This is possibly the easiest decision a team has had to make in the last decade. The Lions have a huge need for an impact pass rusher and Young is the best prospect in the class and the best prospect overall for quite some time.
Young is the most dominant pass rusher to come out of college in quite some time. Since 2014, according to Pro Football Focus, Young has by far been the best edge defender in college football.
In 2019 Young received an overall grade of 97.0 for his efforts, 3.1 points higher than the next best season from a college defender in the last five to six years. That next highest grade belongs to Nick Bosa, for his 2017 season. As we all now know, Bosa would go on to have a tremendous impact for the San Francisco 49ers in year one, even winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Young is already just as good as Bosa, if not better. When he is on the field he must have two defenders on him or he will likely beat the man across from him. Even if double-teamed, there is no guarantee that he won’t make the big play.
Because Young is so good at what he does, even when he has a high-pad level he can still easily overcome blockers with his combination of size and raw strength. Even though it seems scary to think about, Young can be even better than he already is once he can consistently keep his pad level low.
Plugging him into a starting role right away is a no-brainer move and he could provide his team, in this case, the Lions, not only Defensive Rookie of the Year play but possibly Defensive Player of the Year play.