Ohio State Buckeyes’ defensive end Chase Young is going pro. Young, who finished third in this year’s Heisman Trophy voting, announced on Friday that he will enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
Young had a monster season with Ohio State, contributing with 48 tackles, 16.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and three pass deflections in 2019. This made him a candidate for the No.1 overall pick in this year’s draft, and the 20-year-old is widely considered to be the best player in his class.
“After an amazing three years at Ohio State, it’s time for me to begin the next chapter. I’m excited to finally announce my declaration for the 2020 NFL draft,” Young said in a statement posted on his Instagram account. “I am excited for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to joining a new family in the NFL this spring and being part of something special. Thank you all again and see you soon on Sundays. God bless and go Bucks!”
Despite arguably being the best player available in the draft, Chase Young isn’t projected to go first overall. Cincinnati Bengals own the No.1 pick, and it is believed that they will take LSU’s quarterback Joe Burrow as a successor for inconsistent Andy Dalton. The more realistic option for Young is to be taken by Washington Redskins, who own the No.2 pick.
If Young ends up in Washington, he would be reunited with QB Dwayne Haskins with whom he shared the locker room at Ohio State. Haskins was drafted 15th overall by Redskins in 2019 NFL Draft.