• Matt Oehl

Following the Rookies: NFC East Washington Football Team

The Washington Football team had the 2nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and picked the most talented defender in Chase Young. He not only was the best player at a premier position of pass rusher but at the time he was arguably the most talented player in the draft and was a no-brainer pick. It wasn't necessarily a need of the Football Team but it helped solidify them as one of the best front 7's in the league, loaded with young talent.

Chase Young has started in all 10 games he has played in, missing week 4 due to a groin injury. He has recorded 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 pass defended, 27 tackles (22 solo/5 assisted), and 7 tackles for loss. Although his sacks numbers are great, he is being treated as one of the best pass rushers in the league by many teams. For example against the Giants, there was a play where he was triple-teamed by a lineman and 2 tight ends. Not many rookies are going to get the attention to get double-teamed yet the Giants put 3 blockers on him. He is elite as a pass rusher, with an array of moves and an elite combination of power and speed. He has already shown that he can handle and beat chip blocks from tight ends and running backs and still make a play on the quarterback. He has elite swim and spin moves as well as an excellent bull rush. Against the run, he is also elite. Starting with his motor which doesn't ever stop. His strength is shown when fending off blockers and pulling linemen as he holds his gap as well as the edge very well. His tackling is aggressive and violent taking ball carriers to the ground, both against the run and when sacking the quarterback. He isn't the type of pass rusher to take plays off and he has shown extreme attention to detail when rushing the passer, especially with his hand placement. He is a player who can consistently average 10+ sacks a year with ease, especially if the Football Team can keep solid pass rushers around him so he doesn't consistently get triple-teamed.

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