Chase Young may simply be too good to pass up on. He has made a case for himself to be the first defensive player in the running for the Heisman trophy in a long time. The dominant edge rusher has already racked up 16.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 7 forced fumbles. That sack total is enough to break Ohio State’s single season record. He has done all of this in just nine games.
The Maryland native would come in and almost assuredly contribute double digit sacks out of the gate. Adding Young to a defensive line that already has Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Carl Lawson, and Sam Hubbard would make for an almost unblockable group. The pressure he generates would free up the others to increase their production significantly. With opposing quarterbacks on the run, it may also help out the back seven in coverage. Overall, he has the ability to transform the entire defense.
There is very little doubt in Young’s ability. Every scout and analyst has him as the best player in all of college football. He will enter the draft after his true junior season, meaning he will be just 21 years old with very few miles on his body. He has never suffered a significant injury.
The Bengals would be getting a Pro Bowl caliber player and cornerstone of the franchise with this selection.