Redskins DC Jack Del Rio says ‘sky is the limit’ for Chase Young
New Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has not been able to work with top draft pick Chase Young, at least not on the field. The coronavirus has essentially forced team personnel around the league to institute virtual offseason programs, which is as much learning as the players are able to get.
But despite the complications brought about by COVID-19, Del Rio is still high on Young’s talent. He told JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington the “sky is the limit” in terms of what Young can do on the gridiron.
Jack Del Rio says it's been difficult not being hands on with Chase Young but the "sky is the limit" in what he can bring to the Redskins pic.twitter.com/GZqTX7IgcW
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) May 28, 2020
There were some questions as to whether the Redskins would consider trading down from the No. 2 pick, and thus trading off the opportunity to select Young.
But Washington was pretty consistent in its desire to draft Young, who established himself as the best defensive player in college football last season.
Young racked up 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in just 12 games with the Ohio State Buckeyes last year, winning both the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award. His combination of size and speed has drawn some comparisons to Jadeveon Clowney, and many scouts regarded him as the best player in the draft.
Del Rio is hoping to oversee a defensive group that has the potential to be dominant in 2020. Young gives the Redskins yet another lethal pass-rusher in a front seven that already includes Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, and Matthew Ioannidis.
Much of Washington’s improvement will be dependent on the growth of quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but–if Del Rio is to be believed–Young could have a transformative impact on this Redskins defense.