ESPN - There's not much Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio can say about former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young. Del Rio just started his new gig and hasn't dived too deeply into preparations for the 2020 NFL draft.
However, there's not much Del Rio needs to say. He has already lived through the impact a pass-rusher like Young can make.
Del Rio was in Carolina when the Panthers drafted Julius Peppers No. 2 overall in 2002. He was in Denver a year after the Broncos selected Von Miller at No. 2 in 2011. He arrived in Oakland a year after Khalil Mack was selected at No. 5 in 2014.
It's no coincidence that, during his three seasons as Denver's defensive coordinator under Fox, the Broncos ranked third in third-down defense. Over the past two seasons combined, the Redskins ranked last in third-down defense.
Anyone have a lighter, a spoon, and a syringe? Because I want to melt down this article and inject it straight into my veins. I'm high as hell after reading about what JDL has done with elite defensive ends in the past and even higher after thinking about what he will be able to do with Montez Sweat on one side and Chase Young on the other.
As a rookie under Del Rio in 2002, Julius Peppers had 12 sacks.
Del Rio then took a job in Denver where Von Miller had 11.5 sacks his rookie season, only to pick up an unreal 18.5 sacks under Del Rio the next year.
And finally, Khalil Mack had 4 sacks in 2014...and you know what happened next...JDL came to town and Mack demolished QBs to the tune of 15 sacks in 2015.
Are you rock hard yet?
Last year Montez Sweat had 7 sacks as a rookie. He without a doubt will have double digits next season.
And then Chase Young. Boy oh boy. The guy who just had 16.5 sacks in 12 games at Ohio State will be lining up opposite of Montez Sweat, while playing under Jack Del Rio? Pray for Danny Dimes and Carson Wentz because it's about to get reallll violent in their backfields.
And the fact he will be added to a young core that was just graded the most productive rookie class of 2019?
I cannot wait for next football season to start.