Former DeMatha Catholic High School playmaker Chase Young is coming back home to the DMV after the Washington Redskins selected him with the No. 2 pick of the 2020 NFL draft.
“You know, it was something I always had in my heart, something I always wanted to do,” Young said about being a first-round pick. “I feel like it was definitely when I finished my season that I knew. And then I thought I could be a top pick in this draft.”
The Upper Marlboro native was a force to be reckoned with during his time with the Stags as he totaled 19 sacks, 118 tackles, five forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns during his senior year in 2016. Those efforts led DeMatha to an undefeated season, and the Stags won the WCAC Championship over St. John’s College High School, 34-29.
Despite all of the attention, Young does not feel any pressure about being the hometown hero.
“I don’t really call it the pressure; I just call it the motivation,” Young said. “I feel like everything just happens at the moment. It just gives me a lot of motivation. I want to keep my best foot forward and keep moving.”
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive lineman, played in 38 games for the Buckeyes from 2017-19 as he recorded 99 tackles, 42.5 tackles for loss, 30.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.
As a junior in 2019, Young got to the quarterback with ease registering 16.5 sacks, which set the Ohio State single-season record and was the highest total in the nation.
Last season, he led the nation with seven forced fumbles, and Young also was a unanimous All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist.
Washington Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera will have an edge rusher that should be able to make big plays sooner rather than later. He always knew that Young would be the guy during the draft process.
“We’ve always felt pretty good about Chase,” Rivera said. “It was just a matter of us doing our due diligence going through the process obviously. But when you look at the draft order, and you look at what Cincinnati needed, you always kind of felt that Chase would be the guy.”
With the NFL regular season seemingly just around the corner, Young is beaming with confidence and is ready to go.
“I feel like I’m the best player in this draft,” Young said. “It was after I put it on film because I know at the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters is how you play football. So you know, I was just real precise and real technical in the things I did in the game to try to be the best player that I could be.”