OSU Defensive End Chase Young Declares For NFL Draft

Giants Could Target The Star Pass Rusher

Brandon Contes
January 03, 2020 - 2:41 pm

Ohio State’s star defensive end Chase Young has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Young is widely considered the best pass rusher coming out of college, but some even view him as the top prospect overall for the 2020 rookie class.

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It’s no secret the New York Giants must improve their ability to sack the opposing quarterback and with the fourth overall pick in the upcoming Draft, Big Blue will certainly take a look at Young.

“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 wrote in his Twitter announcement.

“I look forward to joining a new family in the NFL this spring and being part of something special.”

Many Giants’ fans hope Big Blue will end up being Young’s new family after the 2020 Draft.

Young emerged during his sophomore season with 34 tackles, 10.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 13 games for Ohio State in 2018. The 20-year old defensive end built on those numbers in 2019 with 46 tackles, 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 12 games.

In 2018, the Giants finished tied for 30th among NFL teams with 30 sacks on the season. Oddly enough, they were tied with the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman drafted defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 draft, acquired from the Cleveland Browns as part of their trade for Odell Beckham Jr. There was hope for Lawrence to help Big Blue’s pass rush, but with 2.5 sacks during his rookie campaign, the lineman proved to be more of a run stopper. This past season, the Giants improved their pass rush slightly, finishing 22nd in the league with 36 sacks.

Dexter Lawrence
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After they beat the Redskins in overtime during Week 16 this season, the Giants fell to fourth in the Draft, while Washington instead has the second overall pick. With both teams drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 Draft, Young could be a target of the Redskins and Giants in 2020. Big Blue would likely have to trade up to acquire the Ohio State defensive product.

The Giants have seen big returns from their top draft picks in each of the last two seasons. In 2018, running back Saquon Barkley totaled 15 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage. Big Blue’s 2019 draft pick Daniel Jones was heavily criticized by fans, but the rookie quarterback left them excited by the end of the season, throwing 24 touchdown passes in just 12 starts. Giants' fans would love to see Chase Young in blue with similar a rookie impact next season.