April 23, 2020

Chase Young Selected No. 2 Overall by the Washington Redskins

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chase Young, Ohio State’s outstanding defensive end, was selected with the second overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins after the Cincinnati Bengals selected his former teammate and Ohio State graduate, Joe Burrow, with the overall No. 1 pick of the draft. The draft is being held remotely this year because of the stay-at-home and no-gatherings declarations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young, the consensus top defensive player in college football this year who won six major awards and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, is the fifth Buckeye to be selected among the top five picks in the last five drafts. He ties his former teammate, Nick Bosa, as the fourth-highest pick in school history.

Ohio State’s Highest First-Round Draft Picks
Year    Sel.#     Player, Pos. (Team)
1997     1          Orlando Pace, OT (St. Louis Rams)
1994     1          Dan Wilkinson, DT (Cincinnati Bengals)
1979     1          Tom Cousineau, LB (Buffalo Bills)
2020     2          Chase Young, DE (Washington Redskins)
2019     2          Nick Bosa, DE (San Francisco 49ers)
1938     2          Jim McDonald, DB (Philadelphia Eagles)
2016     3          Joey Bosa, DE (San Diego Chargers)
1997     3          Shawn Springs, CB (Seattle Seahawks)
1974     3          John Hicks, OL (New York Giants)
1956     3          Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, RB (Houston Oilers)
2018     4          Denzel Ward, CB (Cleveland Browns)
2016     4          Ezekiel Elliott, RB (Dallas Cowboys)
1983     4          Art Schlichter, QB (Indianapolis Colts)
1978     4          Chris Ward, OL (New York Jets)
2006     5          A.J. Hawk, LB (Green Bay Packers)
1963     5          Bob Vogel, T (Baltimore Colts)
1962     5          Bob Ferguson, FB (Pittsburgh Steelers)

No. 1 in No. 1s
Young’s selection increases Ohio State’s total number of first round NFL Draft picks to 82 and moves the program to the top of that all-time list. Ohio State now has 82 first round picks with USC second (81) and Notre Dame third (69).

Most NFL First-Round Draft Picks*
1. Ohio State – 82
2. USC – 81
3. Notre Dame – 69
4. Miami  – 63
5. Alabama – 62
*After two picks of the 2020 NFL Draft

Chase Young – Ohio State Career Overview
#2 / Defensive End / 6-5, 265 / Upper Marlboro, Md. / DeMatha Catholic

  • Team captain and unanimous All-American in 2019 who also won six major individual awards
  • A 2019 finalist for the Heisman Trophy … just the ninth defensive player out of 159 total finalists since 1982 and only the fourth defensive linemen (Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, 2009; Miami’s Warren Sapp, 1994; and Washington’s Steve Emtman, 1991)
  • Won Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy – both recognize nation’s outstanding defensive player –  and also won the Ted Hendricks award as outstanding defensive end in 2019
  • Won three Big Ten Conference awards as a junior: the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s best player and the Big Ten’s Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year awards
  • Led the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5) and sacks per game (1.38) and was the nucleus of an Ohio State defense that was No. 1 nationally in total defense (259.7 yards per game), No. 1 in passing yardage (156.0 yards per game), and No. 4 in scoring (13.7 points per game)
  • 2 nationally in 2019 in tackles-for-loss (21.5) and TFLs per game (1.8) and led in forced fumbles
  • Set school records with 16.5 quarterback sacks and 117 sack yards
  • Finishes second (to Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0 sacks and 245 sack yards) with 31.0 career sacks and 211 sack yards