Washington Redskins Draft Ohio State Defensive End Chase Young With No. 2 Overall Pick

“I definitely think I’m the best player in the draft,” Chase Young, a defensive end from Ohio State, said at the N.F.L. combine in February. “I think I showed it on my tape.” Credit…Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

The Washington Redskins received what they wanted most with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft: a potential high-impact player.

The Redskins selected Ohio State defensive end Chase Young on Thursday, ending months of speculation by doing what many long ago predicted they would.

“I’ve dreamed of going to the NFL since I was about 6 years old,” Young said. “Like they say, you put the blood, sweat and tears into it. I believe I’ve done that all my life. It feels good to be in this moment.”

While some teams had called the Redskins in recent days about a trade, Washington was long intent on keeping the pick barring a massive haul. The Redskins viewed Young as a player who could affect all three levels of their defense and make game-changing plays.

That’s what Young did during his three seasons at Ohio State. Last season, he finished with 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in 12 games as the Buckeyes advanced to the College Football Playoff. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy vote, behind quarterbacks Joe Burrow (LSU), Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and Young’s teammate Justin Fields. Burrow went No. 1 in the draft to Cincinnati.

Thursday also marked the first time in the common draft era that the three top picks were teammates at some point in college. Young, Burrow and cornerback Jeff Okudah all played for Ohio State in 2017 before Burrow transferred to LSU. Okudah went No. 3 to Detroit.

Young left Ohio State ranked No. 2 on the school’s all-time sack list with 30.5. He also was a unanimous All-America selection and named the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten. The NCAA suspended Young for two games for an unauthorized loan from a family friend. He said he used it to help his girlfriend attend the 2019 Rose Bowl and he later repaid the loan in full.

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