1. EDGE Chase Young
It’s going to be interesting to watch Chase Young in action during the 2020 NFL campaign. There is a lot of hype about the 2020 first-round draft pick. And rightfully so.
Young was the best defensive player in college football during the 2019 season and many viewed him as the best overall player in the 2020 NFL Draft class. Sure, some would argue that Joe Burrow deserves that nod, but consensus across the league, Young was the safer prospect with a high floor and an enormous ceiling.
During his final season at Ohio State, Young totaled a whopping 16.5 sacks and was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive front. He has many ways to win at the point of attack. He uses speed, athleticism, strength, elite get off, bull rushes, and hand moves to get around offensive linemen and wreak havoc in the backfield. Young is a polished player and he should be ready to produce right away for the Redskins.
The only concern surrounding Young is whether or not the shortened offseason will impact the start of his career. With the COVID-19 pandemic impact rookie report dates, training camp, and the preseason, he has had to do a lot of work away from the facility. That may not matter much in the end, but if Young starts slower than expected, that could be part of why.
Nonetheless, Young figures to be a game-changer for the Washington defense. They already had an elite defensive line without Young. Adding him gives them a top-two unit league-wide if all their talent stays healthy. If Young can consistently generate pressure and get into the backfield, he should have a chance to notch double-digit sacks and make plenty of big plays during his first season.
Young certainly should be ready to hit the ground running. And if he finds success, the ‘Skins defense will surely benefit from it. Expect him to create plenty of fireworks as he challenges for a potential spot as the Defensive Rookie of the Year for 2020.