Dominating as a pass rusher as a rookie in the NFL is not an easy matter. The challenge of the role is extremely complex, as each new week there is a new opponent, a new quarterback, a new set of plays and formations, and perhaps most of all, a new blocking strategy.
While LA Rams fans have been blessed with the presence of All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, and 'the Aaron Donald effect,' his presence cannot allow fans to become numb or disinterested in the stellar potential of players who find a way to get after the quarterback.
Rushing the passer is simply not an easy task, and is a role that requires time to perfect. That is why the LA Rams have a great opportunity with rookie OLB Byron Young. He is not perfect, but he is ahead of his timeline in terms of bringing the heat and pain to opposing quarterbacks:
Got that DAWG in him
Sometimes, it's just too good to be true. But that is not the case for LA Rams rookie outside line backer Byron Young. He is not simply laying in wait behind the shadow of Rams DT Aaron Donald. This guy can play. He has all of the skillsets and awareness to succeed at the position. All he needs now is bonafide NFL experience, and he is adding to his reservoir of knowledge with each additional game.
Curiously, not all fans are sold on the young pass rusher. Some believe that he is only a product of playing alongside Aaron Donald. Others try to compare his rookie numbers to those of the best veterans in the NFL. To truly appreciate what a diamond Byron Young is, we have to place him against similar performances. So let's take a look at how he stacks up to the best prospects drafted at pass rusher since LA Rams HC Sean McVay was hired in 2017 to coach the Rams:
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