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Ohio State’s star edge rusher Chase Young has generated a lot of buzz over the course of the 2019 season. That’s not stopping today, but the latest news surrounding the defensive phenom isn’t so endearing. Young has reportedly been suspended indefinitely by the NCAA. He will subsequently miss the Maryland game this weekend, and his long-term future is up in the air. The suspension of Chase Young also levies questions about his NFL draft stock.

10:15 PM EST Update: Sources have told PFN Draft Analyst and Insider Tony Pauline that Chase Young’s family received a loan from an NFLPA certified agent. Click here for all of the details. 

The details of Young’s suspension are coming out periodically. The report first came to light courtesy of Lettermen Row. According to Lettermen Row, Ohio State has not yet publicly commented on the circumstances surrounding Young’s surprising suspension. It was initially alluded to in the Lettermen Row report that an unspecified NCAA rules violation occurred.

The Lettermen Row report also indicated that several sources close to the situation are “optimistic” that Young will be cleared to resume football activities at some point this season. The suspension is surprising, as Young was a captain for the Ohio State squad, and known to be a valuable leader for the team, as well as an explosive star on defense.

For Young, the suspension is a barrier that halts, at least for the time being, a historic season. Through eight games, Young had logged 13.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles, mounting a rare Heisman-worthy defensive campaign. Young was penciled in as one of the top three draft selections in the coming 2020 NFL Draft, and while that may not change, in spite of the indefinite suspension, perceptions may vary among onlookers.

Young himself took to Twitter to clarify the news, revealing that he had “made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend.” Young went on to state that he had since repaid the loan, and that he is currently working with the NCAA to resolve the matter and return to the football field as soon as possible.

Will the suspension of Chase Young affect his draft stock? Due to the circumstances of Young’s suspension, Young’s draft stock is very unlikely to change. The NFL has shown indifference toward these types of occurrences in the past; Todd Gurley and A.J. Green both accepted money in college, and they were both selected in the top ten of their respective drafts. Young, like Gurley and Green, is a generational talent, and because the circumstances match, the outcome likely will as well.

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