Mock Draft Mania -'s 'Criticism' of Chase

Chris Russell

We continue our "Mock Draft Mania" series with a one-round mock projection but with two items that I haven't seen much of, if at all. 

One - Fairly strong pointers/criticism of Chase Young.

Two - Betting odds for every team on whether they take and offensive or defensive choice. 

Matt De Lima wrote this for and two things jumped out: Not that he has six receivers going in the first round but instead it was the analysis after the Redskins pick at No. 2 of Chase Young:

"While I think Young is every bit as talented as all the scouting reports say, there will be growing pains. My personal evaluation is that defense is about 80% play/ball awareness. You just have to have a nose for the football whether you’re the plug-the-gap middle linebacker, deep safety or a pass rusher. Young benefitted from often being the biggest, most athletic guy on the field in college. It’ll come, but I feel strongly that he will need some seasoning. If there’s one team that has shown no ability to develop a player, it’s Washington. Take from that what you will."

This is not scathing criticism by any means. It's just rare at least based on what I've seen and maybe I'm missing it?

I do think it's going to be difficult to expect 12-14 sacks out of Young in his rookie year. I could be wrong, but I see him playing a limited package of snaps early on as he adjusts (growing pains?) because the Redskins presumably will have Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson and Montez Sweat all in the rotation. 

Also I liked the betting odds breakdown offense and defense per pick that De Lima provided, per DraftKings Sports Book. 

For example: These are the Redskins odds "Betting Crystal Ball (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook): Defense (-400); Offense (+350)." 

Obviously a heavy slant towards the defense. 

Every single team pick in the first round gets these, so check it out. 

Somehow, a first-round mock projection without trades became interesting to me from a Redskins and overall perspective. 

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