'My passion is unmatched': Chase Young explains why he should be the No. 1 overall pick in NFL Draft
Through most of the college football season, Chase Young was in the conversation to be the top overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. The Ohio State defensive end was referred to often as a “game-wrecker” and was arguably the best player to step on the college field in 2019.
Conversations about Young being taken No. 1 overall have tapered off. With the rise of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Young failing to register a sack in the final three games of the season, it’s almost a guarantee that Burrow will be the top choice by the Cincinnati Bengals in April.
But Young isn’t done making his pitch just yet. During the NFL Scouting Combine, Young made the case to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“No one else prepares like me,” Young said, according to 247Sports. “My love for the game is unmatched. My passion is unmatched. They say No. 1 prospects want to be the best, but I really want to be the best. Ask my friends, my coaches, family.”
This week, Young attended the NFL Scouting Combine, but did not participate in on-field drills.
Young finished the season with 16.5 sacks, forced six fumbles, three pass break-ups and a blocked kick. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was a consensus All-American and was named the B1G Defensive Player of the Year. He’ll undoubtedly be a top three selection come the NFL Draft.
But being in the top three still isn’t where Young wants to be. He wants to hear his name called first.