*Our DL grades can and will change as more information comes in from Pro Day workouts, leaked Wonderlic test results, etc. We will update ratings as new info becomes available.


I don’t have to write some glowing, convincing case here…what’s the point? I agree with everyone else – Chase Young is a fantastic edge rush prospect. A talent like few we’ve seen before. He has all the athletic gifts, the quality tape, and statistical output against all levels of opponents to prove it. No one has a bad thing to say about Young, in fact most agree he is the #1 prospect in the draft over Joe Burrow. I don’t believe that, but most everyone in the football intelligentsia does. I’ll address that in a moment.

Young won’t have a pre-Draft workout with official speed-agility, etc., time…so, we have to go by estimates/projections for things based on the tape. What I see – he looks like he has the movement skills of the top pass rush prospects in recent years and maybe better.

I have five notes to share about Young, and two of them negative…because someone needs to counter the incessant fawning (but in the end he rates great for us too).

 -- The main thing that jumps out on Young, watching his tape – he pretty much wins every one-on-one matchup/snap. He’s almost unblockable. College tackles prayed they guessed right and got ahead of him when getting back on pass coverage, and because of Young’s skills most college offenses just designed plays to get the ball out fast or otherwise get away from the storm of Chase Young rushing off either edge because tackles were hard-pressed to slow him much less stop him.

 -- Young plays with his ‘head up’. Guys like Joey Bosa (the older Bosa) drive me nuts working with his head down…that is to say, they just try to beat their blocker in a mad dash to get to the QB, with their heads down unaware of most things going on. They are just trying to get to the QB, and you can run plays right through their wide-open gap when they blindly overcommit to get to the QB every play.

I believe, Young plays with much better awareness than Bosa or Myles Garrett, with their blind pass/backfield rush pursuit…which allows Young to make a few more plays in the run game or drop into coverage smarter/better occasionally.

 -- Young’s stop-start ability is astounding. Many great pass rushers are just a freight train coming with great hand moves to swim or flashy spin moves to get past blockers. Young can do some of that but he can also pause, assess, find a different gap and accelerate to openings/plays as well as just speed or power rushing blockers. Young is more agile than he is extremely fast.


 -- Why I have some question on Young’s straight-speed…

Watching him against Clemson in the CFB playoffs, he was chasing Trevor Lawrence from behind a few times (when Lawrence was running on purpose or escaping) and Young didn’t close the gap on him, in fact he never caught full running Lawrence. Which means Young might be a 4.6+ runner not a 4.4s type freak.  

 -- Young doesn’t chase a lot of plays. He works his side and then if the plays are going away from him, he’s not trying to get involved or move that way at all. Which isn’t evil…an edge rusher conserving himself/his energy, but note Young has the ability to get to plays…but he chooses not to, a lot. When he gets multiples of millions of dollars in a few weeks…I don’t think that will change. He gets paid for sacks and pressures…and that’s what he tends to go for more playing all over. He plays with his head up, so he sees things coming his way better…but if it goes the other way he just watches mostly.

It’s not a terrible thing, but I like my edge guys staying active and engaged…however, if I had Chase Young or a Bosa, I might want them to save their energy for the next play/s to be my pass rush guy and to hell with everything else.


You know what you’re getting with Chase Young – elite pass rusher with high-end physical tools. He’s a touch arrogant, diva-ish because he’s been treated special all 2019-2020…but you can live with that if a guy gets 12+ sacks and 20+ QB hits a season off the edge for you. Edge players don’t have to be team leaders or geniuses – just harass the QB constantly, and we’re good!


Chase Young, Through the Lens of Our DE Scouting Algorithm:

Led the NCAA in sacks in 2019 (16.5) and is second all-time in the Big Ten with 30.5 sacks (#19 in NCAA history). 

Led the NCAA in forced fumbles (7) in 2019. 

Three or more sacks in three games in his career (all Big Ten conference games).

Eight games with two or more sacks in his career (all Big Ten conference games).

Had at least 1.0 TFLs in a game in 14 of his last 16 college games. 

The Historical DE Prospects to Whom Chase Young Most Compares Within Our System:

Young reminds me more of Myles Garrett than Montez Sweat, but Sweat had the super-elite measurables among them. Young is also a much better version of Josh Allen (from 2019 NFL Draft). 

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*A score of 8.00+ is where we see a stronger correlation of DEs going on to become NFL good/great/elite. A score of 10.00+ is more rarefied air in our system and indicates a greater probability of becoming an elite NFL DE.

All of the DE ratings are based on a 0–10 scale, but a player can score negative, or above a 10.0 in certain instances.

Power-Strength Metrics = A combination of several measurements. An attempt to classify the DE prospect as more of a battle-in-the-trenches type of DE, a 'bull-rusher', and/or a DE prospect who has some DT capabilities.

Speed-Agility Metrics = A combination of several speed, agility, size measurements. A unique measuring system to look for DEs who profile more as speed-rush, stand-up DEs, and/or possible OLBs.

Pass-Rusher Rating = A combination of physical measurables, and college performance, graded historically for future NFL profiling. In the simplest of terms, this is an attempt to classify whether a particular DE is likely to achieve high sack totals in the NFL. We know the 'system'/scheme the DE goes on to play in has a part in future success...but so do the player's skills and performance history. "You can't keep a good man/DE down," we'd like to think.

Tackling Rating = A combination of physical measurables, and college performance, graded historically for future NFL profiling. In the simplest of terms, this is an attempt to classify the DE as one more likely to be involved in a heavy amount of tackles, tackles for a loss, and forced fumbles. Lower-scoring DEs in this subcategory tend to be more pure pass-rushers/specialists. This is also our attempt to quantify, if it's possible, the 'toughness' of a player.

2020 NFL Draft Outlook:

Young is either going #1 or #2 in the Draft, likely #2.

If I were an NFL GM, I would not choose Young over Joe Burrow. I would never bypass a franchise QB for a franchise edge rusher. No one really talks about the edge rushers being key to great teams/title winners. Would you rather have Patrick Mahomes or Nick Bosa (from the last Super Bowl teams)?

From the 2019 NFL Draft, is Kyler Murray or Nick Bosa going to matter more ahead for wins-losses? Which will sell more tickets, get more TV ratings for their team?

From the 2018 NFL Draft, would you rather have Lamar Jackson…or top DE pick Bradley Chubb?

From the 2017 NFL Draft, do you think Cleveland would rather go back in time and draft Patrick Mahomes…or stick with Myles Garrett?

From the 2016 NFL Draft…who has had more win-loss impact…Jared Goff or Dak Prescott or Joey Bosa?

Push comes to shove, and the money needs to be paid…looking at ‘the Dynasty’ (New England) – Tom Brady stays when Chandler Jones goes.

How many titles has J.J. Watt won?

NFL media/analyst class ranking Chase Young or Nick Bosa or Bradley Chubb or Myles Garrett or Joey Bosa as the #1/best prospect in their given drafts is predictable, and they never break ranks from their thinking. It’s become a religious dogma for them now.

It’s more devious/empty a ranking than you think…

I think the football analysts do this to show how smart and highbrow they think they are. It’s the equivalent to the Oscars/Best Pictures from the movies in a given year…

You’re an unwashed, uneducated, to-be-scoffed-at person by the smart football analysts if you like quarterbacks…the wine snob football people always tell you you’re wrong and it’s the edge rusher that matters more/#1 ranked prospect. Just like the Oscar nominees/winner for best picture in a given year are usually movies people, by and large, didn’t see (didn’t want to see), while the top box office movies are scoffed at as ‘things the peasants like’.

Proclaiming a foreign film no one saw as the best film…why that’s a clever trick to that makes the critics seem smarter than you, ahead of the curve…anything to be ‘unlike you’ and your stupid football or movie ways. Anything to show they know more intricate details about football than you – they show us how they are so different by all copying each other’s rankings, I guess.

I can provide real life backup on that last rant…

OK, let’s say we were being wine snobs/highbrow football evaluators…and we value things that matter more in the trenches, because that cleverly excludes the football commoners because they don’t know the O-Line as well, don’t focus on it (the dirty secret is – the football analysts don’t know either, but they talk a good game). OK, let’s do that…let’s focus on what’s really key (so they say) – the interior line/the trenches. Alright, then Chase Young makes sense as top/#1 pick candidate in that sense…but then why don’t half the wine snob football elites claim Louisville Offensive Tackle Mekhi Beckton as the possible #1 overall prospect? He’s a freak unlike anything most of us have seen at a highly critical position on the interior.

You know how many are claiming that Becton is the #1 best prospect in the draft…0.0%. How many claiming he’s #2 then? 0.0%. Any #3 evaluators for Becton? Very, very few/none. How is he not in the #1 pick conversation if he is so good and the front line positions are SO important (and they are)?

THEY all say the same thing every year…

____ QB will go #1 in the draft but ____ edge rusher is REALLY the best prospect in the draft, just take it from us because we all 100% agree without dissent on it. These football analysts are the worst…no diversity of thought at all. And that unified front scares me a bit that Chase Young isn’t as good as we all think…because usually THEY are so wrong so often, I get the chills agreeing with them on anything.

I agree, he’s the best edge rush prospect in the draft. I don’t agree that he is the #1 best prospect, and maybe not the #2 either.

NFL Outlook:   

He’s going top two in the draft, he’ll have 10+ sacks a season consistently. If he has longevity, he might have a chance at a Hall of Fame type career based on sack accumulations.