The two-time Super Bowl-winning edge rusher tells The Athletic:
“I can’t wait to see Chase Young at the pro level. Even seeing him his first year is not going to tell us the whole story. I cannot relate to being as hyped as he was or as talented as he was. My draft class was a down year. You know, I got picked second, the other defensive linemen that were picked in the top 10 were Vernon Gholston, Derrick Harvey, Sedrick Ellis and Glenn Dorsey, who had a nice career. The guys from that draft class that balled out and played long careers were obviously Calais Campbell — he turned out to be the best one — and me and Cliff Avril. So this is a different level of hype.
“This is a guy that’s supposed to transcend the position so to speak, generationally dominant, and that’s a tough ask for a guy to live up to that when you naturally are going to play on a bad team. Now the silver lining, though, is he’s surrounded by talent. That’s a way different D-line room to walk into than most top picks get to walk into, so I think he’s got that going for him. He’s got (Ryan) Kerrigan to learn from. He’s got (Montez) Sweat to take the pressure off him because Sweat is also still under some pressure. You’re going to want to see him continue to improve. He had seven sacks last year.
“The over/under for (Young) is 8.5 sacks. I’ll take the under, but only by a smidge.”