1. Chase Young, DE
First and foremost, let’s start with Buckeyes stud junior defensive end Chase Young.
He stepped in after the injury to Nick Bosa to post 10.5 sacks despite playing with two sprained ankles throughout the year, including three in the Big Ten title game against Northwestern.
He has ideal size for an end at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, and some room on his frame to put on a little more weight, if needed.
Young also possesses a knack for the big play in the big moments. Who can forget his stuff on Miles Sanders to end the Penn St. game in Happy Valley last year.
Young enters the season as the premier Buckeye prospect and if the draft were to be held tomorrow, he’d likely be a top-five selection.
While much is made about the defensive backs Ohio State produces, Young will continue the recent tradition of edge rushers to take on the professional level.
Joey Bosa was the third pick of the Chargers, while the aforementioned Nick Bosa was picked second by the 49ers last spring.
Young is trending in that direction as a Sporting News Preseason All-American. Expectations are that he will live up to the hype.