Defensive rookie of the year: Chase Young

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In Week 17 of the 2019 season, Washington lost to the Giants in a game that had no bearing on the playoffs but had a huge impact on the future of the franchise.

Washington secured the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as a result of that loss and used it on defensive end Chase Young. The ripple effects of that loss carried all the way to Week 17 of this season when what’s now known as the Washington Football Team beat the Eagles to win the NFC East.

Young had a sack, three quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery in a 20-14 win that wrapped up a rookie season befitting the volumes of hype that accompanied his move from Ohio State to the NFL.

Washington has used several first-round picks on defensive linemen in recent years. Young joins Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, and Da’Ron Payne to form a unit that should continue to make life difficult for offenses in future seasons. Given how disruptive Young has been this season, it looks like he’ll player that those offenses are going to fear the most.

Young finished the year with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He returned one of those fumbles for a touchdown in a 23-15 win over the 49ers that was part of the four-game winning streak that pushed Washington into first place in the division.

Safety Jeremy Chinn looks like a foundation piece for the defense the Panthers hope to build and Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen looked right at home in the starting lineup for a division winner on day one. Both players would make fine choices as the defensive rookie of the year, but Young’s playmaking and disruption up front is what led PFT to name him as our choice for that award.

20 responses to “Defensive rookie of the year: Chase Young

  1. No brained. Kid is straight up disruptive on the field. WFT invested a lot of draft capital on his cohorts on the defensive line, and he took advantage of the favorable looks their presence provided him.

  2. I was kinda hesitant to jump on the Chase Young bandwagon but have came around to appreciate his passion and playmaking ability but Kamren Curl is a very close second maybe even 1.A as far as having an impact on our defense

  3. Pretty easy choice really. Young continued to improve as the year progressed and the long NFL season wasn’t too much for him.

  4. Still think long term they will regret not taking a qb . D end was their strongest position and they could have added a haul for that second pick.

  5. As an Eagles fan, I expect him to be a headache for the team for a long time – perhaps being another Strahan-like presence in the division.

  6. Hands down, absolutely no doubt about this pick. He’s one of the best in the league, not just rookies. They got themselves a stud there.

  7. Although Queens stats look good he graded out very low as many of his tackles were down the field as he was out of position a lot. Don’t be surprised if long term Jordyn Brooks has a better career.

  8. “Dude is good but not scary good. He has a strong supporting line to help him”

    Dude is also a 21 year old baby. Next year he’ll be stronger and more experienced. He gets chipped and doubled 50% of the game for a reason.

  9. He’s got the motor no doubt. The question will be does he stay hungry after he gets paid, or does he disappear like a lot of these guys do. No question he was rookie of the year

  10. It is not just his ability on the field that is special about this man, it is his leadership skills on and off the field at such a young age that are truly special!

  11. I used to play Maddon in my youth, and I would create a player, jacked up and 99 overall..

    This dude exceeds anything I could have created. He’s legit

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