is to, well, keep adding. At some point, the collection of talent will be too much for an offense to handle. Young could be that final piece in the Redskins' plan.

 

"I'm excited for him to be able to live out his dream, but I think it'd be really cool to have him where he grew up," McLaurin told Redskins Talk. 

As the draft approaches, there'll be discussion about whether the Redskins should stick with the No. 2 pick or move back and receive more selections. If someone like Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert sees their stock spike, for instance, then all of the sudden Washington could be in position to pile up more ammo. That'll be worth watching.

One thing that won't be worth watching, or listening to, or assessing, though, is if folks point to Young's final few games as a Buckeye as a reason for the Redskins not to take him. McLaurin knows that criticism is out there, but he has no interest in taking it seriously. 

"I'm a big Chase Young fan, not just as his former teammate but as a football fan, just the way he dominated," McLaurin said. "And for the people who are kind of questioning the way he necessarily didn't produce toward the end of the year, he was getting double or triple-teamed by some really good players."

Oh, and there's one more pivotal reason McLaurin wants Young to join his locker room. And it's one Dwyane Haskins would likely co-sign.

"We've got to kind of counteract those Alabama guys."

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