Fear. That’s the primary feeling Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young instills in the minds of opposing NFL offenses on game day.
Left tackles, right tackles, and offensive linemen alike should fear Mr. Young. Any skill player near the line of scrimmage should as well. The 21-year-old, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 265 pounds, who donned No. 2 for The Ohio State University is simply a behemoth.
Chase Young entered his rookie season with Washington as the No. 2-overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s not usual for a defensive player to be recognized as a Heisman Trophy candidate, but Young earned his spot as an Ohio State Buckeyes’ junior.
Does 16.5 sacks (a single-season school record), 46 tackles (21 for loss), seven forced fumbles, three batted passes, and a blocked field goal do anything for you? It does for me. Goodness, gracious.
— NFL (@NFL) April 6, 2020
That’s correct. Mr. Young decided to forgo his senior season in Columbus, OH, to tackle the NFL. Why wouldn’t he? His draft stock wasn’t going to get any higher, and a college degree can always be finalized during the offseason.
Washington’s dreadful 3-13 campaign a season ago found them in last place in the NFC East. Of course, it wasn’t all bad. Getting the second pick in the NFL draft allowed the Football Team to get their hands on Chase Young.
Looking good donning No. 99 for the Burgundy and Gold, Young is obliterating the competition en route to NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY) accolades. With three regular-season games remaining and a one-game lead on the New York Giants in the division, Washington (6-7) is beginning to taste the NFC East crown.
Chase Young’s season statistics certainly stand out. He’s tallied 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three pass deflections, and one smooth trip to the heezy with the pigskin in hand this season. Stats aside, Mr. Young’s flashing speed, beastly strength, stout leverage, extraordinary hand technique, and endless motor mean everything.
In a category that’s figuratively in another galaxy for rookie NFL defensive ends, Chase Young is without a doubt the best rookie defender in the league in my mind.
It can be argued that Jeremy Chinn of the Carolina Panthers should be named the DROY in 2020-21. For me, I believe it’s a landslide victory for Chase Young. He’s the most impactful defender on a team that has a legitimate chance to win their division and punch a playoff ticket.
— NFL (@NFL) December 16, 2020
His play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday speaks for itself. A sack, a forced fumble, two deflected pigskin passes, a fumble recovery, and his aforementioned touchdown on a scoop-and-score. In doing so, Mr. Young became the first rookie in NFL history to achieve such a stat-line. Wow.
Against the 49ers, Chase Young recorded…
▫️ 6 tackles
▫️ 2 passes defended
▫️ 1 sack
▫️ 1 forced fumble
▫️ 1 fumble recovery
▫️ 1 touchdown
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) December 15, 2020
Looking past those statistics against the 49ers in Washington’s 23-15 win, the “eye test” showed Chase Young impacting almost every one of San Francisco’s offensive snaps. Bananas. This guy’s all that is man, my friends.
Wrapping a gargantuan Christmas bow on their 2020-21 regular-season, the Washington Football Team will play the Seattle Seahawks, Panthers, and their divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles down the stretch. If they can finish with flair, Washington will take home the NFC East title and clinch a playoff berth.
Chase Young will be the NFL’s DROY.
Until next week, be smart, stay safe, and stay healthy.