Weight: 265 lbs.
College: Ohio State
Young is long, athletic, powerful and physical. He knows where to be and aggressively gets after the passer, evidenced by his 16.5 sacks thus far in 2019. He’s proven to be disciplined in rushing the passer and stopping the run while remaining productive against tough Big Ten competition. The Heisman Trophy finalist is a blue-chip player who was a five-star recruit in high school.
Young may have room for improvement in vision and the small details in his game, but there aren’t many glaring weaknesses. Of course, going against stronger and powerful NFL offensive linemen may be a challenge, but there’s nothing Young has shown so far that suggests he won’t be ready to make an impact early in his career.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins already have one of the better pass rushes in the league with a sack percentage of 7.82%. However, if Young were available at Washington's pick, it would be an excellent value for one of college football’s most dominant players.
Building strength on strength opposite former first rounder Jonathan Allen would give the Redskins excellent depth on the defensive line. Granted, Young seems best suited for a 4-3 scheme, and the Redskins run a 3-4 scheme.
While it may be unconventional to invest so heavily to a position of strength, the San Francisco 49ers are already reaping the benefits of spending top-10 picks on defensive ends in three of the past four years. Drafting DeForest Buckner in 2016 and Solomon Thomas in 2017 didn’t keep them from adding a stand-out talent Nick Bosa in 2019 at No. 2 overall, which is where Washington would pick if the season ended today.
Chase Young is a dominant, productive college player with high upside that would be a great value for Washington at the top of the draft.
Projected Round: Top 5 of 1st round