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5 things to know from Day 3 at the NFL Combine: Chase Young's big decision, a unique nickname and more

INDIANAPOLIS -- We're chugging right along into the first of four nights of on-field drills at Lucas Oil Stadium.

These were the five newsiest items to emerge on a day highlighted by the draft's top linebackers and defensive linemen.

1. Chase Young explains his decision

Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who is considered one of the best overall players in this year's draft and is pegged by most to be the No. 2 selection to the Redskins behind quarterback Joe Burrow, won't be participating in any of the combine's on-field tests and drills. He'll go through a few on-field drills at his Pro Day but won't run the 40-yard dash or subject himself to any of the other tests synonymous with the pre-draft process.

Young has the kind of clout to pull it off. The decision is not expected to affect his draft status in the slightest.

"We decided that because that first day of camp when I step on the field, I want to be the best player I can be," Young said. "I don't want to waste time trying to be a combine athlete. When I step on the field, I know, I need to know that I put my best foot forward as far as being the best player I can be."

2. Derrick Brown's big decision about to pay off

Derrick Brown, the talented defensive tackle from Auburn, surprised many when he opted to return to school for his senior season. Had he gone pro, he likely would have been a first-round pick.

Now, Brown is pegged as not only a first-round pick after a banner senior season, but as a likely top-10 selection. He's even drawn some comparisons to five-time Pro Bowler Ndamukong Suh.

"I was just trying to be more consistent and dominate the game," Brown said. "Day in and day out, we'd go out and practice, just trying to have that new attitude and trying to work every day."

Brown was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy. He had 55 tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks despite drawing constant double-teams.

"Pass, run, it was a double-team frenzy when it came time to play against us," Brown said. "And that was my job, that's what I was supposed to be doing in the defense, be able to help other guys be better. So that's what I did, tried to do my job to the highest level that I could."

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3. Brown's teammate sheds light on his nickname

Marlon Davidson, another talented Auburn defensive tackle, said Brown was known as "Big Baby" and "Channel 5" during his senior season. The latter, of course, required a follow-up.

"He had all the news," Davidson said. "Everything you got, every reporter, he knew it all, so we came to him for all the information he ever had.

"He's the (Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) president, he's everything Auburn, period. His face is everywhere, so he knows it all. Shoot, why not go to Derrick Brown?"

Brown said his off-field endeavors have come up frequently in interviews with teams.

"It's something I pride myself on, and I try to do my best doing it," Brown said. "So it's something I took to heart and tried to do as best I could."

4. Zack Baun heeds advice from Browns LB Joe Schobert

Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun, a likely Day 2 pick, has tapped into the vast network of Badgers in the NFL as he prepares for the draft.

Among them: Joe Schobert, who has been with the Browns since 2016 after entering the league as a fourth-round pick.

"He said the best thing for him was just diving into his playbook and learning it as much as you can from the older guys," Baun said. "We from Wisconsin are smart enough and intelligent enough to make any transition it may be, and I think that's why guys get a leg up being from Wisconsin because we run such an intricate scheme and just having that advantage going into the next level, whether you're playing the same position you are or making a transition it's pretty flawless."

5. Malik Harrison never gave up

Players like Malik Harrison don't make it to Ohio State much these days. The former high school quarterback was just a three-star recruit, one of the lowest rated in a class that was chock full of four- and five-star players.

Harrison didn't think much of his NFL prospects during the early part of his career, but that soon changed as he developed into one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten. His rating as a high school player gave him an edge that hasn't gone away.

"People like me, we're hungry," Harrison said. "Coming out of high school, I was real hungry. I wasn't the big-time -- well, I blame that on myself, not being out there, being a five-star, things like that, but at the time, I didn't really care about that. I was just caring about getting out there and getting a scholarship. People like me are just hungry to come out here, be in this platform and be out here."

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