Detroit Lions draft prospect #1: Chase Young – EDGE
Oh yes, Chase Young – the most coveted prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft. This is the guy Detroit desperately needs.
Young stands at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds. When looking at him, he doesn’t look 265. That’s mostly due to most of his weight being muscle.
His size and build makes him a prototype edge rusher, and he showed that in the 2019 season. He was ranked first in the nation in sacks having 16.5, as well as forced fumbles having seven.
A big part of his success is his pass rushing techniques. He’s able to use the dip/rip, bull rushing, swim move, you name it! It seems like whatever the offensive line does, Young has a counter to it.
When it comes to run defense, the junior DE is very disciplined. He knows when to stay home on plays, and rarely over pursues. He shows his football IQ when left unblocked on plays, and doesn’t immediately crash to the flow of the play.
Young’s competitive toughness is off the charts. He has a high motor and extended endurance, while relentlessly pestering offensive tackles and quarterbacks with constant pressure. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and go after the football.
Despite all of these great traits, the behemoth does have some cons. Flipping from a two-point stance to a four-point frequently, he does have the tendency to stand straight up right as the ball is snapped. Sometimes his stance can also give away when he’s going back into pass coverage.
These cons aren’t deal breakers by any means, as they can easily be fixed over time with repetition and experience. Overall, Chase Young is the best player in this upcoming draft, there’s no debate about that.
All five of these prospects would be great additions for the Detroit Lions. The question remains, which one do you choose? Each guy has their pros and cons. The Lions also have a ton of weak points across the board, some more blatant than others. There’s really not a bad pick within this list, it’s just a matter of making the right one.