One hidden perk of social distancing: there's plenty of room on the highway to land your plane.
Song of the Day: "Let's Be Still" by The Head and the Heart.
Word of the Day: Porcine.
SMALLER BEAR TALKS PREDATOR. It's a hilarious indication about the state of Ohio State football when last year's No. 2 overall pick can confidently provide analysis of this year's No. 2 overall pick, because they're former Buckeye teammates who played on the same defensive line for two years.
And it's some excellent analysis, because I'm not convinced there's anyone else on the planet who's more qualified to give it than Nick Bosa.
If Washington called and asked you for your scouting report on Young, what would you tell them?
I’d tell them he’s got Jadeveon Clowney’s athletic ability, with Coach Johnson’s tutelage. And that’s a pretty scary combination. ...
What would you say is the best part of Chase’s game?
Just his ability to get off the ball. He’s got the twitchy get-off you can’t teach. Like, I have to jump off the ball perfectly to get a good get-off. He’s just got that crazy, freakish athleticism and then he’s super strong, too. He definitely needs to learn how to use his power a little more, which he will definitely find out in the NFL, and I’ve been telling him (that). But I just think his get-off, and then he’s also got great technique. There are so many things that I could say are his best attributes. He’s got really long arms. I feel like maybe his closing on the quarterback is probably his best attribute. He doesn’t miss very often.
What’s something a college defensive end needs to concentrate on when he moves to the NFL?
There are better players, obviously. There are some games where you see the tackles he’s going against (in college) and it’s a complete joke — to see him running around these kids like they’re standing still. And you don’t run into anyone like that in the NFL. Once you get to the NFL, you’re facing a beast every week for the most part. And for Chase, he’s already got such great finesse moves. Obviously, he’ll continue to improve them, but I don’t think speed rushing will be an issue for him. I think he’ll be able to get 10-plus sacks a year just off of speed rushes. But I think where I found out — I don’t have the speed that he has — but I found out that power needs to be in your repertoire because these tackles are really athletic. And if you’re just sticking to one thing and if you don’t set up your moves, you might have a rough day. So I think for him — he’s already so developed in his finesse game, I feel like he needs to work on implementing some different types of power moves.
I don't know what makes me more furious, missing out on a full season of a Chase Young and Nick Bosa pass-rushing duo, or missing out on Joey Bosa and Noah Spence.
Hopefully, we get three years of Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau to make up for it. It's only fair!
FOLKS, CHASE YOUNG IS GOOD. We're kind of running out of time to talk about how profanely good Chase Young's junior season was, because he's about to become a multi-millionaire and play at the next level.
"Young was the only FBS player in 2019 whose average tackle produced negative yardage."
That's damn near the most absurd stat I've ever heard about a player that averaged more than 50 snaps per game. If you don't know how that compares to other players, his sack rate graphed against everybody else in the draft.
His name is labeled, but it doesn't need to be.
Here's the 2020 edge rushing class. Chase Young is good. pic.twitter.com/JgxeFtX9Qc— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) April 9, 2020
It was probably unfair for everyone involved that he had to play collegiate football last season, but I'll tell you what, I'm sure glad it was for my team.
“HE'LL PLAY 10 YEARS.” This shouldn't really be all that shocking, but it sounds like one season at Ohio State did more for Jonah Jackson's NFL Draft stock and general career prospects than four years at Rutgers.
Jackson started for 1 ½ seasons before graduating from Rutgers and playing a final season at the other end of the Big Ten standings as a grad transfer. “You walked on the field at Ohio State and looked at the offensive linemen and you could pick out the guy from Rutgers right away,” said one scout. “He’s got a horrible body. He’s a little bit behind having been at Rutgers. The beginning-of-the-year film wasn’t as good in a new scheme. But then, by the end of the year, he was playing well, and he did well at the Senior Bowl. He doesn’t do everything pretty, but he’s a good football player. He’s a great, great guy, and he’s got some mean to him.” Started 16 games for the Scarlet Knights, mostly at RG but also three times at center, before moving to LG in Columbus. “I hate Rutgers players, but that Jackson kid, he’ll play 10 years,” said another scout. “He’s a tough (guy) and he’s smart.” From Media, Pa.
I love how they talk about his time at Rutgers the same way they would talk about someone with an injury, like it's completely wasted development time he'll never get back and will have to work to overcome.
And I mean, I'm not sure I disagree with that sentiment.
ALL THE WAY FROM ITALY. My brick-brained self erroneously thought Aaron Craft was the only former basketbuck in Italy during the coronavirus outbreak over there, but I was very wrong.
I must offer my sincerest apologies to Amedeo Della Valle – the finest Italian three-point specialist in Buckeye history and the rightful 2014-15 USG President (count the votes correctly, cowards).
The good news is, he's healthy and well, and he's got some experiences to share.
Props to the interviewer for properly addressing him as "an Ohio State legend." You're damn right he is.
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