Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is widely considered to be one of the hottest prospects in college football but the 20-year-old is not letting the hype affect him.
The youngster is the heavy favourite to win the prestigious Heisman trophy, awarded to the best player in NCAA football, and briefly spoke to TMZ about his future.
Young insisted he was solely focused on finishing his time with Ohio and had not given the NFL draft much thought.
Despite this, there is plenty of buzz surrounding Young, who has been tipped to rival Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow as the 2020 draft’s number one pick.
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ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. recently said: “This is a guy who you think about [Jadeveon] Clowney. Same sack numbers.
“Same sack numbers as Myles Garrett. The attitude and approach of Chase, it would be perfect. Clowney, Garrett, Von Miller, the Bosas, [Joey and Nick]. That’s how you will expect him to be.”
Ex-Cincinnati Bengals coach Paul Alexander and Fox Sports commentator Joel Klatt have been even more effusive in their praise.
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Alexander compared Young to NFL legend Lawrence Taylor, while Klatt believes Young is a ‘Hall of Fame talent’.
Speaking on ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd’ , Klatt said: “I’m just saying that none of those quarterbacks are the level that Chase Young is.
“I believe there is only one guy per draft where you can be like ‘that’s a Hall of Fame talent,’ and Chase Young is that guy.
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“You can see him with a gold jacket, there’s no doubt. By the way, the second most advantageous aspect of any team is to rush the passer.
“You’ve got to get a lead — like Bill Walsh said — you get a lead, and then what do you do? You’ve got to rush the passer.”
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