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Five Things To Know About Redskins Defensive End Chase Young


The Washington Redskins just drafted Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick.

Young, who just celebrated his 21st birthday, joins a defensive front that is already filled with first-round picks like Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Daron Payne and Ryan Kerrigan. He is the third Buckeye to be drafted by Washington in two years with teammates Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Terry McLaurin being selected in the first and third rounds of the 2019 draft.

Here are five things to know about the newest player to wear burgundy and gold:

1. He played high school football at DeMatha and Pallotti in Maryland.

Young was born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and it was apparent from an early age that he had a unique skillset on the football field. According to a story published by The Athletic, Young played quarterback, linebacker, tight end and wide receiver before switching to defensive end at St. Vincent Pallotti High school in Laurel.

"Chase was a different animal than a number of defensive end prospects because it was clear that his frame was not even close to filled out, but his athleticism was just different. He was long, quick, strong," recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham told Sporting News in February.

The move payed off for both the Panthers and Young; the team won the MIAA C Conference title in 2013, and Young's play began to draw attention from college scouts.

Young transferred to DeMatha Catholic High School after his sophomore year, which led to even more success. He recorded 38 sacks in two years with the Stags and ended his senior year with a state championship.

Young ended his high school career with 34 college offers, according to his [Rivals]( recruiting profile. The list of interested schools included powerhouses like Alabama, LSU and Clemson, but Young ultimately chose Ohio State because of its "family-oriented" approach.

2. He's one of the few defensive players to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Young was nothing short of a dominant force with the Buckeyes. He ended his junior season leading college football with 16.5 sacks to go with 32 tackles and six forced fumbles. That earned him the honor of being named a Heisman Trophy finalist, making him just the ninth defensive player since 1982 to receive that distinction.

"I'm definitely blessed for this opportunity," Young said in December. "It's crazy. Growing up, never really thinking that defensive players have a chance to make it as a Heisman finalist and here I am and it's a blessing."

Young joins the likes of Jabrill Peppers, Tyrann Mathieu and Ndamukong Suh as recent non-offensive players to be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony. He, Suh, Steve Emtman and Warren Sapp are the only four defensive linemen in 36 years to be named finalists for the award.

Although he finished fourth in the final voting, Young was one of just three players to receive more than six first-place votes. He finished second in that category with 20 behind LSU's Joe Burrow, who won the award.

3. "One of the best edge-rushing prospects of the last decade."

Young believes he is the best player in this year's draft, and many top analysts agree with him.

"He's a complete player," former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly said of Young. "He can defend the run, he can set the edge on the outside...he can shed blocks, he can pursue. He does everything right."

The praise doesn't stop there. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah also sees Young as the best player in the draft, but he believes one of his biggest attributes is how he will impact the Redskins' defense.

"Not only is he going to win his one-on-ones when he gets them, but he's going to create so many double and triple teams his way it's going to be able to let other guys eat a little bit," Jeremiah said in February. "Montez Sweat is going to see nothing by one-on-ones, and he's going to have a chance for a huge year if this is the pairing that ends up coming together."

The term "generational talent" has been mentioned by Jeremiah and others when describing Young. Former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer even said "God put together that guy" wanting to create "one of the defensive ends to ever play college football."

There is no denying that Young's skillset is unique. Just take what longtime NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said of Young in one of his mock drafts as an example.

"[He's] one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the last decade."

4. He's the only DeMatha alumnus to be drafted with a Top 5 pick.

Dematha High School has a history of producing NFL-caliber players. Per Pro Football Reference, there have been 27 players with ties to the school in league history. Young now makes that number 28, and he is the only player taken with a Top 5 pick.

Technically, Young is the second player from DeMatha to be drafted in the first round of an NFL draft. Under those qualifications, linebacker Mike Johnson was the first to accomplish it when the Cleveland Browns selected him with the 18th overall pick of the 1984 Supplemental Draft.

Young is also only the third DeMatha player to be taken in the first three rounds. Defensive back Josh Wilson was taken 55th overall by the Detroit Lions in 2007, and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was taken 44th overall by the Denver Broncos in 2014. Johnson was in the league for nine seasons and made 129 starts, while Kouandjio played for four seasons as a backup.

Additionally, Young is just the third player with DMV ties to be taken with a top 2 pick in the past 20 years. The other two were Michael Vick, who grew up in Newport News, Virginia, in 2000, and Andrew Luck, who was born in Washington D.C., in 2012.

5."It would be a blessing" to play for the Redskins.

Young never had a favorite team; he preferred to root for individual players. But as a Maryland native, he would always watch Redskins games. Some of his favorite players included Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor. And on top of that, DeMatha High School is only a 15-minute drive from FedExField.

"It would mean a lot. Everybody who's known me since I was little could come to a game."

It's clear that his Ohio State teammates wanted to reunite with Young. Haskins, who also played high school football in Maryland, has stayed in touch with Young dating back to last year. Based on their conversations, Young said "he definitely wants me to come play with him."

Haskins has officially gotten his wish, and Young is coming home.

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