In 2016, the Chargers struck gold when they drafted Joey Bosa with the third overall pick. Three years later, the 49ers did the same when they took Nick Bosa second overall. The same is expected this year when Washington likely selects Chase Young with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
These three are connected beyond being top-flight pass rushers. They all starred at Ohio State, where they were taught by legendary defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Young will be compared to both Bosa brothers for a long while, and for good reason.
Washington receiver Terry McLaurin had the honor of playing with the three pass rushers at Ohio State, and he thinks Young has the highest ceiling of all of them.
“I’ve seen them all,” McLaurin said. “In college, I felt like Chase was the most productive of the three, and he has the chance to possibly be the best. That doesn’t take anything away from [Joey and Nick]. That just tells you how good he can be.”
Along with being only the fourth defensive lineman to ever be named a Heisman finalist, Young is also the consensus top prospect in the draft. There was never any doubt about this, either. Young went “wire-to-wire as the best NFL prospect from the beginning of the college football season to the start of the draft,” according to SB Nation draft expert Dan Kadar.
If Young is on the same level as the Bosas, his value cannot be overstated. We saw Nick’s play in the 49ers’ run to the Super Bowl, while Joey has been consistently great since he entered the league. Both Bosa brothers won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and have combined for 49 sacks since turning pro.
Young has a lot to live up to if he is going to match, let alone surpass, those two. Is it realistic to expect that?