It’s crazy to think about but after two games on Monday Night Football, we are already a quarter of the way through the NFL season. With planned bye weeks yet to start, all but two teams — the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers had their game postponed this weekend due to positive COVID-19 tests — have played four games, which gives a decent sample size.
Because of this The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler, a frequent guest on the Bucknuts Morning 5 podcast talking NFL, released his NFL All-Rookie Team at the quarter of the season on Monday. As you might imagine, after 10 Buckeyes were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, multiple Ohio State players made Brugler’s list.
Leading the way is defensive end Chase Young, who was the No. 2 overall pick to The Washington Football Team last spring, who is Brugler’s selection as an edge rusher. Here is what Brugler wrote about Young:
The No. 1 ranked player on my draft board from start to finish, Young has been as good as advertised and is quickly establishing himself as one of the better pass rushers in the league. Despite missing the last game and a half with a groin strain, the former Buckeye is still the clear choice here.
Young currently leads all rookies in sacks (2.5) and pressures (five), adding a forced fumble in his 121 snaps on the young season. As long as he stays healthy, Young shouldn’t have any trouble reaching double-digit sacks in Year 1. And if he can average one sack per game the rest of the way, he will match the NFL rookie record for sacks in a season (14.5, Jevon Kearse).
After finishing his junior season at Ohio State as a Heisman Trophy finalist and making the trip to New York City for the award presentation, Young got to work to make sure he continued his success in the NFL. When he was selected by Washington, Young, a Hyattsville, Maryland, was going back home to a rebuilding team and hoped to be the type of star the franchise hasn’t had in a long time.
Brugler’s runner up at interior offensive lineman is another Buckeye in Jonah Jackson. Although Jackson only played one season at Ohio State after transferring from Rutgers, Scarlet and Gray fans will certainly claim Jackson. Here is what Brugler wrote about Jackson:
When he transferred from Rutgers to Ohio State last season, Jackson’s high-level play and veteran savvy were a stabilizing force for the Buckeyes’ front-five. And through four games, he is doing similar things in Detroit as the starting left guard. Jackson was labeled as a plug-and-play prospect during the process and he hasn’t disappointed the Lions, who traded up to secure his services.
Jackson stepped right into the starting five on Ohio State’s offensive line at left guard and was a major part of the Buckeye offense helping the team get back to the College Football Playoff by finishing as a first-team All-Big Ten honoree. Jackson was a third-round pick by the Detroit Lions.
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Brugler named five other former Scarlet and Gray players as honorable mentions in Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins and linebacker Malik Harrison, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah and Los Angeles Rams safety Jordan Fuller.