4 young Panthers players who could shine at Washington

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Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers OLB

Jeremy Chinn has a chance to solidify his claim for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020. The second-round pick knows that another leading contender for the award is on the opposite side of the gridiron in Chase Young, so that should be incentive enough to continue his exceptional series of performances this season.

One could argue that Chinn is far more deserving than Young. Both are immensely gifted but the former Southern Illinois star has been far more consistent over a prolonged period of time compared to the flashes that the No. 2 overall selection has demonstrated.

That will probably count for nothing if Washington makes the playoffs. But Chinn gets an opportunity to outshine someone who was projected as the best defensive end to enter the NFL in a generation.

Chinn’s path to the next level wasn’t as straight-forward, but it is perhaps even more impressive. The Carolina Panthers saw enough in the do-it-all defender to move up to No. 64 and it was one of the shrewdest moves made by the organization in quite some time.

Simply put, Chinn has the world at his feet.

Just where he’ll be lining up for the Panthers next season is unclear. However, his importance on defense will only improve over time and he is going to have another big say in proceedings at Washington.