Is Chase Young "The Next J.J. Watt''? That path can be envisioned.
“Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network recently discussed which players will “blow our minds” in 2021. (Hat-tip USA Today). It was panelist Kyle Brandt who pinpointed the Washington Football Team's No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and the Defensive Rookie of the Year as the "mind-blower'' for the coming season ...
And as a player who might be on a Watt-like track.
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Young finished with 7.5 sacks last year, but that isn't the point. The point is about second-year growth from pass-rushers. There are tangible reasons to believe that Young's numbers will jump in 2021, one of them being, as Brandt points out, how he grew as last season marched on.
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"If you can think of a more explosive, more talented defensive player right now that you want to buy stock in, I’ll go to Washington and say Chase Young. I think there are special, big, big-time things coming from him. One year in, it seems like he got better as the year went on.''
And then came Brandt's "second-year pass-rusher performance'' list. To wit:
- J.J. Watt — 20.5 sacks
- Derrick Thomas — 20 sacks
- Aldon Smith — 19.5 sacks
- Von Miller — 18.5 sacks
- Reggie White — 18 sacks
Watt, of course, is the greatest player in Houston Texans history, a multi-time NFL Player of the Year now in Arizona and someday, in Canton.
“This is the list that I think Chase Young is going to be on,” Brandt said. “He’s that good, that fast, that explosive. That whole rookie year had the vibe of ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet.’”