One of the best draft prospects the college ranks has to offer has officially declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young announced via Twitter that he intends to forgo his senior year with the Buckeyes and take his talents to the NFL.
“After an amazing three years at Ohio State, it’s time for me to begin the next chapter,” Young wrote in his tweet. “I’m excited to finally announce my declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft.”
Young is widely considered the best defensive player in the draft. He finishes his Buckeyes career with 40.5 tackles for loss and 30.5 sacks in three years. His final year was by far his most efficient, accumulating a nation-leading 16.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 46 total tackles.
Originally, there was some confusion whether Young would declare for the draft. Prior to Ohio State’s playoff game, he told TMZ Sports that he planned on returning for his senior year. Later, he clarified that he had no plan yet.
It was never really much of a question that Young would report for the NFL Draft. He doesn’t have anything left to prove in the college ranks, and as a near-guaranteed top-five pick, there’s no reason for him to risk injury for a chance at a National Championship.
As for how it pertains to the Detroit Lions, the team certainly would benefit from a pass rushing threat like Young. The question remains whether Young will be available for Detroit with the third overall pick.