'Generational talent' is a term so often overused to describe NFL prospects, but in the case of Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, it absolutely applies, says draft analyst Mike Renner.
Including past No. 1 picks Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett, Young may be "the actual generational talent of the bunch," the Pro Football Focus analyst tells The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.
Young is the preeminent favorite to be the first non-quarterback selected and Renner is all-aboard the hype, implying that Young stands out from the best edge rushers in past drafts.
"I think with Myles Garrett, you saw him at times in college just get shut down. He didn't have a ton of pass-rushing moves. I think Chase Young, the difference between him and Garrett is that he has a lot more moves at this point in his skill set. I mean, similar athletically. Both are just off the charts athletically."
Garrett, one of the AFC's top game-wreckers, was a machine during his time at Texas A&M, amassing 31 sacks in three seasons before he was selected first in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Renner proceeds to compare Young to Clowney, who made a name for himself at the University of South Carolina before he was selected first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.
"I think with Jadeveon Clowney, he was far more unpolished and also a little bit stiffer than the other guys, couldn't really bend the edge," he said. "But these two guys – Myles Garrett and Chase Young – there's not really anything they can't do about the position."
Clowney recorded 21 sacks for the Gamecocks during his first two seasons, but only had three more added on during his junior year.
"I just think Chase Young's just more polished coming out," Renner added. "I would (rate Young better than those two). I'm not going to put him in the Hall of Fame yet, but I think he's very close to perennial Pro Bowler, like from Day 1."
While a lot of speculation suggests the Redskins could look to part ways with the draft selection, Renner doesn't expect the team's front office to pass on taking a player like Young.
"I think just the way the Redskins are, in terms of how they draft in the past, and how good Chase Young is, I don't think it's going to happen," he said. "I think if you pass on Chase Young, just optically, your fanbase is gonna have a hard time processing that. If you go see him be a Hall of Famer for some other franchise, you're not going to be able to live that down the rest of your career as a GM or executive.
"So I do think that, while there will be trades at certainly No. 3 – like teams are going to want to come up to get Tua or to get Herbert, one of these guys at the top of the draft – I don't think it's gonna be at No. 2."