Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young put on a dominant performance against Wisconsin and continues to look like the best prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Wisconsin’s offense struggled to get anything going and Young took the air out of their comeback hopes with two huge sack-fumbles in the 2nd half.
Young possesses tremendous length and quickness, and it was hard for anyone on Wisconsin’s offensive line to get their hands on him throughout the game.
He consistently flew off the edge and won with his initial quickness off of the snap. Young was able to convert his speed into power and displayed tremendous ability with his bull rush, which included a power rush through a double team for a sack in the 1st half.
Ohio State allowed him to show off his versatility and athleticism, and he even saw a few snaps as an off-ball linebacker. Though those looks were limited, he was able to get push through the interior of the pocket when called upon.
Young was able to bring pressure in a variety of ways, and he consistently won by using his agility to beat Wisconsin’s tackles on their inside shoulders.
He’s a proven play-maker that single-handedly sealed the game for the Buckeyes in the 2nd half.
Wisconsin put together two strong drives but Young was able to win one-on-one matchups to end both drives via sack-fumble by Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan.
Young also made things difficult for the Badgers in the running game.
Stand-out Jonathan Taylor was limited to just 52 yards on 20 carries, and Young’s ability to penetrate gaps off the snap forced cutbacks into traffic. He received support from Ohio State’s strong defensive unit, but Young played a large role in Taylor’s struggles.
Young had a few times where he gave a little ground and couldn’t effectively shed hands at the point-of-attack, although there were still flashes. Even when he crashed on the read-option, he displayed tremendous effort and a great motor chasing the ball downfield in pursuit.
He’s put together a strong season and looks the part of a future cornerstone for a NFL franchise, and he has one of the highest ceilings of any player in this draft class.
Young proved to be a difference-maker in Ohio State’s biggest game at this point in the season, and he’s making a strong argument to be the first non-quarterback selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.