Young, the No. 2 overall pick out of Ohio State, told reporters during a video conference that he might get even taller, according to ESPN. He said his father, Greg, went from 6 feet 7 inches tall in his sophomore year of college to 6 feet 10 inches about three years later.
“It's a possibility I could grow late,” he said. “A lot of people told me my growth plates, there's still some room. It won't affect my game. It's something I'll adapt to, staying flexible. If you're tall, you've got to be a lot more flexible. I'll be the same person whether I'm 6'7'' or 6'1''. Everything's cool.”
Young comes from a tall family. According to ESPN, his mother, Carola, is 6 feet and his sister, Weslie, is 5 feet 10.
Young is arguably the best overall player in the draft and lands with his hometown team. Washington adds another ferocious defender to its defensive line that already has Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis, who were among the key sack leaders for the team last season.
As a junior at Ohio State, Young was a unanimous All-American, Heisman Trophy finalist, Bednarik Award winner, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and All-Big Ten Conference. He won a total of six major individual awards.
Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and sacks per game (1.38). He also led the country with six forced fumbles.