LA Rams fans have to catch a glimpse of Ohio State OLB Chase Young at NFL Combine workouts
Ohio State Buckeye OLB Chase Young has the tools to become a generational pass rusher. All LA Rams fans should make sure they watch him during his workout sessions. Young is another player that the Rams will have on their 2020 draft board. Selecting him? Another matter altogether.
Young played three seasons at Ohio State University. In college, Young registered 30.5 sacks with nine forced fumbles. He made 98 total tackles. In summary, Young was a force to disrupt opposing offenses.
He stands 6-feet-5 weighing 265 pounds. The prototypical ideal size for edge rushers is 6-feet-5 weighing 275 pounds. Physically, he passes the eye test. However, he has caught the eye of many football scouts.
Lance Zierlein of nfl.com compares him to Julius Peppers. In addition, Zierlein gives Young a grade of 7.4 which means he is a potential, perennial all pro performer. He reports his thoughts on Young:
"He has the traits to overwhelm many of the tackles he faces, and it won’t take long for teams to add a bull-rush, a rip-and-run and a stab counter into his repertoire. He plays a little upright at the point of attack, and his ball awareness is below average, but those concerns aren’t enough to counterbalance his range and agility as a run defender. Young possesses superior traits and the ability to wreck and alter offensive game-plans as a perennial All-Pro."
Young would be the ideal edge rusher to replace Dante Fowler if the Rams are unable to re-sign him and he signs elsewhere. There would not be much of a talent drop between Fowler and Young. Actually, Young would be a much less expensive option than Fowler.
The scouting website, thedraftnetwork.com, shares insights into Young’s athleticism:
"Although he primarily lines up at DE he projects as a player with both schematic versatility and true positional flexibility. He can either be a 4-3 DE, 4-3 stacked backer or a 3-4 OLB. Chase displays excellent reactive athleticism as a defender. In the passing game he is a dynamic rusher."
Young’s presence on the Rams roster would give them the best defense in the NFL West division. Much like Nick Bosa to complete their defensive front seven, Young would certainly solve the Rams question over edge rusher.
Rams fans, be sure to catch his Combine workouts. It’s guaranteed to be must-watch tv.