Chase Young will not go through workout drills at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week, according to multiple media reports.
The former Ohio State defensive end, widely considered among the top picks in the draft, is not injured, and according to reports has spent the winter in Los Angeles training for the draft.
However, at the combine Young will skip on-field testing in favor of going through position drills at Ohio State’s pro day on March 25, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Young is expected to go through interviews and physicals with teams.
On-field workouts for defensive linemen are scheduled for Saturday; bench pressing is held the previous day.
There is little question about Young’s draft stock after his prolific junior season last fall in which he set Ohio State’s single-season sack record and overwhelmed offensive tackles with his speed and size.
Most analysts project him to be picked near the top of the draft, similar to former OSU pass rushers Joey and Nick Bosa, each of whom was taken among the top three selections in 2016 and ’19.
Young is among 11 former Ohio State players scheduled to be in Indianapolis for the combine. He is scheduled to speak with reporters on Thursday at the combine with other defensive linemen.
Interestingly, an OSU draft prospect has been injured during the bench press portion of the combine in each of the previous two years — offensive lineman Billy Price in 2018 and cornerback Kendall Sheffield last year. Both injured their pectoral muscle.