The Redskins got the best player in the draft in Chase Young.
Throughout the pre-draft process, one thing became evidently clear: Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young was the best player in the 2020 class. While the priority of the quarterback position remains supreme, Young landed with the Washington Redskins with the second pick in the draft.
After a junior season with the Buckeyes where Young tallied 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, the 6-foot-5 and 254 pounds pass rusher has received a ton of high praise. Now, entering the month of July, Young may have received the highest of praise from a former NFL general manager.
Charley Casserly, the first ever GM of the Houston Texans, a man responsible for drafting Mario Williams with the first overall pick (over Reggie Bush) in the 2006 NFL Draft, says Young is the best he’s ever seen in his time. First, Casserly said the Cleveland Browns may have had the steal of the draft in Grant Delpit, now he comments on Young.
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On NFL Total Access, Casserly discussed Young, saying:
“I think he’s going to be tremendous… I’ve scouted a lot of defensive ends. He’s better than Julius Peppers coming out, more instinctive and productive. Better than Jadeveon Clowney, more productive and healthy. He’s a better athlete than Mario Williams and more consistent than Myles Garrett. He’s a complete defensive end, sets the edge versus the run, can beat you outside on the rush and can beat you inside. Redskins are going to be a rotation, Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, look for him to play both the right end and left end and get 40 or 50 plays a game. From day one, the defenses will have to double team him to stop him on the pass rush” (Casserley via 247 Sports).
He said what about Young!?
Just to recap Casserley’s comments, Young is:
- More instinctive and productive than Julius Peppers
- More productive and healthy than Jadeveon Clowney
- A better athlete than Mario Williams
- More consistent than Myles Garrett
If there is any higher of praise for a pass rusher in the NFL, some please point the masses in that direction. Needless to say, the pressure facing Young heading into his rookie season is going to be extraordinary. Yet, there are not many that believe he cannot live up to all of the hype he is receiving.
As the Redskins look to expedite their rebuild, the Redskins will rely on two former Buckeyes and Heisman finalists: their quarterback in Dwayne Haskins and now Young. Entering with a world of hype, it is only a matter of time before Chase Young takes his first NFL snap.