Will Chase Young Continue A Recent Buckeye Tradition?


The transition from college football to the NFL can be difficult. Recently, however for products of the Ohio State football defense, it's been rather seamless. For three of the last four years, it's been Buckeyes who have won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. In 2016 it was the Chargers Joey Bosa. A year later, the Saints Marshon Lattimore won it and this past season, Joey's brother Nick Bosa of the 49ers was the winner. Heading into this coming season, oddsmakers have another Buckeye on the radar to win it again. Chase Young, drafted No. 2 overall by Washington, is the favorite to win the award in 2020.

While Young, at 5-1 is the favorite, you can get decent odds on another Buckeye. Jeff Okudah, the No. 3 selection to Detroit, is currently 20-1 according to BetOnline.ag.

On the offensive side of the ball, not surprisingly, No. 1 pick Joe Burrow of the Bengals is the favorite.

If you look at that list on offense, Buckeye running back J.K. Dobbins, drafted in the second round by Baltimore, is an intriguing long shot. Dobbins is 16-1. He'll be playing in a Ravens offense tailored towards the running game. With Lamar Jackson at quarterback, Baltimore is a run first offense. The only downside to Dobbins situation is he's expected to be part of a two running back system and will share carries with veteran Mark Ingram.

If you want to go further down the defensive and offensive boards, two more Buckeyes you could wager on are linebacker Malik Harrison and receiver K.J. Hill. Harrison, a third round pick for Baltimore is a 33-1 long shot to win the defensive award. On the offensive side, Hill, a seventh rounder with the L.A. Chargers is 40-1.