Chase Young, EDGE
Every so often a defensive player will enter the NFL and their success is considered inevitable. Browns fans can relate, as that is exactly what they had when they drafted Myles Garrett. The Washington Football Team left the 2020 NFL draft with the consensus best defensive player available, Chase Young.
Young checks all the boxes. Young’s combination of size, speed, and athleticism put him in a special top-tier category that is reserved for elite players. His measurables were only outshined by his production while at Ohio State. Young also smashes the eye test, and he is definitely the first player that you would bring off the bus.
So far, through two games, Young has been as advertised. The game wrecking ability he showed in college has translated to the NFL. Young has registered two and half sacks through his first two games for Washington.
Expect the Browns to dedicate a tight-end or a fullback to help the Browns’ tackles deal with Young. A strong running game aiding their play-action attack would go a long way in slowing down Young’s pursuit of Baker Mayfield on Sunday.
The X-factor when it comes to Young is how he is used. Most of his success thus far has come when he is lined up on the opposing teams’ left tackles. However, Washington inexplicably drops him into zone coverage way more than you would expect. The Browns can only hope that Young spends a few snaps in coverage and not in relentless pursuit of Mayfield.