Washington’s decision to select Chase Young with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was viewed as a no-brainer.
Young was the best player in college football in the 2019 season, and it wasn’t all that close. The former Ohio State defensive end made collegiate offensive linemen look like JV football players. Washington was hoping Young would do the same in the NFL. But it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for Young in the league this season.
It’s way too early to call Young a bust. But he hasn’t looked like the dominant version of himself that we saw in college. There’s still plenty of time to prove his critics wrong.
Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell recently slammed Young in one of his recent columns, though. He’s still waiting for the “Real Chase Young” to show up.
“I’m still waiting for the Real Chase Young to show up,” Boswell wrote. “Young is a good pro, a high-energy player, but, so far, not an impact star — or close to it. You don’t feel his presence. He doesn’t distort opposing offenses and is often handled, even schooled, one-on-one, by tackles who outweigh him by 60 pounds.”
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— The Insider (@Insider) November 21, 2020
Luckily, Chase Young has plenty of time to work things out.
Rookie defensive linemen often have a tough time adjusting from college to the pros.
As long as Young keeps adjusting his game, he’ll keep getting better throughout his rookie season.