Chase Young earned a lot of labels leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, but one of the phrases used most to describe him was "complete player."
Young himself, though, seems to disagree with that assessment. During a Zoom call with local reporters on Monday, the defensive end indicated he's far from a finished product.
"I go back and look at all the mistakes I made in college on film," Young said. "It's a lot of stuff that I can correct. It's a lot of stuff. I can definitely get better."
That's an idea that many players, both college and pro, express all the time. But when Young was explaining where he needs to improve, it felt genuine. In fact, he had a whole mental list of skills that he's expecting to develop further, suggesting he's already studied himself extensively.
"My hands can definitely get better," he said. "My hips can definitely get better. My first step can. Hand placement in the run game can get better. It's a lot of stuff I got in my head that I'm focused on and I'm working on just so I can do better in the league than I did in college."
Young clearly watches himself and is aware of what he can do now and what he needs to do more of in the future. That hints at the maturity that Ron Rivera, Urban Meyer and others have noted he possesses.
The 21-year-old also draws inspiration from some of the NFL's most lethal defenders, however, a habit he picked up at Ohio State.
Back in Columbus, Young would ask his position coach, Larry Johnson, to put every NFL sack from the most recent week of action in a folder so he could digest them. He also requested film of Von Miller, Khalil Mack and the Bosa brothers, choosing those four menaces for obvious reasons.
Young feels like watching Nick and Joey, two former OSU stars, was particularly useful.
"They took our technique to the NFL," he said. "I watched them a lot just to see if it's working on the next level. And, obviously, it's working on the next level."
Soon, it'll be Young's turn to try and make it work on the next level. The Redskins' No. 2 overall selection will face a lot of pressure to create pressure for Washington and deliver on all of the hype that surrounds him.
Yet it sure doesn't appear like he'll be paying too much attention to all of that noise. That's for others to care about. While outsiders discuss grand things like Pro Bowls and division titles, he intends to hone in on the little things like his hand placement and footwork.
And if everything pays off, he'll be a better Redskin than he was Buckeye. That's a fun thought for the franchise's fans, and a scary one for opposing offensive linemen.
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