2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ohio State EDGE Chase Young

HEIGHT: 6-5 / WEIGHT: 265 / COLLEGE: Ohio State / CLASS: Junior

2019 STATS: 46 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, 7 forced fumbles (12 games)

CAREER STATS: 98 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 30.5 sacks, 8 passes defended, 9 forced fumbles (34 games)

GAMES WATCHED (6): Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin (BTC), Clemson (2019)


BALL GET-OFF (19/20)

  • Explosive get-off out of two- and three-point stances
  • Good snap count anticipation
  • Good first-step quickness
  • Very good upfield acceleration


  • Strong edge-setter who rarely gives up outside contain
  • Good stack-and-shed ability
  • Holds gaps well and gives up little to no ground as a point of attack run defender
  • Speed and agility make him a good backside run defender — can chase down ball-carriers on plays that are run away from his side of the field
  • Consistent, reliable, wrap-up tackler
  • Generally processes run plays quickly
  • Good awareness of pulling linemen

TECHNIQUE (13.5/15)

  • Fairly skilled hand fighter with highly effective club/swim and side scissor moves
  • Has utilized cross/chop, push/pull, club/rip and forklift techniques as well
  • Does a good job of setting up inside pass-rush moves
  • Nuanced pass-rusher who incorporates subtleties like hesitation moves and shoulder fakes to keep offensive linemen guessing
  • Pad level is generally good
  • Lands hands accurately on most run-defending reps and gets full extension when shedding blocks
  • Attacks the football when closing in on quarterbacks (forced seven fumbles in 2019!)
  • Could still improve ability to set up counters/recognition of when to use them

POWER (15/15)

  • Can collapse/condense pockets with powerful bull rush
  • Strong enough to hold up at 3-technique DT on obvious passing downs
  • Converts speed to power


  • Impressive bend for a 6-5, 265-pound athlete
  • Very good at flipping his hips while running the arc
  • Can turn a fairly tight corner to the quarterback on outside rushes


  • Possesses an NFL-ready body frame with good length
  • Size, athleticism and strength make him a fit to play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB
  • Can line up as an interior defensive lineman on obvious passing downs

MOTOR (5/5)

  • High-effort player on run and pass downs
  • Keeps hands and feet active if he doesn’t win a pass-rush rep right away or if he gives up ground when attempting to hold a gap


  • Very good closing speed/short-area burst
  • Impressive agility for his size — can quickly cross an offensive tackle’s face off on an outside rush fake or loop inside on a stunt
  • Comfortable in shallow zone coverage drops

OVERALL GRADE: 94.50/100.00 — ELITE — Future All-Pro

NFL COMPARISON: Julius Peppers

SCHEME FIT: 4-3 strong-side DE; can also play 4-3 weak-side DE or 3-4 OLB


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