Chase Young won’t have to wait too long to hear his name called in Thursday night’s NFL Draft, provided his internet doesn’t buffer at the wrong moment. The former Ohio State defensive end is expected to be selected by the Washington Redskins with the second overall pick. Possibly going third to the Detroit Lions is former Buckeye cornerback Jeff Okudah.
There are 12 different former Ohio State Buckeyes in NFL Mock Drafts. And it looks like the program could be on the verge of doing something it has never done before.
Young was a 5-star prospect out of Maryland who was ranked as the No. 7 player overall in the 2017 class and the No. 2 weakside defensive end in the nation. (Who was No. 1, you ask? Jaelan Phillips, who ended up at UCLA and posted just 4.5 sacks in two years before retiring and then unretiring and transferring to Miami last year.)
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper released his first 2020 mock draft on Friday and three former Buckeyes filled out his first three picks. Going first overall to the Cincinnati Bengals is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who spent his first three seasons in college football at Ohio State. All Burrow did in 2019 is have the greatest season for a college quarterback ever.
Junior defensive end Chase Young just announced that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter his name in the 2020 NFL Draft.