Recently, Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera spoke about his team’s defensive end, Chase Young. To say that he praised him to the high heavens would be an understatement. In fact, he even compared the 21-year-old to the likes of Julius Peppers and Von Miller.
Speaking to the team’s official website, Rivera said, “He’s not quite as big as Julius was. He’s built like him, he’s a mini version of him. He’s got a little bit more of that initial explosion. Julius was very long and his explosion was good, but because of his length it seemed even better than it really, truly was. I mean Julius was phenomenal, and this is a young man who could be that type of player.”
The 40-year-old Peppers towers at 6-foot-7 and has had an impressive career in the NFL. In his heyday, Peppers boasts of nine Pro Bowls, three first team All-Pros and the 2002 NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Peppers also found himself in NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s and 2010s era. He also lies fourth in the sacks list with 159.5 before he chose to hang up his boots after the 2018 season.
While Peppers may be a giant, Young is 6 foot and 5 inches tall and he is incredibly athletic. His ability with the ball also makes him an obvious pick at No. 2 overall for the Redskins. Interestingly, Rivera also name-dropped Von Miller in the same breath as Chase Young.
“Von Miller comes to my mind when I watch Chase and I watch him work out and I watch the tape he’s putting out,” Rivera admitted, “So I’m pretty excited about seeing him.”
Chase Young is still in the early stages of his NFL career. So, it will take some time before he can compare to the likes of Miller and Peppers in their rookie campaigns. However, one thing is for certain, the Redskins defensive front will be a tough nut to crack in 2020.