How Teams Compare Chase Young to Other Top Edge Draftees
Updated Dec. 13, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
NFL teams like to put pro comparisons on draft prospects because they feel those can gauge a potential career path for a player. Evaluators also acknowledge the player may not be as good as the comparison, but they could have a similar style of play in the NFL. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is the favorite to end up being the top prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft regardless of position, and that puts him in the league of other edge rushers who went high past in first rounds, including Myles Garrett in 2017 and Jadeveon Clowney in 2017, the highest-graded prospects and No .1-overall picks for their draft classes.
WalterFootball.com reached out to a wide range of league sources to gauge how Young compared to the prospects of other draft classes. We spoke with multiple general managers, directors of college scouting, national scouts and area scouts. We asked how Young compared to not only Garrett and Clowney, but other recent high pick edge rushers like Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, Bradley Chubb and Khalil Mack. Here's the breakdown on their responses:
AFC general manager: "Interesting question. Young is in the Khalil Mack/Von Miller category. Young is not as strong or powerful as Garrett, Clowney or Joey Bosa."
NFC general manager: "He's similar to Garrett and Clowney; Young has more twitch than Clowney."
AFC director of pro personnel: "He's a cross between Joey Bosa and Clowney. Young has more power than Von [Miller] and Garrett in my opinion."
AFC director of college scouting: "His skill set is a notch below Clowney and Garrett, but ahead of Chubb and the Bosa brothers"
AFC director of college scouting: "Young is dynamic, they all were, but he's not like Garrett or Clowney coming out."
AFC director of college scouting: "I would say his comp is Julius Peppers, not those guys."
AFC area scout: "I would put him ahead of the Bosa brothers for sure. I have a hard time saying who's better between Young and Chubb."
AFC national scout: "Chase Young is the best, better than all of them."
NFC national scout: "Young does not have the skill set of Clowney or Garrett, but he's more talented than the Bosa brothers and Bradley Chubb. Young is big and looks the part in person."