Buckeyes DE Chase Young says he's 'the best player in the draft'
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Buckeyes DE Chase Young says he’s ‘the best player in the draft’

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

Former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is not short on confidence.

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“I definitely think I’m the best player in the draft,” Young said to ABC news. “I think I showed on my tape, you can look at every game, I think I showed [it].”

Young will have to rely on that tape as he decided not to participate in the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis; and it is indeed impressive. Despite missing two games due to suspension in 2019, he still managed to lead college football with 16.5 sacks. In total he racked up 46 tackles and forced six fumbles en route to a College Football Playoff appearance. ‘

His dominance in the trenches was historic at Ohio State as he became the first Buckeye to win the Chuck Bednarik Award for best defensive player in the country; and he became just the ninth ever defensive player to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Despite his gawdy numbers, the junior from Hyattsville, Maryland had a relatively quiet end to the year. After totaling a combined seven sacks in the weeks sandwiching his suspension, Young was held sackless in his final three games. He said however the dry spell did not concern him.

“I put up some pretty good numbers so far. I led the nation in sacks missing two games. What I did was enough,” he said. “If you know football, you would see that.”

Even with his game breaking speed and strength it is unlikely his name will come off the draft board first. With two strong quarterback prospects (Joe Burrow and Tua Tugaviloa) in the class and with two quarterback desperate teams at the top of the draft order, CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards projects Young going third to the Detroit Lions. 

Young came to Ohio State University as a five-star recruit out of Dematha Catholic High School, where he totaled 19 sacks on the way to the 2016 Maryland State championship. Young saw limited action as a freshman in 2017 but burst onto the scene his sophomore year; earning Second team All-Big Ten honors. To open 2019 he posted four straight multi-sack games and ended the year doubling his tackles for loss with 21.

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“That first day at [training] camp, when I step on the field, I want to be the best player I can be. I don’t want to waste time trying to be a combine athlete,” Young said. “I need to know I put my best foot forward trying to be the best player I can be.”

Young said he will participate in position drills at Ohio State’s Pro Day on March 25. Young is predicted to go in the first round of this year’s draft, which will be held on April 23 in Las Vegas. 

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