The New York Jets should still target Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft despite his recent suspension.
New York Jets fans are already gearing up for what should be a crucial offseason for the team. And while it’s a shame that we’ve reached that point only eight weeks into the season, it’s just the reality of the situation.
And there is perhaps no greater highlight of the offseason than the NFL Draft.
With a goal of building for the future — and an expected top-five pick — the Jets will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on some of the top players in college football. One of those players is Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young.
Young is the consensus top defensive player in the country right now and someone who most analysts feel is the best player in the entire 2020 draft class. Many have even said that he’s a better prospect than either Nick Bosa or Joey Bosa were coming out of OSU.
That’s some high praise given that Nick is likely a Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite and Joey is a former winner of the award and a Pro Bowler in his own right.
Unfortunately, the supposed best player in college football has recently been at the center of suspension talks from the NCAA following the acceptance of a loan back in 2018.
The loan was reportedly accepted and used to fly his girlfriend out to the Rose Bowl in which Young was competing. Young has since also repaid the loan in full.
Now, without this turning into a “why the NCAA is ridiculous” editorial, let’s just leave it at this. None of this will affect Chase Young’s draft stock.
Not the impending four-game suspension that awaits him. Not the possible loss of a bowl appearance that may be in his future.
None of it will hurt his standing among NFL franchises.
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Young was and still is viewed as the possible best player in this upcoming class and missing a few games because of a questionable suspension for taking a loan (and then paying it back) will certainly not affect how NFL teams view him as a prospect.
And the Jets may just be fortunate enough to be in a position to take him.
While the offensive line remains a top priority, there doesn’t appear to be that can’t-miss prospect worth taking in the top five. While a trade-down could also be explored, there’s no guarantee the right offers are on the table.
Young would still fill a major position of need while also giving the Jets the consensus best player in the class.
While he may miss some time in college, don’t expect to hear his name called beyond the first three picks once April comes around.
And Young should absolutely still be one of the Jets’ top targets this offseason.