6 defensive ends the Panthers could draft in 2020
Chase Young – (Ohio State)
Simply put, Chase Young is the most exciting defensive end to come out of the college system in recent memory. He is a day-one starter with All-Pro potential that could even turn into a transcendent talent if he lives up to his potential.
If there were any lingering doubts surrounding Young’s ability, he has quashed all doubt with a phenomenal 2019 campaign that saw him record 16.5 sacks, 46 combined tackles, six forced fumbles, and three pass deflections. There has not been a buzz like this surrounding a defensive end since Jadeveon Clowney was taken first overall by the Houston Texans in 2014.
He appears locked to go No. 2 to the Washington Redskins, so any other team that is looking to acquire him is going to offer a king’s ransom to move up and select the player.
His pass-rushing moves are already that of a seasoned veteran and Young also possesses a tremendous ability to set the edge and make plays in the running game. When the player is at the very top of his game, he is an absolute nightmare for opposing offensive tackles.
It would be a huge shock if this trend did not continue when he gets to the NFL. The Carolina Panthers only have eight selections currently, so trading up might not be in their interests. However, pairing Young with 2019 first-round pick Brian Burns and veteran Kawann Short represents a mouth-watering prospect.